The project goal is to develop and evaluate alternative management systems (including aeration, cover crops, no-till, and manure injection) for dominant agricultural land uses (dairy farms, in particular) in the Northeast that enhance ecosystem services and improve climate change resilience.
We are working with farmers and other researchers to understand how different practices on northeastern dairy farms can help build resilience to weather extremes in a changing climate, and also help improve the quality of the soil and water around them.
Research Project Scope and Details
Through this project we will:
- Implement alternative agricultural management systems on operating farms in the Northeast;
- Quantify carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions, sediment and nutrient loss, and hydrologic characteristics associated with conventional and alternative management systems;
- Evaluate socio-economic factors related to alternative system implementation;
- Estimate ecosystem services of water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation on a broader scale.
This project will utilize edge-of-field flow monitoring stations, soil analysis, socio-economic metrics, and greenhouse gas measurements on cooperating dairy farms in two watersheds. Data will be collected on two field-scale paired watersheds. Comparisons will be made across watershed pairs, as well as four different management systems. We expect that results will be transferable to similar production systems across and outside of the region and will be integrated into outreach/Extension programming to educate and influence change among agricultural stakeholders, service providers, and policy makers.
- Principal Investigator Joshua Faulkner., Farming & Climate Change Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture 802-656-3495, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Co-Principal Investigators:
Carol Adair, Assistant Professor of Climate Change and Adaptation, UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, 802-656-2907, email@example.com
- David Conner, Associate Professor, UVM Community Development & Applied Economics, 802-656-1965, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephanie E. Hurley, Assistant Professor, UVM Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences, 802-656-9501, email@example.com
Interested in knowing more about the Center's work or do you have a question we haven't answered here? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-656-5459 and we'll do our best to help.