Tarleton part of major grant to study climate change, beef production

Ali Saleh

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State professors are among a research team of scientists sharing in an almost $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to study the effect of increased climate variability on beef cattle in the Southern Great Plains and limiting agriculture’s impact on the environment.

As part of the grant, Tarleton and its Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, led by Dr. Ali Saleh, TIAER’s associate director, will receive $1 million over five years to conduct comprehensive life-cycle analyses of mixed cow-calf and stocker cattle producers’ farms.

“These kinds of analyses will help producers make decisions on marketing, land use and so on,” Saleh said, “so they can better deal with droughts. It’s about helping ranchers and consumers.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the $9.6 million grant over a five-year period would find tools to measure and respond to the effects of climate change on beef production.

“Farmers and ranchers need sound, science-based information and solutions to help them make management decisions that will sustain their productivity and keep their operations economically viable,” Vilsack said.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work on this project with great scientists and universities across the nation,” said TIAER director Dan Hunter. “This is a tribute to great work being done here at Tarleton, and is a testament to the TIAER staff and their dedication to making a difference in the world through science.”

Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, Tarleton's president, said, “Tarleton and TIAER’s partnership in this significant research project is just the latest evidence of our growing reputation in the academic community for quality faculty, excellence in research and applied knowledge for the benefit of society. Congratulations to Dan Hunter, Dr. Saleh and all involved for their contributions to our community, state and nation."

The research team, in addition to Tarleton professors, consists of scientists from Oklahoma State, Kansas State University, University of Oklahoma, the Samuel R. Noble Foundation and two USDA Agriculture Research Services laboratories.


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