Forage and Grazing Lands
CSSA offers specialized Divisions of Interest, giving you the opportunity to develop focused peer networks and information resources. Via the divisions, members present papers at the Annual Meetings and participate in the business meetings. The divisions may also host listservs, web pages and newsletters. As a division member, you can also guide the division direction by participating in elections and serving through leadership opportunities.
Division C06 of CSSA focuses on the science of understanding and using forages, grazinglands, and related resources. Key topics include conservation and utilization in grazing systems, forage and grazing utilization, forage nutritive value and management, forage and grazing interactions with the environment, forage growth and development. The mission of Division C06 is to serve forage and grazingland ecosystem sciences by fostering communication among scientists and their clientele, facilitating professional development, and engaging contemporary issues. The division’s efforts focus on scientific advancement, application of the ever-growing knowledge base, and providing guidance on wise use of forage-based resources.
Open Position: Assistant Professor - Forage Specialist Agronomy Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. 70% Extension and 30% Research. See job description: Job Description
Open Position: Assistant Professor of Rangeland Science and Management at UC Davis. Deadline November 30th. Position Description: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01239
Open Position: Forage Agronomist at USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA. For more information contact Dr. Kathy Soder at email@example.com or 814-865-3158.
Other Future Meetings of Interest:
Southern Pasture & Forage Crop Improvement Conference, June 5-7, 2017. Knoxville, TN
Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future, June 27-29, 2017. Blacksburg, VA. www.regonline.com/NAAC2017
10th International Symposium of the Nutrition of Herbivores, Sept. 2-6, 2018. Clermont-Ferrand, France
Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Awards
The Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Awards recognize graduate students who make outstanding paper presentations in the Forage and Grazinglands Division at the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) annual meetings. The awards acknowledge the career and vision of Dr. Robert F Barnes, who served as a USDA-ARS forage scientist and administrator from 1959 to 1986 before serving as ASA-CSSA-SSSA Executive Vice President from 1986 to 1999. He served as emeritus EVP of ASA-CSSA-SSSA and co-editor of Forages, the leading book in the discipline. Dr. Barnes passed away in 2013 and this competition continues as his contribution to forage science. Competition will be open to all graduate students who chose to submit abstracts to the Division C-6 program and the CSSA annual meeting. Score sheets may be viewed here. Selection of award recipients is based on the quality of the oral presentation and the contribution of research to the Division C-6 fields of study. Both Oral and Poster Presentations are judged. The goal of the fund is to recognize, encourage, and attract new educators, scientists, and practitioners to the division and its areas of study. Donate to the Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Fund here.
2016 Award Recipients for Oral Presentations:
First Place - Gabriel Pent, Virginia Tech
Second Place - Lisa Baxter, Texas Tech University
Third Place - Reagan Noland, University of Minnesota
2016 Award Recipients for Poster Presentations:
First Place - Erin Stenklyft, University of Florida
Second Place - Jerri Lynn Dodson, Missouri State University
Third Place - Angela Parker, The Ohio State University
Division C06 Annual Business Meeting Minutes
Links of Interest
- Pastureland Literature Synthesis: Conservation Outcomes from Pastureland and Hayland Practices (USDA, NRCS)
- American Forage and Grassland Council
- Forages of Florida Mobile App
- International Grassland Society
- National Hay Association
- Publication: An International Terminology for Grazing Lands and Grazing Animals (Allen et al., 2011)
- Southern Forages now translated into Spanish (available from IPNI)
- Southern Pasture & Forage Crop Improvement Conference
- Tall Fescue Online Monograph