Management Intensive Grazing: Foundation of Sustainable Agriculture in the South

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1996: $33,762.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $109,463.00
Region: Southern
State: Louisiana
Principal Investigator:
H. Alan DeRamus
University of Southwest Louisiana

Annual Reports


  • Animals: bovine
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Crop Production: cover crops
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, workshop
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, wildlife
  • Soil Management: soil quality/health

    Project objectives:

    The objectives of this project were to provide comprehensive management intensive grazing (MIG) to national Cooperative Extension Service (NCES), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) personnel, and innovative livestock producers stationed in the humid, temperate and subtropical Gulf South through a training project.

    The specific goals were to:

    1. Demonstrate via lectures and hands-on field training the economic, environmental, and agricultural benefits of MIG compared with conventional agriculture.
    2. Illustrate the role of MIG in comprehensive sustainable agriculture planning.
    3. Train participants to assess farm suitability (soils, pastures, buildings, equipment) for MIG. 4. Train participants how to teach field management to other farmers.
    5. Develop and distribute fact sheets on MIG in the South for use by participants and clientele. 6. Development and distribute training videos that will supplement participant knowledge of MIG systems.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.