Start Date: Sep 11, 2011
End Date: Sep 10, 2012
The Northeast Pasture Research and Extension Consortium will continue to link and provide input to ARS and University researchers, Cooperative Extension and Natural Resources and Conservation Service educators, producers, and others involved in the grazing livestock industries of the northeastern U.S. The Consortium facilitates the exchange of information on pasture systems and grazing management through meetings where Consortium members and cooperators discuss research needs and learn about recent research accomplishments. An email network and a web site will also be used to communicate information between the members of the Consortium throughout the year. This extensive communication network, which may also include printed materials, will facilitate technology transfer to producers, those advising and educating producers, and others involved in the forage-livestock industry, and will strengthen research relevance and impact through prioritizing and planning new research. The Consortium will facilitate the development of printed materials and grant proposals based on identified priorities and encourages producer involvement through on-farm research and field demonstrations. This ongoing exchange of ideas and experiences builds trust between the user community and public-sector providers and assures relevance and accountability for program supported by the investment of public and private funds in pasture research.