Soil carbon sequestration in pastures

Soil Carbon Sequestration in Pastures
Dr. Curtis Dell, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

Sequestration of carbon (C) in soils is being promoted as a way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from atmosphere and lower the potential for global climate change. Cultivation typically …

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Pasture diversity and management

Pasture diversity and management
Dr. Sarah Goslee, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

There are 120 million acres of pasture in the United States, along with 406 million acres of rangeland and 62 million acres of hay. These grazing and forage crops contribute …

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Diet and behavior

Diet Selection and Grazing Behavior
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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A grazing ruminant is presented with a smorgasbord of choices when turned out onto a pasture. However, little is understood on how selection decisions are made by the animal, including …

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Greenhouse gas emissions from dairy production

The Dairy Greenhouse Gas Model: A tool for estimating the greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint of dairy production systems
C. Alan Rotz and Felipe Montes, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

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The Problem

Animal agriculture is a recognized source of …

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Pasture fallowing

Pasture plant cover and seed bank composition on a Maryland farm after fallowing
Dr. Sarah Goslee, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research
 Unit

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Background

Pasture fallowing is the practice of leaving pastures ungrazed for a period to encourage grass reseeding and increase pasture diversity. This …

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