East National Technology Support Center
The East National Technology Support Center (ENTSC) for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is located in Greensboro, NC. In addition to the Director's Office, staff members comprise a Technology Transfer and Assistance Team of technical discipline specialists and three national technology teams responsible for acquiring and/or developing science-based technology for manure management, plants, and soil health and sustainability.
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Winter Grazing: A Better Way to Feed
With the continuing volatility of energy costs, livestock producers are looking for ways to save on inputs. Stockpiling forage to extend the grazing season and strip grazing to improve forage utilization offer economic and environmental benefits. In this video, three livestock producers describe how extending the grazing season has saved them time and money, while also improving the environment; and they demonstrate the methods they used to achieve these savings. (The opinions expressed by the farmers in this video do not necessarily reflect the opinion of USDA.)
The East National Technology Support Center offers training webinars the last Wednesday of the month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern. We also feature webinars on special topics and initiatives, such as organic and sustainable agriculture, grazing lands management, feed management, adaptive nutrient management, and wildlife.
The multidisciplinary Technology Transfer and Assistance Team provides direct technical assistance and technology transfer to the East service area states and Caribbean area. The team acquires and develops new technology, develops and maintains national technical standards and references, and builds collaboration and partnerships that lead to cutting-edge technology support and training.
The National Manure Management Team provides manure management research findings, project updates, and information to staff and partners and evaluates new technology for manure handling, nutrient management, land application, and alternative manure use. The Team integrates current research and development into tools and practices for delivering assistance to livestock producers.
The National Plant Data Team provides national and international leadership on plant information for the United States and its territories. The Team acquires, develops, and disseminates plant information to support NRCS and other efforts to improve the ecological health of the land. The Team maintains the PLANTS Database to support a variety of conservation activities.
The National Soil Health and Sustainability Team specializes in soil health training for NRCS employees, conservation partners, farm groups, and farmers; developing educational materials and field demonstrations highlighting conservation practices that improve soil health; and working with state soil health specialists to incorporate soil health concepts into conservation programs. Join our Soil Health mailing list.
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