WSU Whatcom County Extension

Alternative Forage & Fodder Crops

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

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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
   chrisbenedict@wsu.edu
   (360) 676-6736 Ext. 21

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