Webinar: Writing and Monitoring Grazing Plans – Available tools, site specific planning and the economics of southern forage management

Fencing improvements have allowed the Kennedys to better manage livestock grazing while also improving range health.

When: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm EST

Hosts: USDA NRCS Science and Technology

Click here to participate!

Presenters:

  • Brendan Brazee, State Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Boise, ID
  • Pete Deal, Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kissimmee, FL
  • Shane Green, State Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salt Lake City, UT

Description: Participants in this webinar will learn what content should be identifiable within the grazing plan, monitoring plan, and other economic considerations of forage management.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) States are required to assure that a planner whose role is to write, review or approve grazing plans and monitoring plans are fully informed on the technical content and quality for these grazingland conservation products. Participants in this webinar will learn what content should be identifiable within the grazing plan, monitoring plan, and other economic considerations of forage management.

Grazing and monitoring plans address many ancillary benefits and co-benefits. Livestock control in grazing resource management has been the primary benefit of the NRCS grazing conservation effort since 1958. Those first grazing systems established principles of management planning to address the readiness of resources in the pasture to be grazed; the proper degree of use while in the pasture; and varied the season of use yearly in a systematic way. These principles are still required on all grazinglands regardless of the increasing complexity of grazing plans and monitoring requirements today.

In addition, the economic benefit for willing, capable, private or non-government enterprises to produce conservation planning products are evident in Farm Bill Programs. It is essential that a planner gains experience in writing grazing and monitoring plans before being assigned roles of review or approval of planned grazing and monitoring products.

--

The Sage Grouse Initiative, led by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America's western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life.

--