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K-State scientists to study cattle grazing

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 7:20 a.m.

Scientists at Kansas State University will take part in a $9.6 million grant-funded study to research how to continue successful cattle grazing in spite of future climate changes, the university said in a statement released this week.

The university said the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the five-year grant to a multi-state group that includes Kansas State, Oklahoma State, the University of Oklahoma and others.

Researchers will study how cattle producers can adapt to future episodes of drought, flooding, extreme heat, subzero temperatures, the university said.

Most cattle herds are raised on permanent grazing lands and wheat pasture in the Southern Great Plains, including Kansas, the university said. Protecting cattle from climate variability is one key to American food security, said Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy and one of the leaders of the team.

The Kansas State team will work with ranchers and farmers about how to work with grasslands, water supplies and other resources, the university said.

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