Amazing Grazing project funded
Kansas Farmers Union has received a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center.
KFU will use these funds to support Kansas livestock producers challenged by rising input costs, intensifying drought conditions and increasing land prices. Amazing Grazing programming includes a conference, six workshops and two field days across the state. The project will tap both Kansas experts and nationally-known educators to assist producers in enhancing grazing management.
More than 300 graziers are expected to participate in events covering diverse topics such as range and drought planning, low-stress livestock handling, improved soil health and forage development. The grant is a collaboration with the Kansas Graziers Association, a grassroots producer organization formed in 2000 to support Kansas ranchers with educational activities including workshops, tours and networking opportunities.
“The beauty of this group is the way in which members share their experiences and wisdom with each other-the good, the bad, and the different,” according to Mary Howell, KGA board secretary and KFU member specialist.
“We’re extremely excited to organize and offer this high quality programming,” said Howell, who will serve as project director. “The upcoming year of activities are open to anyone involved in the ranching and livestock industry and will be very worthwhile. Stay turned for dates and details.”
Cal Adams worked with Howell to survey more than 200 graziers in 2012, and the results directed the group to the most needed education areas and documented producer demand for the proposed programming, a major requirement for funding.
“I’m really happy that KFU can offer the livestock producers of Kansas availability to these great resources, especially as drought management affects our management decisions more all the time,” said Donn Teske, KFU president.
Amazing Grazing project collaborators include Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, Nation Resources Conservation Service, Kansas State Research and Extension, and Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops.
The North Central Risk Management Education Center, supported by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, awards grants through a competitive application and review process.
Visit the Amazing Grazing blog for information, event details or to sign up for the e-newsletter: kansasgraziers.blogspot.com