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2013-09-26 23:24:46

The authors of two companion papers featured in Rangeland Ecology & Management assess three main components of climate change: rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, atmospheric warming, and altered patterns of precipitation. Increasing awareness of and preparedness for climatic variability will promote both the supply of ecosystem services and the maintenance of human livelihoods well into the future. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) September 26, 2013 Since beginning of...

2013-09-04 08:03:26

Big global questions face us, among them: How will we feed a growing global population without ruining the soil and polluting freshwater?  Or meet our burgeoning energy demands while curbing the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel rising sea levels, flooding, drought, disease and wildfire? And what can we do to stem the extinction of thousands of other species that share the planet with us? These daunting “environmental” problems are not only in the domain of ecologists and...

2013-07-25 23:01:49

An article in the current issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management provide a participatory method to develop indicators of plant and animal diversity that can evaluate many environments yet also be tailored to a specific habitat. The authors concluded that their method encourages group decision-making, and it easily and rapidly tests the response of biological diversity to grazing in an area. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 People have long believed that too many...

2013-06-28 23:17:49

An article in the June issue of the journal Rangelands details a conservation partnership across 11 western states that is bringing a more unified approach to reducing threats to the sagebrush ecosystem and the wildlife that inhabits it. It is a proactive tactic to reduce the fuel that can feed wildfires and also lay a course for recovery of desired plant and wildlife in the wake of a fire. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) June 28, 2013 A conservation partnership across 11 western states is bringing...

2012-12-19 11:26:08

An Australian technology company is close to commercializing the world´s first fully automated system for mustering and managing cattle in the rangelands. Alice Springs-based Precision Pastoral Pty Ltd has developed the Remote Livestock Management System (RLMS), which can save cattle producers around $68 a head in annual cattle operational costs and help them ensure their businesses have a strong economic future The Australian Government has announced it will provide a $350,000...

Image 1 - Zebras vs. Cattle: Not So Black-and-white
2011-09-23 03:57:09

  Grazing by wild animals like zebra doesn't always harm, and may help, livestock like cattle African ranchers often prefer to keep wild grazers like zebras off the grass that fattens their cattle. But a new study by Kenyan and University of California at Davis researchers shows that grazing by wild animals doesn't always harm, and may sometimes benefit, cattle. The results are published in this week's issue of the journal Science. "Although savanna rangelands worldwide...

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2011-08-04 09:53:33

By Don Comis, ARS Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published Aug 3 in the scientific journal Nature by a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists. Warmer temperatures increase water loss to the atmosphere, leading to drier soils. In contrast, higher CO2 levels cause leaf stomatal pores to partly close, lessening the amount of water vapor that escapes...

2011-03-29 16:52:34

Ranchers in the central Great Plains may be using some of their winter downtime in the future to rehearse the upcoming production season, all from the warmth of their homes, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) soil scientists. The ranchers would use the GPFARM (Great Plains Framework for Agricultural Resource Management)-Range computer model to see which cattle or sheep stocking rate scenarios are sustainable. Soil scientists Gale Dunn and Laj Ahuja with USDA's Agricultural...

2011-03-02 20:53:53

Fire, cattle and even prairie dogs all could play a role in sustaining the biodiversity of the western Great Plains, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher. As large grazers, cattle now perform the historical role of buffalo on the Great Plains. Ecologist David Augustine and his colleagues-in collaboration with state, federal, and university researchers-have results from several studies over the past 13 years showing that fire, cattle and prairie dogs together...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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