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Sept. 18: ‘Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching’ series begins

harvested vegetablesSNOHOMISH, Wash. – The fall course series, “Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching,” will begin Sept. 18 and, for the first time, simulcast to three locations near Stanwood, Enumclaw and Vashon Island. » More …

Cattle grazing reduces nutrients for mule deer

 

PULLMAN, Wash. — Moderate spring cattle grazing has been found to reduce both the amount and nutritional properties of forages available to mule deer in spring and fall, according to recently released results from the Pilot Grazing Project, conducted in 2009 in southeast Washington.

 

The project is being conducted by Lisa Shipley and Linda Hardesty, professors in Washington State University department of natural resource sciences, and their students, in a joint effort with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Promoting new grass

Research has shown that cattle grazing can be effective in reducing … » More …

WSU scientists to present at regional crop adviser conference

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists from the WSU department of crop and soil sciences will be among the featured presenters at the Northwest Certified Crop Adviser Conference to be held Aug. 2 – 4 in Spokane.

 

WSU faculty members will lead six of the conference’s 24 breakout sessions:

 

Rich Koenig, soil scientist and chair of the department of crop and soil sciences, will present two sessions – one on soil pH and one on phosphorous chemistry and fertility;

Craig Cogger, WSU Extension educator, will present one session on organic nutrient management;

Professor Bill Pan will lead a session on nitrogen management for high yielding … » More …

More beef, less environmental impact

 

 

PULLMAN – Advances in productivity over the past 30 years have reduced the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of U.S. beef production, according to a new study presented today by a WSU researcher.

 


Capper

In “Comparing the environmental impact of the US beef industry in 1977 to 2007,” assistant professor of animal science Jude L. Capper revealed that improvements in nutrition, management, growth rate and slaughter weights, have significantly reduced the environmental impact of modern beef production and improved its sustainability.

 

Challenging misconceptions

“These … » More …

Right time, place grazing key to sustainability

Cattle grazing. Photo by istockphoto.com

 

 

PULLMAN – Having the right number of cattle on the right piece of land for the right amount of time for the right reasons might be a powerful farming tool for ensuring the long-term sustainability – both economic and environmental – of their operations, according to Donald D. Nelson, Extension beef specialist in the WSU department of animal sciences.

 

“This is a major paradigm shift,” said Nelson. “We are using grazing as a tool to create a desirable future landscape and sustainable ecosystems. Planned grazing mimics natural cycles, which typically are … » More …