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Research Project: Enhancing On-Farm Demonstration and Outreach Efforts for Alfalfa and Dual Purpose Cover Cropping Systems

Location: Dairy Forage Research

Project Number: 5090-12210-001-058-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2022
End Date: Sep 30, 2023

Objective:
1. Develop and implement strategies for use of cover crops, nutrient management and optimal implementation of other conservation-based cropping practices. 2. Develop on-farm research projects and producer outreach for conservation-based cropping practices. 3. Develop and provide in-state and out-of-state training on alfalfa production.

Approach:
Collaborative research between ARS and Cooperator will involve conservation cropping practices and alternative forages. Specialists will be strategically located near major research facilities in the state to enhance their understanding of the research so they replicate trials on farms and build exceptional outreach programs to producers and consultants. To improve the understanding and implementation of optimal alfalfa production practices, an Alfalfa Outreach Specialist will conduct training for farmers, consultants and other professionals both in Wisconsin and nationally.