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Ecology of Grazing Lands Systems - a Novel Learning Experience.

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See more from this Session: Pastures and Forages Professional Oral Presentation: Agronomy in conjunction with the American Society of Animal Science
Tuesday, February 3, 2015: 9:30 AM
Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain F
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John Herschel Fike, Dept of CSES, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Robert L. Kallenbach, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Carlos Villalobos, Range Management, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX and Bridgett McIntosh, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, Middleburg, VA
The Ecology of Grazing Lands Systems course originally grew out of the need to get students into the field to experience the broad array of soils, forages, livestock and ecosystems so often discussed in pasture and range management courses.  Through the years this class has introduced students to landscapes, land managers, and professionals in environments that would not be available to them in typical settings. In its current form, students complete modules addressing the ecosystems, agriculture, challenges and opportunities, and the current and historical figures working in the regions that the class will traverse.  The modules are completed in late spring and the field portion of the course typically is completed in summer. This presentation will discuss logistics and mechanics, challenges for longevity, and the learning opportunities possible with this unit, field-based class.
See more from this Division: Submissions
See more from this Session: Pastures and Forages Professional Oral Presentation: Agronomy in conjunction with the American Society of Animal Science