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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Synthesizing Forage, Livestock, Climate, and Economic Information into a Decision Support Framework

Location: Forage and Livestock Production Unit

Project Number: 6218-21610-001-07
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 15, 2011
End Date: Sep 14, 2016

Objective:
Develop decision support tools and technology transfer information to communicate forage-grazing agroecosystem research findings to agricultural and natural resource planners and managers.

Approach:
The focus of this collaboration will be to develop a framework that will help formulate agroecosystem management questions into testable hypotheses; develop relevant climate, management, and economic scenarios; and synthesize information and knowledge from past and future research to inform decision making, specifically: a. Identify decision maker (e.g., land owners, resource planners and managers) key needs and priorities. b. Identify climate variations at multiple scales that must be addressed by managers. c. Identify management and economic scenarios of interest to decision makers. d. Synthesize research findings and knowledge base into decision support framework. e. Work with producer and resource planner collaborators to test the decision framework.

Last Modified: 4/17/2014
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