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Awardee:SNOW COLLEGE
Doing Business As Name:Snow College
PD/PI:
  • Jay Olsen
  • (435) 283-7335
  • Jay.Olsen@snow.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Matthew Goble
  • Kendra Bagley
Award Date:05/03/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 304,580
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 304,580
  • FY 2021=$304,580
Start Date:05/15/2021
End Date:04/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.076
Primary Program Source:040106 NSF Education & Human Resource
Award Title or Description:Educating Technicians to Use Precision Technology for Innovative Livestock Management
Federal Award ID Number:2100339
DUNS ID:072975949
Parent DUNS ID:072975949
Program:Advanced Tech Education Prog
Program Officer:
  • Keith Sverdrup
  • (703) 292-4671
  • ksverdru@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:150 East College Avenue
City:Ephraim
State:UT
ZIP:84627-1550
County:Ephraim
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Snow College
Street:150 College Avenue
City:Ephraim
State:UT
ZIP:84627-1550
County:Ephraim
Country:US
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

The livestock industry is an important part of Utah's economy, especially in the rural six-county region served by Snow College. Livestock managers apply biological and chemical principles to livestock growth and production. In livestock operations, feed is the largest annual expense. Thus, to increase profitability, livestock farmers and ranchers must find ways to minimize feed costs. An emerging technological approach to feed costs and sustainability is Innovative Livestock Management. This approach includes the use of complex technologies, such as precision irrigation and geospatial monitoring of grazing and feed production to maximize fodder production. In addition, Innovative Livestock Management includes composting technologies to manage livestock waste, while maintaining and improving water quality, increasing environmental sustainability, and producing marketable compost that can further increase profitability. This project will support development of the first Innovative Livestock Management program in Utah. Through this program, students will learn about innovative livestock management approaches and gain the related technical skills to improve economic success, profitability, and sustainability of livestock production. Graduates will be able to apply these skills to manage large industrial ranching operations or small family-owned farms. As a result, this project can strengthen Utah’s agricultural economy, while improving water conservation and water quality. In addition, the new Innovative Livestock Management program, which focuses on scientific, technical, and management skills, may be replicable at colleges throughout the nation. The new Innovative Livestock Management program will offer stackable certificates and an A.A.S. degree. It will also develop articulation agreements that enable students to transfer to four-year institutions and earn advanced degrees. The program will offer a curriculum that includes two new classes, "Forage and Grazing Management" and "Composting and Regenerative Livestock Waste Management," along with modifications of existing courses in irrigation management, animal feeds and animal science, and drones and aerial imagery. Graduates will be able to assume management responsibilities by applying their knowledge and skills in data-driven precision technologies in 1) the planting of forage varieties, 2) the use of fertilizer and irrigation to improve feed production, 3) livestock waste management and composting, 4) the use of drones, GPS, and GIS for monitoring both grazing and feed production, and 5) evaluation of animal performance. An advisory committee of representatives from local livestock industries, including family farms, will guide program development to ensure that it appropriately addresses specific management needs. An additional component of the project will be the development of a pathway that connects high school students in agricultural courses to this program. This project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education program that focuses on the education of technicians for the advanced-technology fields that drive the nation's economy. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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