This project’s goal is to intensify agricultural production in an environmentally sustainable manner that enhances the agronomic, economic and community resiliency in the Southern Great Plains (SGP).
Long-term region-specific research, especially in semi-arid regions, is needed to better
understand regenerative practices and the effects on soil health and water use in cotton agroecosystems. Perhaps more importantly, is a need for further outreach, Extension, and education for producers and landowners in these regions, as well as a careful examination into how the information presented is interpreted by producers.
This research would be the first effort to evaluate a systems approach to regenerative agriculture across Texas and Oklahoma ecoregions encompassing the SGP.
- Identify adoption barriers of regenerative practices and pathways to overcome them.
- Increase understanding of field level processes, effects, and optimization of agricultural intensification using regenerative practices.
- Quantify the watershed/regional scale effects of regenerative practice adoption.
- Evaluate economics of regenerative practice adoption at farm and regional scales; and enhance adoption via dissemination of knowledge gained from these objectives.
Partners of the OWRC
- Oklahoma Ag Experiment Station
- Oklahoma Extension Service
- Texas A&M Agrilife Research
- Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service
- Texas Tech University
- Texas Water Resources Institute
- West Texas A&M University