UW Part of $ 19 Million Research Project to Understand How Range Management Affects Soil Health and Producer Well-Being | Farm and ranch

The Food and Agriculture Research Foundation awarded the Noble Research Institute a $ 9.5 million grant to conduct this work. The Noble Research Institute is providing $ 7.5 million for this project with additional financial contributions from the Greenacres Foundation, Jones Family Foundation and ButcherBox.

For decades, farmers and ranchers who implemented soil health principles improved the overall health of their land and experienced more profitable operations.

This research will quantify these observations and examine how pasture management decisions relate to the overall health of the ecosystem, including the social and economic well-being of the farmer, rancher and land manager.

The project will provide farmers and ranchers with tools that simply and accurately measure soil health outcomes in grazing environments to guide management decisions and quantify the impact of intentional management, according to the Nobile Research Institute. Measuring soil health requires techniques that are often site specific and costly for livestock keepers.

The project explores why some producers adopt principles of enhancing soil health, such as adaptive grazing management, while others do not. He is also interested in social and economic sustainability (well-being of producers), which have rarely been studied in agriculture or, in particular, in animal husbandry.