The field experimental team collects comprehensive data sets from soil-plant-animal-atmospheric components of Southern Plains beef-forage systems to develop and validate new measurement techniques and improve our understanding of interactive processes that influence productivity and resilience.
The modeling team works closely with the field experimental team to test and improve a suite of agroecologicial, environmental and economic models that will be applied to develop regional maps of environmental footprints and conduct the Life Cycle Analysis of the systems.
The goal of the social science component of the project is to develop a better understanding of the social factors that contribute to system vulnerability and resilience, and to produce knowledge that can inform management practices.
The Extension team works to synthesize research results and deliver the latest science-based knowledge, including outreach targeted to beef cattle producers and consumers.
The education team connects climate change research to lessons for K-12 teachers that will be posted for educators in the Southern Great Plains region and across the country to use to better understand climate issues.
Beef produced on pasture and rangeland forages and dual-purpose winter wheat in the Southern Great Plains (Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas) provides a significant portion of the nation’s red meat; constitutes the largest land use and agricultural enterprise in the region; and is subject to a widely variable climate. The aim of this project is to answer critically important research questions and deliver Extension programming about impacts of weather, climate variability and climate change on system vulnerability and resilience.
Our long-term goals are to
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