- Animals: bovine
- Animal Production: watering systems
- Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, participatory research, technical assistance
- Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, risk management, value added
- Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management
- Sustainable Communities: partnerships, public participation, social networks, sustainability measures
The mission of this project is to help livestock producers understand their role related to the ever-changing environmental regulations that impact agriculture, especially involving water quality. Among these are confined feeding animals operation rules, agricultural water quality management plans and total maximum daily load regulations. Noting that many producers feel overwhelmed and confused by the often complicated regulations, the project team will develop links between government agencies and producers. A user-friendly kit on water quality regulations that apply to livestock producers will be published through a diverse committee of private and government representatives. Inspectors for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s confined animal feeding operations will work with producers to help them understand and resolve potential problems. And 15 workshops in 2004 will educate producers about water quality regulations that affect them.