Effect of Transition from Inorganic Pasture Management to Manure/Compost Pasture Management on Milk Nutritional Quality
Rodale Institute and USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Dairy & Functional Foods Research Unit scientists will collect quantitative and seasonal data on the compounds of interest in milk from conventional and transitioning organic farms as well as provide unique data to establish how quickly milk will reflect changes in management practices as the farm transitions from conventional to organic.
Integrated Livestock-Crop Rotation Management to Maximize Carbon Sequestration and Economic Returns
This project will allow researchers to quantify the ability of integrated crop and livestock systems to increase soil health and carbon sequestration, reduce dependence on fossil-fuel-based inputs, and improve economic returns for farmers, relative to cash grain systems. This joint effort between the Rodale Institute and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will have significant economic and conservation implications for the forage, crop, and pasturelands of the U.S and will provide new information on carbon sequestration from these lands.