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Integrating Livestock with Crops Project: Historical Perspective

Historical Context of the Research
Montana State University’s three-year research project, Impacts of Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems on Soil Health and Crop Production, has uncovered some interesting findings. Funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), and led by Research Associate Devon Ragen and her master’s student, Trestin Benson, this research explored the benefits and challenges of incorporating sheep into a five-year dryland cropping rotation and a diverse vegetable production system. In this video, Dr. Patrick Hatfield, head of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at MSU, explains the historical context of Devon and Trestin’s research.