Feed Management Implementation From a PA NRCS Perspective- Moving from Water Quality to GHG Mitigation 18Nov2021
From Jenifer Wightman
As part of the Working Lands & GHG webinar Series "Understanding and Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in Agriculture & Forestry", this talk features Dan Ludwig from PA NRCS, showing how current NRCS water quality initiatives through feed efficiency may help reduce GHG emissions from livestock systems.
ABSTRACT: During this presentation, participants will learn about what comprises a feed management plan as well as the concepts on how a feed management plan allows producers to make improvements to water and air quality on their farm as well as it’s potential to improve income over feed costs. This presentation will share results of ration manipulation on select farms in Pennsylvania as well as the potential interaction of ration adjustments to mitigate GHGs. The presentation will also discussion financial assistant options through NRCS programs and how nutritionists can become qualified plan writers or Technical Service Providers (TSP).
Dan Ludwig serves as the State Resource Conservationist in Pennsylvania with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Dan’s role as the State Resource Conservationist is to head the Ecological Sciences Division of PA NRCS. The Ecological Sciences Division serves as the lead for disseminating the technical guidance to PA NRCS field offices for conservation planning. This includes agronomy, forestry, grazing and animal husbandry, as well as wildlife biology. Additionally, Dan serves as the Feed Management Specialist for NRCS in Pennsylvania which includes working with certified nutritionists to write feed management plans that look at reducing nutrients in livestock rations to benefit nutrient management and water quality concerns. Before moving into the State Resource Conservationist position, Dan was a regional grazing specialist in SE Pennsylvania for 14 years and a Resource Conservationist for 2 years.