Iowa Learning Farms’ March 20 webinar will discuss the role of livestock in sustainable agriculture.
This webinar will focus on ruminant nutrition and feeding practices, and how ruminant production can be linked with crop diversity, soil health, climate and sustainable agriculture. Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of production practices and current economics.
“The role of livestock in sustainable agriculture is misunderstood,” says Rasmussen, whose expertise extends to many areas of agriculture, agricultural microbiology, animal health and nutrition. He hopes that webinar viewers will gain a better understanding of the many benefits of forage-based agriculture.
Cattle industry’s many segments
Defining sustainability is a difficult task. Several factors can help define what is sustainable: impact on protected wildlife, biodiversity, soil and land quality, water resources usage and quality, deforestation, land use and management, social responsibility, nutritional security, and community and financial viability.
Sustainable beef is produced efficiently, packs the most nutrient punch and creates the least environmental impact.
To watch, go to iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before noon March 20 to download the Zoom software and login option. The webinar will be recorded and archived for watching at any time.