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Research Project: Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) Grazing Research Proposal - Northern Plains

Location: Integrated Cropping Systems Research

Project Number: 3080-12620-006-008-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2023
End Date: Jul 31, 2025

Determine effects of grazing management practices on soil biological measures that relate to soil health and the ecosystem services provided by soil organisms.

For the proposed studies, all ranches will be located in the Northern Plains. Soil samples will be collected in a defensible manner from replicated ranches performing specified types of grazing practices - conventional and adaptive, multipaddock grazing. Soil samples will be analyzed in the laboratory for measures that include: basal and substrate-induced respiration, abundances of soil bacteria and fungi, presence of specific indicator taxa, and functional gene abundances that support ecologically-important processes such as C and N transformations.