2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To provide quantitative information and analytical tools that can be used to evaluate the impact of selected grazingland conservation practices on natural resource values.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The objective will be achieved by improving inventorying and monitoring techniques and conducting field measurements of the impacts of forage harvest management, vegetative seeding, grazing systems, and other conservation practices on soil and water quality including the movement of nutrients and particulate matter and significant changes in biodiversity.
Participation in the Pasture NRI Analysis Team will ensure that sampling meets NRCS objectives, and that data are analyzed and employed correctly to meet scientific and management goals. Although funding for pasture NRI sampling was eliminated in FY2012, the Pasture NRI team is now developing plans for a full roll-out of NRI sampling in FY2013.