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Seeded Perennial Grasslands: Opportunities for Marginal Cropland in the Great Plains and Midwest.
September 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Native perennial warm-season grasses like switchgrass, big bluestem, and Indiangrass provide environmental and economic opportunities for marginal cropland in the Great Plains and Midwest. Benefits such as increasing soil C, reducing erosion, increasing summer grazing, increasing wildlife habitat, and potentially providing feedstocks for the emerging bioeconomy can all be realized from seeding perennial grasslands. Recent research updates and potential new uses of perennial warm-season grasses will be discussed.
Rob Mitchell is the Research Leader, Location Coordinator, and Supervisory Research Agronomist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Wheat, Sorghum and Forage Research Unit in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also serves as an adjunct Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was born and raised in Elm Creek, NE and completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from UNL. He is the Coordinator of the USDA Central-East Regional Biomass Research Center, serves on several Federal Interagency Working Groups, and is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Fifth National Climate Assessment. He is a Fellow in the Crop Science Society of America and a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 refereed journal publications, plus more than 110 book chapters, proceedings, popular articles, cultivar releases and extension publications. His research encompasses all aspects of establishment, management, harvest, storage, and sustainability of perennial grasses for bioenergy and forage production. He enjoys spending time with family, building, woodworking, and serving in the local church.
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