Dr. Jose Dubeux
Extension: Strategies to reduce off-farm inputs and increase sustainability of forage production systems in Florida/Forage Management
My 30% extension appointment provides me the opportunity to interact closely with county faculties, producers, and other stakeholders from the forage-livestock industry. This interaction not only gives me an audience to disseminate the research findings in my program, but also provides me feedback from the audience regarding their preeminent needs. The title of my program is: “Strategies to reduce off-farm inputs and increase sustainability of forage production systems in Florida”. Educational programs aiming to disseminate research findings to support the development of a sustainable forage-livestock industry in Florida is a team-effort. This objective will be accomplished only if an interdisciplinary and multi-institution group with common interests provide inputs and test new technologies in a variety of locations. Social and economic components must be addressed. Program objectives:
- To reduce off-farm inputs in forage-livestock production systems (in dollar value) by at least 30% in the next five years and maintain or increase current productivity. Allied technologies to promote this reduction include but are not limited to forage legumes (warm- and cool-season), stockpiled forage, extended grazing season with cool-season grazing, improvement of nutrient use efficiency by plants, improved grazing management.
- To promote adoption of management practices to increase C and N storage in the soil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5% in the next five years.
- To develop educational programs and decision support tools directed towards the extension faculties, producers, policy makers, and allied industry audience to increase awareness of potential cattle production systems for different regions of Florida and to increase forage legume adoption by 20% in Florida Livestock Industry by the next five years.