(NAFB)--USDA has awarded nearly 20-million dollars to support research, education and Extension activities associated with climate solutions in agriculture aimed at the impacts of climate variability and change on dairy and beef cattle. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the projects that receive funding will deliver the best tools available to accurately measure and respond to the effects of climate and beef and dairy production. He says farmers and ranchers need sound, science-based information and solutions to help them make management decisions that will sustain their productivity and keep their operations economically viable.
The University of Wisconsin in Madison received 9.9-million over five years to study the environmental impact of various dairy production systems and develop best management practices for producers to implement at the farm level. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the resiliency of dairy production systems while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Oklahoma State University received 9.6-million dollars over five years to better understand vulnerability and resilience of Southern Great Plains beef in an environment of increased climate variability, dynamic land-use and fluctuating markets. The team’s goal is to safeguard regional beef production while mitigating the environmental footprint of agriculture.
These Coordinated Agricultural Projects bring together teams of researchers that represent various geographic areas to support discovery, applications and promote communication leading to innovative, science-based solutions to critical and emerging national priorities and needs. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture made the awards through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funding opportunity.