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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF MIDWESTERN BEEF PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 1902-11130-002-07
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Mar 01, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2012

Objective:
Compare the environmental footprints of a current beef production system in the Midwestern U.S. to those of a typical production system used 30 years ago.

Approach:
The beef production system of ARS’s Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, will be simulated using the Integrated Farm System Model. Model parameters will be determined through site visits and discussions with the managers of the operation. Available data from the center will be used to evaluate and support the simulation results. A typical production system of the 1970’s will also be modeled, and the simulation results of the two production systems will be compared to determine expected improvements made in reducing the environmental footprint and cost of beef production. This information will be provided to another organization that is developing a full life cycle assessment of beef production, processing, and use.

Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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