The second meeting of the Global Innovation Initiative (GII) partnership on Global Farm Platforms for Sustainable Ruminant Production was held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 24th-26th November. The first session of three very productive days was kicked off at the US Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC) by Co-PI Professor Michael Lee (University of Bristol, UK) with a seminar entitled ‘Steps to Sustainable Livestock’. This was followed by a roundtable discussion of GII project deliverables and an introduction to on-going research conducted under the Sustainable Dairy Coordinated Agriculture Project by Professor Matt Ruark. Professors Peter Vadas and Mark Powell then in turn described related research being conducted at the USDFRC. Later in the day, the international delegates, representatives of the University of Bristol and Rothamsted Research (UK), Zhejiang University (China), the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Kansas State University (USA), and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (India), undaunted by the record-breaking early season wintry conditions were given a tour of the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) by Dr Gregg Sanford, with a view to potentially enrolling WICST as a Global Farm Platform within this initiative.
The second day of the workshop was held at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer farm where presentations were given by Prof Tom Moorman on the Long-Term Agro-Ecosystem Research (LTAR) network. Dr Dennis Busch described research at Pioneer Farm, again with a view to the farm becoming a node in the GFP network. The final day of the workshop Prof Chuck Rice of Kansas State University led discussion of the Great Plains Grazing Coordinated Agricultural Project and its interaction with the GII project through student exchanges. It was also agreed that two placements of early career scientists would take place in the New Year 2015 with a scientist from Zhejiang University going to work at USDFRC and a scientist from KVASU coming to work at the North Wyke Farm Platform (Rothamsted Research, UK). Since the workshop both WICST and Pioneer Farm have signed up as study farms within the GFP.
Download meeting Agenda and List of Participants.