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    Summary

    The incumbent serves as Research Leader in the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Dairy Forage Research Unit (DFRU). The mission of DFRU is to use an agroecological approach to the production and management of forages as part of an integrated soils-forage-animal system to improve farm-scale forage and dairy animal productivity, nutrient use efficiency, soil health, landscape management and environmental impact.

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    Responsibilities

    • Assess the productivity and environmental impact of conventional and novel forage crop and/or forage production, harvest and storage management of forages as parts of diverse whole-farm dairy systems.
    • Identify and quantify short- and long-term tradeoffs of current and alternative forage production and related farm management practices on agroecosystem services as part of an integrated dairy production.
    • Better understand and optimize soil ecology/health as it relates to the crop and forage production, feed quality, cow and application of dairy manure and other soil amendments.
    • Supervisory duties include:
    • Support creative and productive research at the DFRU.
    • Hire personnel and manage the human, fiscal and physical resources assigned to the DFRU.
    • Serve as fund holder for the DFRU.
    • Provide technical information and consultation both internal and external to Agricultural Research Service.
    • Ensure the proper interpretation and reporting of scientific research results and information.
    • Engage a diversity of stakeholders with the appropriate scientific expertise to recognize and address critical research needs in the dairy forage industry.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local, domestic, and international travel is required for field work and to attend training and scientific meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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