Location: Plant Science ResearchTitle: Well-managed grazing systems: a forgotten hero of conservation Author
Submitted to: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/23/2012
Publication Date: 7/2/2012
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/57860
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.
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