Best Management Practices: Livestock
Livestock have an important role in sustainability, climate change mitigation, and water security. When thoughtfully managed, livestock have the potential to be regenerative forces on the land. Through rotational grazing and holistic management, livestock can be climate resilience allies, building soil health, reversing desertification, restoring habitat, and supporting a healthy water cycle. Livestock can also be watered and maintained on rainwater, reducing the water demand of agriculture.
WHY USE BMPS?
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): "A voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land."
ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program: A collaboration between the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (USDA-RBS) providing "high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States."
The Comet Planer: A collaboration between Colorado State University and the USDA to help producers understand the climate change impacts of agricultural best management practices.
On Pasture: "A free, weekly, online magazine for graziers. Each week we publish 5 to 7 articles, translating research and experience into practices farmers and ranchers can use right away."