Advanced Grazing Systems: Understanding farmer motivations, learning and adoption for scaling up carbon-smart livestock production

High-skill clean-tech, such as adaptive grazing (AG), has the potential to both increase soil carbon sequestration and assist producers in developing more sustainable operations. This research aims to address these gaps through a multi-year analysis of a peer-mentor AG training program. Working in combination with the NGO Seed Change we propose to conduct a mixed-methods study with the overall goal to determine the factors influencing the adoption and long-term implementation of AG. This project will provide a benefit to our partner organization SeedChange/Farmers for Climate Solutions, by leveraging social science to understand the impacts of peer-mentor training on farmer adoption of adaptive grazing, informing this and related clean tech programming they offer, and how to sustain and scale up such practices for sustainability in the livestock sector.

Brooke McWherter
Faculty Supervisor: 
Kate Sherren
Nova Scotia
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