Wildlife and Grazing

Name and Position/Title: 
Joe Sellers, Beef Program Specialist

Fiscal Year Submitted: 
FY 2011

POW Title and Number:
142 Improved environmental and animal stewardship by beef producers

Wildlife and Grazing

Issue (Who cares and Why): 
Beef producers continue to lose grazing acres at an alarming rate, while the Iowa beef cow herd numbers continue to decline.  Many recreational and conservation lands could benefit from limited, managed grazing.

What Did You Do? (Outputs – these may include educational meetings, demonstrations or research, media, facilitating, partnering)
We continue to work with various partners on several projects.  These include grazing cluster/interest groups in the Creston and Corydon region, on farm demonstrations at six locations in south central Iowa, a brochure explaining the benefits of grazing to wildlife habitat, a forum held at Whiterock Resort to get input from stakeholders, and a discussion on grazing CRP.  In September a tour of several demos in south central Iowa was attended by producers, landowners, and conservation/wildlife staff.  Two pasture walks held at other locations showcased compatible uses of grasslands.

Sellers is working with ISU researchers on three projects – one at Whiterock Conservancy land, another in Lucas County with Dr Jim Russell, and the ongoing project with Polk County Conservation and the Leopold Center. 

Results (Outcomes – was there a increase in knowledge, new skills learned, new decisions made, new practices implemented, increased profitability, new standards, enhanced quality of life)
Interest continues to build among producers and conservationists.  Discussions with ICA have resulted in Iowa and NCBA policy recommendations on expanded grazing of CRP.  Partners including the Leopold Center, ISU College of Ag, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, and the South Central Iowa Area Partnership support demonstrations and educational programming.

Page last updated: July 19, 2011
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