Writing Grazing Management Plans for 13 years for Washington County and Area 3. Competent in the utilization of Conservation Desktop for planning and program implementation. Well versed in working with landowners to achieve landowner objectives while continuing to meet NRCS objectives of putting conservation on the ground. Training fellow employees in the development of Grazing management plans and utilization of the Conservation Desktop program.
- Completed over 250 Grazing Management Plans throughout Area 3 by meeting with the producer, walking the farm and designing the plan based on producer needs and wants, farm layout and forage production based on Web Soil Survey information.
- Have trained numerous employees to plan and develop Grazing Management Plans in Ohio.
- Have assisted DCs, Resource Conservationists, Soil Conservationists and SWCD employees with Grazing Management Plan development remotely and in person. Both on the farm and having never been on the farm by working with information gathered by field personnel.
- Redesigned the 'Graze 5' spreadsheet to accommodate scenarios encountered within Ohio not encountered in Missouri.
- Have developed and enhanced the "4 Never Fail Rules of Grazing". 4 simple rules that if a producer follows, they will not encounter forage utilization issues on their operation.
- Proficient in using Conservation Desktop. Have trained many fellow employees throughout Ohio in use and application of CD. Serve as a contact for troubleshooting problems encountered when using CD.
- Have completed EQIP mapping and other application needs in Conservation Desktop for multiple DCs within Area 3 for several years running. I have done the majority of the CD mapping for the DCs during this time.
- Assist DCs throughout Ohio in completing program goals by completing CRP plans and assisting other soil conservationists with technical difficulties encountered in CD while working in CD.
- Have completed NRI survey data entry for the entire state of Ohio that used to be divided up by county. Have also assisted with field data collection on NRI plots in the past and have plans to fill in for Deb this summer in doing so again.
- Worked with Abigail McCain and completed CD work (Toolkit at the time) for all Conservation Easements throughout Ohio.
I administered producer allotments and developed bills for producers based on livestock numbers and time on allotments. I performed compliance checks on livestock while grazing allotments checking to see if livestock were grazing in the proper areas at the proper times. I assisted with the capture and radio tagging of sage grouse for a nest survival study. I participated in a raptor census documenting raptor species and counts.
Performed conservation rehabilitation practices as part of a Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation team. Worked as part of a conservation team managing rangeland and forest for proper use. Worked closely with the NRCS implementing EQIP contracts which included stream crossings, fences, cattle guards, watering troughs and other range improvements including range seedings and stream bank stabilization practices.
I would like to bring consistency to writing Grazing Management Plans for Ohio across the state. There are templates and lists that personnel have to use and they are used, but often incorrectly or in such a manner that the resulting plan is little more than a bunch of ideas with no clear goals and specifics. Plans need to be specific, focused, and have clear measurable goals. I want to use the tools that are currently in place to develop strong, implementable Grazing Management Plans. For example, we have a check list that lists goals and accomplishments that a producer can work towards. Everything on the list is a good idea, or it wouldn't be there. The producer, with the employee/plan writer, needs to choose 3-4, at the most 5, of these goals to focus on within the plan to be accomplished within the next 5 years. The producer cannot effectively focus on or accomplish 20 different goals chosen from a list of 25 within the next 5 years (or however many are chosen out of the list of x number). I want employees to understand what a goal and an objective is, and write appropriate goal and objective statements. A goal is a general statement of what the desired accomplishment is. An objective is a specific and measurable component of the goal.
I want to see the Web Soil Survey forage data that is available to calculate the quantity of forage that is available on a grazing operation. This is a tool that the NRCS has available that is NOT being used. Use of this database allows DCs and other NRCS personnel to accurately predict the forage production and hence the number of animal units that can be grazed on an operation without overgrazing. Too many plans that I have looked at use an assumed forage production for a piece of ground. Forage production for Ohio soils varies greatly, from 1.5 tons of forage per acre per year to over 5 tons of forage per acre per year. We can be more accurate than picking a average between these using the Web Soil Survey. We have the ability and we owe it to the producers to be as accurate as we can be. That is why we have our jobs, to serve them.
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