Innovation Center for US Dairy Western Project

Corn silage and alfalfa average the highest percentage of dairy feed rations in the U.S. With the addition of these crops in the Fieldprint Platform, this project allows dairy cooperatives and their farmers to trial the tool, assess value, provide feedback, and identify continuous improvement opportunities. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will use aggregate findings from implementing dairy cooperatives to inform national strategies for dairy feed sustainability. This project further connects to the NRCS Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET), and will identify opportunities for Fieldprint data to provide RSET inputs that can advance farmer access to NRCS conservation support.

Complete
Insight

Engagement Targets

Notes: (1) I Minor fluctuations in the number of retained growers is expected from year to year. These fluctuations may be due to year-over-year crop rotation effects or other factors beyond the control of the project. Enrolled acres represent the total number of acres on an individual farm in a specific year. The ability to report enrolled acres is based on the Fieldprint Project Standard requirement that individual growers enrolled in projects enter at least 10% of the acres managed for a specific crop. (2) Entered acres represent the actual number of enrolled acres for which data is entered in the Fieldprint Platform for analysis.

Objectives

Support 100% of participating farmers in understanding the feed sustainability impacts of their current management decisions through use of the Fieldprint Platform by end of year 2019.
First Party Verified
Identify opportunities to link Fieldprint inputs to the NRCS RSET tool and compile findings, in collaboration with the Innovation Center for U.S. dairy, by end Q2 2020.
First Party Verified
Collect farmer feedback on perceived value of the tool and share findings with Field to Market (aggregated across cooperative projects by the Innovation Center), by Q2 2020.
First Party Verified

Participants

Project Lead Organization(s)
Innovation Center for US Dairy (Full)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (Full)

Project Details

Status
Complete
Pathway
Insight
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