1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
A cooperative research project to link livestock graziers and federal, state, land grant, and private research and extension groups into partnerships that will identify, develop, coordinate, and promote pasture research and extension leading to economically, socially, and environmentally sound and sustainable grazing-based livestock production systems for the Northeastern U.S.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
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.
3. Progress Report:
The annual Northeast Pasture Research and Extension Consortium meeting was held in Latham, NY on Jan 25-26, 2012. In attendance were approximately 60 farmers, research, action agency, and extension personnel. Because of federal budget constraints the executive has begun looking for grants and other alternative funding sources to fund future consortium activities.