USDA Coordinated Agricultural Projects

Summary of USDA Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs)

Sustainable Dairy CAP

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) bring together teams of researchers that represent various geographic areas to support discovery, applications and promote communication leading to innovative, science-based solutions to critical and emerging national priorities and needs. The University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison, Wisconsin, is supported by USDA to study the environmental impact of various dairy production systems and develop best management practices for producers to implement at the farm level. The project’s ultimate goal is to increase the resiliency of dairy production systems while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Partner institution: University of Wisconsin Madison

Dairy CAP website (under construction)

Contact: Sarah Collier

Great Plains Grazing CAP

Beef produced on pasture and rangeland forages and dual-purpose winter wheat in the U.S. Southern Great Plains provides a significant portion of the nation’s red meat; constitutes the largest land use and agricultural enterprise in the region; and is subject to a widely variable climate. The aim of this project is to answer critically important research questions and deliver Extension programming about impacts of weather, climate variability and climate change on system vulnerability and resilience. Our long-term goals are to: better understand vulnerability and enhance resilience of beef-grazing systems in a world of increased climate variability, dynamic land-use, and fluctuating markets safeguard regional production while mitigating the environmental footprint of agriculture.

Partner institution: Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University

Great Plains Grazing CAP website

Contact: Distinguished Prof Charles Rice