2019 Research Priorities

  1. Explore new methods to transfer knowledge and information to increase adoption of research findings within the agriculture community; incorporate social science research into increased adoption and technology transfer

    • Including Farm Bureau to additionally influence regulations and legislations

    • USDA-ARS—-keep working with and building partnerships

    • Seek new contact with USDA-NRCS Chief, commitment to encourage reps from every state (electronic options for joining?)

    • Strengthen Extension research connections, work listservs and across communication methods

    • University research connections, work listservs and across communication methods—-use OREI funding opportunity

    • Invite farmers from all NEPC states (Cedar Tree grant—-NE states, could apply to USDA OTT, USDA-NIFA Scott Angle)

  2. Ecosystems Services and Disservices from Pasture Systems and Grazing Management

    • Impacts to riparian areas

    • Impacts to water quality (citizen involvement)

    • Wildlife benefits to adaptive grazing management

    • Impacts of permanent stream and streambank exclusion from livestock grazing riparian area pastures

    • Economic models for ecosystem service payments (measurement, payment, structure)

    • Silvopasture contributions to carbon sequestration; adaptive strategy in changing climate conditions

  3. Research adjustments in forage management needs in a changing climate

    • Regional management approaches (understanding variability)

    • Species adaptation and evaluation (meadow fescue, use of annuals, increase in invasive plants)

  4. Soil biology and management impacts on animal health and human health

    • Small ruminant parasite research at WVU, Rhode Island, Cornell

    • Red and white clover functions in animal and soil health, pollinators, forage and animal production

    • Grazing management as it affects soil health (compaction, worms)

  5. Further research in meat and dairy products regarding human nutrition and health

    • Fatty acid updates, importance of side chains on long chain FAs (Jana Kraft), and short chain FAs

    • Artificial gut for milk digestibility

    • Whole milk/fats

    • Probiotics/prebiotics

    • C3, C4 grasses, forbs, and effects on O-3 in milk and meat

  6. Addressing the Heavy Use Area/Pasture interface (vegetation management)

    • Comparison of options (deep-bed packs, composted packs, wood chips)

    • Biological composition of bedded packs and livestock health (mastitis—-John Barlow & Deb Neher)

    • Bale grazing & in-field winter management/calving

    • Species evaluation for vegetated heavy use areas

  7. Farm profitability and upcoming cultural/societal changes

    • Compare different philosophies, results, benchmarks

    • Development of artificial meat (and other animal products) and how will that affect our work, audience, research

    • Ecological/carbon footprint of animal production compared to ecological footprints of alternative products

    • Quality assurance program requirements; impacts on profitability