In 2014, Capital RC&D was awarded funds from Pennsylvania NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program as a matching grant to conduct a project entitled, Employing Short-Term Adaptive Management Strategies to Improve Pasture Soil Health and Climate change resilience on Prescribed Grazing Operations. This three year project was designed to address the long-term impact of prescribed grazing management targeting soil health and pasture resilience. The project will work with farms to address both improved prescribed grazing and also four focus areas: 1. Multi-species forages, 2. Flash grazing of riparian areas, 3. Invasive species control and 4. Soil organic matter improvement.
Successful grazers take the role of Grazing Advisor or Champion and are selected for their experience in managing with respect to the focus areas (Locations of Grazing Champions are shown on map below). One of the several deliverables of this project are video testimonies to document project progress and showcase innovative techniques used by producers working with the project. The videos below highlight the six Grazing Champions who participated for the 2014 round of the project.
2015-2016 follow-up videos are now viewable via the CapitalRCD YouTube Channel or by selecting the appropriate link below:
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Advancing On-Farm Understanding and Application of Silvopasture Technologies in Pennsylvania
In 2013, several partners including the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, USDA's Agricultural Research Service, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, utilized grant funding through Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) program to collaborate with Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs, PA and Wyebrook farm in honeybrook, pa and began a multiyear project to investigate and apply adaptive management for silvopasture establishment in both woody and open pasture environments. This video features thoughts an reflections of project participants including successes, issues experienced during the course of the project, and thoughts for the future.
Northeast Advanced Agroforestry Training for Natural Resources & Agricultural Educators