- Agronomic: grass (misc. perennial), hay
- Animals: bovine, poultry, sheep
- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: grazing - continuous, free-range, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, grazing - rotational, stockpiled forages, watering systems, winter forage, feed/forage
- Crop Production: nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers
- Production Systems: holistic management, integrated crop and livestock systems
This project provided professional development training at three regional workshops in management intensive grazing systems to 65 Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation District (NRCS) personnel. Participants gained a general understanding of management intensive grazing systems and were given the necessary resources to refer their clientele to appropriate experts and other sources of information. A resource notebook was developed that was used in conjunction with the workshops and as a future reference guide. The workshops and related activities increased the involvement of the University of Illinois Agroeconomic/Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) in management intensive grazing systems outreach as well as increased the awareness of sustainable agriculture to workshop participants.
1.Extension, NRCS and SWCD personnel will be provided with professional development training in management intensive grazing systems. Three workshops will provide personnel with an introduction to these systems through classroom instruction and field tours. Participants will gain a general understanding of management intensive grazing systems and will have the necessary resources to refer the clientele to appropriate experts and other sources of information. The educators for the workshops will include Extension, NRCS, Uofl researchers, grazing and forage specialists from other states and producers employing management intensive grazing systems on their farms.
2.Compile a resource notebook that will be used in conjunction with the workshops. The notebook will contain several publications, including Missouri Grazing Manual and the ATTRA Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet. The notebook will also include information about sustainable agriculture programs and activities in Illinois, as well as SARE programs, regionally and nationally.
3.Increase the involvement of the University of Illinois Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) in management intensive grazing systems education and outreach.
4. Increase the awareness of sustainable agriculture to those presently involved in management intensive grazing systems outreach, education and research and the workshop participants. Provide information about the ASAP program and SARE activities both in North Central region and nationally.