Scientists help farmers create greener dairies
Studies will help farmers better adapt to climate change, reduce environmental impact
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. — Researchers in the northern U.S. from New York to Wisconsin are starting a series of studies that will help dairy farmers better adapt to climate change and reduce the impact their farms have on the environment.
The work is being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is one of four projects looking at farming and climate change. The other projects involve the beef industry in the southern Great Plains and Southwest, wheat production in the Pacific Northwest and wood production in the Southeast.
The $10 million dairy project is being led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Scientists based at the university are looking at such things as whether changing cows’ diets reduces the amount of gas they emit. Cows essentially burp methane, a greenhouse gas, as they digest.