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Forage and Grassland Program

Crop Science Department

Forage plants and grazinglands play a key role in North Carolina‚Äôs agriculture. In addition to providing a source of feed for  livestock (dairy, beef, goats, horses, sheep),  forage plants provide ecosystem services to society (i.e. soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration, increasing soil fertility, control of agricultural pests, habitat for wildlife) and have potential as an alternative source for the production of bioenergy.

Our group uses an interdisciplinary approach, focused on research and extension programs, to support county/regional Extension Agents and aid producers transition towards sustainable forage production and forage-livestock systems.

Miguel S. Castillo - NCSU - 2413 Williams Hall - Raleigh, NC 27695 - - (919).515.1335