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From the Newsletter (Vol. 1, Iss. 5): ILE Accomplishments in 2009

January 8, 2010

[Source: Sarah Lupis for ILE’s The Salt Lick, Vol. 1, Iss. 5]

The Institute for Livestock and the Environment, and our affiliated faculty were busy in 2009. Below are a few of the highlights from our eventful year. As always, the ILE would be nothing without the support of stakeholders from industry, government, and the non-profit sector. Thank you all for helping to make 2009 an exciting and successful year.

We look forward to continuing to work with all of you to solve problems at the interface of livestock production and science-based environmental management in the decade to come. From all of us at ILE, best wishes for a happy New Year!

Funded Proposals

  • Jay Ham, Shawn Archibeque, and Thomas Borch were awarded a grant from the USDA AFRI (air quality) for their proposal “Emissions and Transport of Reactive Nitrogen from Cattle Feedlots Along Colorado’s Front Range.”
  • Sybill Sharville, Catherine Keske, and Jessica Davis were awarded a grant from USDA-NRCS Colorado CIG for their proposal “Development of Decision Tools for Anaerobic Digestion Projects.”
  • Mazdak Arabi and Dana Hoag were awarded a grant from USDA AFRI (water quality) for their proposal “A multi-criteria Decision Tool for the Assessment and Planning of Watershed Conservation Practices,” a web platform for looking at the impacts of best management practices (BMPs, see sidebar)on water quality.
  • Jessica Davis and cooperators from CSU Extension, New Mexico State University, University of Wyoming, and Montana State University were awarded a grant from Western SARE PDP for their proposal “In-Service Training and Decision-Making Tools for Optimizing Livestock Mortality Management.”
  • Josh Goldstein, Liba Pejchar, and colleagues from Stanford University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa were awarded a grant from the USDA Pacific Islands Area CIG for their proposal “Planting tree islands on private ranchland.”

Outreach & Education Events

  • Held the 2nd Annual ILE Stakeholder Summit, with keynote speaker Lester Brown, poster session, graduate student poster contest, and stakeholder panel. The theme for the 2009 Summit was “working together to solve environmental problems.”
  • Started publishing The Salt Lick, a newsletter and blog.
  • Jessica Davis and Catherine Keske represented ILE in CSU President Tony Frank’s Southeast Area Tour.
  • Jessica Davis and Catherine Keske represented ILE at “Science on the Hill”, a poster session with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
  • Co-sponsored the 3rd Annual CSU Rocky Mountain Compost School, April 14-17th.
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