Project ID



This project, the first of its kind in the nation, used land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program to demonstrate intensive rotational grazing as an economically and environmentally viable alternative use for highly erodible land due to come out of CRP contracts beginning in 1996. A local committee secured funds and expertise from various agencies to establish three grazing systems. Forage improvement, innovative watering and fencing systems, contour lanes, and other aspects of grazing were implemented and evaluated. The project also included a field survey inventory of land in 300 CRP contracts in a three-county area. Another important segment of this five-year project involved education activities such as field days, grazing clinics, tours, and presentations both on and off the site.

Principal Investigator(s)

Brian C. Peterson


Norvell Houck

Year of Grant Completion