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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2019

Northern Great Basin Native Seed Production Cooperative

Seed Production Cooperative

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Titre : Northern Great Basin Native Seed Production Cooperative

Identification : 2070-22000-006-01-S

Pays : Etats Unis

Durée : Start Date : Sep 16, 2019 // End Date : Sep 16, 2024

Location : Range and Meadow Forage Management Research : Burns, OR

America is losing its rural agriculturally-based communities. Many issues plague small agriculturally based towns, counties and communities. Four of the most serious and fundamental issues for Harney County and the entire four state (California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon) region are : 1) Seriously diminished and diminishing water supply for agriculture and forage production, 2) Loss of livestock forage and wildlife habitat because of invasive species (including weeds and carp), 3) Frequent, large, and costly wildfires on millions of acres that destroy natural resources and the environment that require extensive restoration, and 4) Limited and diminishing economic opportunities our citizens and communities related to hardships occurring in cropping systems and for livestock producers depending on a sustainable natural resource base. In response, the High Desert Partnership (HDP) and the ARS has facilitated several collaborative groups working to identify solutions to address these fundamental issues of the rural western U.S. One solution identified from the working groups is to facilitate the development of a “Northern Great Basin Native Seed Production Cooperative”. As quality habitat continues to be destroyed by invasive annual grasses and frequent reoccurring burns, land restoration has become an essential part of repairing the structure, function and use of rangeland. As a direct result, the demand for native seeds is growing exponentially, primarily because the Federal Government requires native seeds to be used whenever and wherever possible in accordance with the National Native Seed Policy. Restoration is critical for the wildlife habitat needed and to enhance the natural resource base and the environment to sustain a competitive agricultural economy in the region. Genetically appropriate native seeds adapted and grown locally simply do not exist for southeastern Oregon and the northern Great Basin region. All of this can provide opportunities for producers to grow valuable crops using less groundwater than most current production systems. The primary objective is to create a self-sustaining business hub that fosters communication, cooperation, contracting, collection, production, storage and use of high-quality native seeds for large-scale land restoration, and advances a native seed-production industry that is economically sustainable and fosters the development of economically-viable reduced water-use agricultural production that helps achieve contemporary resource-use goals in the northern Great Basin. We have a unique opportunity to pull together a natural resource need and components of the rural economy to help increase economic opportunities and sustain rangeland livestock forage in Harney County and the Northern Great Basin. Agreement associated products in support of this objective include 1) a series of producer guides focused on seed production, harvest, cleaning, storing, and marketing, and 2) research products focussed on native seed propagation, soil management strategies, and weed and water management in native seed production systems.

Présentation : USDA (ARS)

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