WSU Whatcom County Extension

Alternative Forage & Fodder Crops

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

Cow chewing on crop


Driven by consumer demand for inexpensive meat and dairy products, livestock production over the past century has become centralized such that farmers today rely on imported grains (e.g. corn, soy beans) to satisfy livestock nutritional needs as opposed to historical foraging activities. Socio-economic and agronomic factors contributed to the evolution of today’s farming systems, including: inexpensive land in the mid-west that is well suited to extensive feed grain production and the development of improved varieties that are well suited to the mid-west production environment.

However, reliance on imported grain for livestock feed has increased exposure to volatility in market grain prices. Much of the grain today flows into new markets such as energy production and export markets, thereby decreasing available supply and increasing costs for animal feed.



For more information:

  Chris Benedict
   Agriculture Educator
   (360) 676-6736 Ext. 21

Heading using the h3 tag

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

WSU Whatcom County Extension • 1000 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225 • (360) 778-5800 •