The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), a non-profit consortium of food and agricultural scientists, will brief the media on the release of its Issue Paper: "Environmental Impacts of Livestock on U.S. Grazing Lands" on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2pm at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN. Released at the combined Annual Meetings of three of CAST's member societies - American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America - the report takes a critical look at the environmental impacts of grazing systems and provides guidance on land management tools. The Issue Paper represents the combined efforts of an eight-person, volunteer expert task force assembled by CAST.
The full text of the Issue Paper: "Environmental Impacts of Livestock on U.S. Grazing Lands" (Issue Paper No. 22, 16 pp.) is available as an embargoed PDF news release at: www.asa-cssa-sssa.org/press/cast_issue.pdf (embargoed until 2 PM on November 12, 2002). Printed copies can be ordered by mail (CAST, 4420 W. Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50014-3447), or e-mail: email@example.com.
Issue Paper Background
Occupying more acreage than any other single land type in the Unites States, grazing lands constitute more than 860 million acres (350 million hectares) of private and public lands stretching from coast to coast and beyond. The key to sustainability of grazing lands is managing vegetative cover, not only to provide feed for grazing livestock, but also to hold soil in place, to filter water, and to recycle nutrients.
"We were surprised to see that none of us lives significantly far from grazing lands - even in the Northeast and Hawaii," said Task Force cochair, Dr. William C. Krueger, Oregon State University.