Project Number: 6209-31630-003-35
Start Date: Feb 15, 2013
End Date: Feb 14, 2015
This project will use an interdisciplinary and community-based participatory approach to organize research, education, and extension activities. 1. We will develop a community-based extension/education program to engage beef cattle ranchers and farmers in the process of research design, implementation, and delivery. 2. We will develop a functional network of monitoring sites at the scales of plot, field, farm, landscape, and watershed that will represent gradients of climate, water, land use, and beef cattle production systems in the region. 3. We will combine geospatial technology, biogeochemical models, hydrological models, and in situ data to estimate, monitor, and forecast carbon, nitrogen, and water dynamics in the region; we will also use advanced regional-scale climate-land (including agriculture) models to provide information to the users. 4. We will develop standard methodologies to measure and model C, N, and water footprints of beef cattle production systems and develop best management practices and technology that would reduce C, N, and water footprints, carry out life cycle analysis, and develop enterprise-specific decision support tools that will assist beef cattle producers and farmers to make risk-based management and decision-making.