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Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:20pm
Peter Woodbury, Aaron Gabriel & Michael Baker
SCS & Cornell Cooperative Extension
The need for increased food, feed, fiber, and fuel production during the 21st century will increase pressure on our finite land base, including in New York State. Grassland grazing and stored forage systems have many advantages for producing livestock in a cost-effective manner while maintaining and improving environmental quality. New York grasslands could also produce hay for export, if supply chains can be developed. These grasslands could also produce feedstocks for bioenergy production. There are up to 1.7 million acres with varying soil quality and grass yield potential that are potentially available and suitable for new commercial hay, forage, grazing and livestock production. We will discuss the yield potential of these lands for different types of hay and forage. We will also discuss the potential for livestock production and commercial hay production on these lands. While there is a lot of land available, and some of it has good yield potential, there are many challenges and barriers to effective use of these lands. We think it would take a large focused, multi-year effort on the part of many people working together to bring a substantial portion of these land back into production. Come join us for presentations about the potential and conversation about what needs to be done to achieve this potential.
The seminar will be available online via Zoom as well, https://cornell.zoom.us/j/768606636.