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Research Project: Outreach and Promotion of Regenerative Grazing Practices to Support Soil Health and Economic Resilience

Location: Dairy Forage Research

Project Number: 5090-12210-001-059-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

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

Objective:
Objective 1. Provide regional mentoring and educational opportunities for producers led by producers. Objective 2: Educate agricultural and conservation educators on the grazing practices that support soil health.

Approach:
For Objective 1, the Cooperator will hold a Grazing Road Show in each of North Dakota's five Soil Conservation Districts. The target audience will be ND farmers and ranchers primarily and soil conservation district personnel, businesses, government agencies and nonprofits who support farmers and ranchers in their conservation efforts secondarily. The Road Show will feature a local rancher sharing regenerative land management strategies that positively impact all agricultural- and wildlife-based land types. Other presenters at each stop may include a national grazing expert to help attract attendees; the nearest ND Leopold Conservation Award Winner; Cooperator field representatives who can offer technical assistance; and agency and conservation group partners. For Objective 2, the Cooperator will hold trainings in each of the five Soil Conservation Districts to provide education and resources on improving soil health. This includes knowledge of ndgrazingexchange.com, a website developed by the Cooperator to support agricultural and conservation educators. The target audience for these trainings are Soil Conservation District and NRCS personnel, with the crop and livestock producers forming a secondary audience. The goal is to educate the educators on how to properly use the tool so that they can assist producers.