Beef production in the Southern Great Plains (SGP) has always been a challenge. Periods of extreme heat and drought, changing markets, etc. have always challenged beef producers in the SGP. In the future, higher temperatures and greater frequency of drought are predicted and for beef production to continue to survive and thrive in the SGP new technologies must be developed and adopted. In 2013, research and extension faculty from Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, USDA-ARS, Tarleton State University and the Noble Foundation teamed together and received the USDA-NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project Grant, “Resilience and vulnerability of beef cattle production in the Southern Great Plains under changing climate, land use and markets.” Our Great Plains Grazing team’s overall mission is to answer research questions and deliver extension programming about the impacts of climate variability and climate change on the grazing portion of the beef industry. Our project goals are to: (1) better understand vulnerability and enhance resilience of beef-grazing systems in a world of increased climate variability, dynamic land-use, and fluctuating markets, and (2) safeguard regional production while mitigating the environmental footprint of agriculture. Our overall hope is to increase resilience to climate variability and climate change and sustain the productivity of beef grazing systems in the Southern Great Plains. The research presented below is a summary of results of research that has been conducted.
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