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Grant funds study of agricultural resiliency


October 10, 2018

CLAYTON — Union County is part of a three-county study of agricultural resiliency in times of drought and climate variability.

New Mexico State University Associate Professor of Range Science Amy Ganguli is leading the integrated research and extension grant. She and her team are working with farmers and ranchers to develop short- and long-term strategies that are proactive with the goal of maintaining ecological, social and economic resilience in rural communities.

The project will link land-use and land-cover dynamics to agricultural and groundwater policies and supporting effective land and groundwater management by coproducing knowledge using citizen science.

Descriptive interviews and surveys of land managers and residents across Union County as well as Cimarron County, Oklahoma and Las Animas County, Colorado, together with land-use and land-cover analyses from the Southern Great Plains, will deepen understanding of how individuals make land and groundwater management decisions.


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