Irrigated Pastureland Enhancement Program

Irrigated Pastureland Enhancement Program

Irrigated Pastureland Enhancement Program

Soil moisture monitoring

California livestock producers rely on over 500,000 acres of irrigated pasturelands during the dry summer months when rangeland provides low quality forage. Today, these pasturelands are increasing impacted by water scarcity. The scarcity results from growing drought frequency and severity, as well as rising water demands from high value crops, urban use, and environmental uses. Regulatory pressures are mounting as well, further influencing the use of irrigated pasturelands.

For these reasons, it has become critical that producers boost their adoption of sustainable integrated management strategies.

Leslie Roche and her team with the University of California Cooperative Extension are using a participatory research approach ranchers and professionals can use to enhance irrigated pastureland management for economic and environmental outcomes. The project has engaged 23 ranchers, managing a total of 4,000 acres, to examine potential trade-offs and benefits of different adaptive management strategies affecting economic viability, environmental quality, and supply of socially valued goods and services.

The team has created an online Irrigated Pasture Management Hub where ranchers can access information and tools on best practices and pastureland enhancement strategies, and participate in peer-to-peer information exchange.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) OW16-013, Irrigated Pastureland Enhancement Program .

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