Submitted to: Soil and Water Conservation Society
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: March 16, 2009
Publication Date: March 27, 2009
Citation: Franzluebbers, A.J., Steiner, J.L., Johnson, D. 2009. Foreword to farming with grass: Achieving sustainable mixed agricultural landscapes. Soil and Water Conservation Society. Technical Abstract: The Farming with Grass conference was developed to bring together diverse stakeholders in grassland environments to (a) help assess the current condition of agriculture, (b) consider alternative production scenarios for grassland agricultural ecosystems, (c) identify key issues hindering the development of more sustainable systems, and (d) clarify the role of science and government policies in developing options for the future. This foreword to the Farming with Grass e-book was prepared by key organizers of the conference, scientists from Agricultural Research Service in Watkinsville GA and El Reno OK and the program organizer of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Farming with Grass e-book consists of 16 invited papers addressing the five themes of the conference: (1) Status and trends in types of agricultural systems, (2) Environmental, social, and economic benefits of mixed grassland landscapes, (3) Factors driving changes in grassland environments, (4) Assessment tools for monitoring and predicting changes in grassland agricultural systems, and (5) Science and policy needed to sustain agriculture in mixed grassland environments.