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Research Project: Strategies to Predict and Manipulate Responses of Crops and Crop Disease to Anticipated Changes of Carbon Dioxide, Ozone and Temperature

Location: Plant Science Research

Title: Well-managed grazing systems: a forgotten hero of conservation

item Franzluebbers, Alan
item Paine, Laura - Wisconsin Department Of Agriculture
item Winsten, Jonathan - Winrock International
item Krome, Margaret - Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
item Sanderson, Matt
item Ogles, Kevin - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)
item Thompson, Dennis - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)

Submitted to: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/23/2012
Publication Date: 7/2/2012
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Citation: Franzluebbers, A.J., Paine, L., Winsten, J., Krome, M., Sanderson, M.A., Ogles, K., Thompson, D. 2012. Well-managed grazing systems: a forgotten hero of conservation. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 67:100A-104A.

Interpretive Summary: Ecologically sound grazing management is an under-used and under-appreciated conservation tool in the eastern US. Scientists from USDA Agricultural Research Service in Raleigh NC and Mandan ND collaborated with professional agricultural specialists with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; Winrock International; Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to prepare a perspective article that (a) summarized the potential of well-managed pasture systems to provide ecosystem services, (b) discussed the barriers to adoption of well-managed pasture systems, and (c) proposed potential solutions to move well-managed pasture systems forward through education and extension efforts. This perspective has broad implications for how agriculture might be practiced throughout the eastern US, especially through ecologically sound pasture-based management.

Technical Abstract: No technical abstract