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Equine team gets grant

November 12, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A team of equine experts led by Dr. Amy Burk of the University of Maryland's Equine Studies program has been awarded a Maryland State Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services in the amount of $75,000.

The grant will help fund a three-year project on training horse owners to adopt environmentally sound horse pasture management practices that foster horse and pasture productivity while also protecting the environment.

A key component to this project will be the development of a five-acre rotational grazing pasture system showcasing rotational grazing and pasture management methods, novel pasture grass species and safe fencing options.

Located at the University of Maryland's Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Clarksville, Md., this grazing system will be an invaluable resource for educating thousands of horse farm owners and operators.

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The first educational event for horse owners will focus on methods and equipment used to seed horse pastures using no-till drills. That event is scheduled for March 15 in Clarksville.

For more information on the equine rotational grazing and pasture management project, contact Burk at 301-405-8337 or amyburk@umd.edu.

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