virtual focus group sessions

In advance of the workshop, there will be three virtual focus group sessions. These focus groups will be open to the public. The goal of each focus group sessions is to convene key subject matter experts and stakeholders from across the beef value chain to identify research and knowledge gaps ahead of the in-person workshop.     

More information and registration links for each of the three focus group sessions are available below.      

For questions about the workshop and focus groups, please contact Samantha Werth, PhD, at [email protected].

Land Resources Focus Group Session 

Join subject matter experts Dr. Jeff Goodwin, Dr. Jason Rowntree and Dr. Paige Stanely as they investigate the current state of the science around USRSB's Land Resources goal and cow-calf sector targets. Moderated by Dr. Samantha Werth, attendees can expect to participate in an engaging dialogue where, alongside the subject matter experts, the group will work to identify knowledge gaps, challenges and opportunities around land and U.S. cattle production. 

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Water Resources Focus Group Session

Join subject matter experts Dr. Kevin Wagner and Dr. Susan Metzger as they investigate the current state of the science around USRSB's Water Resources goal and cow-calf and feedyard sector targets. Moderated by Dr. Samantha Werth, attendees can expect to participate in an engaging dialogue where, alongside the subject matter experts, the group will work to identify knowledge gaps, challenges and opportunities around water and U.S. cattle production.

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Air & GHG Emissions Focus Group Session

Join subject matter experts Dr. Sara Place, Dr. Logan Thompson and Dr. Troy Rowan as they investigate the current state of the science around USRSB's Air & GHG Emissions goal and cow-calf and feedyard sector targets. Moderated by Dr. Samantha Werth, attendees can expect to participate in an engaging dialogue where, alongside the subject matter experts, the group will work to identify key knowledge gaps, challenges and opportunities around Air & GHG emissions in U.S. cattle production. 

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USRSB's Land, Water and Air & GHG Emissions Goals

See below for a quick look at USRSB's land resources, water resources and air & greenhouse gas emissions goals and cow-calf and feedyard sector targets. These goals and targets serve as the guide for the focus group session topics leading into the in-person workshop aimed at developing a Sustainable Beef Research Roadmap.

Land Resources 

Overarching Goal

The U.S. beef supply chain will work to maintain and improve grazing lands under the care of U.S. beef producers. We will do this by:

  • Establishing a baseline for acres under grazing management plans (GMPs) by 2023; 
  • Achieving 385 million acres covered by a written GMP by 2050;
  •  and Supporting programs that respect property rights, create value and expand producer capacity to deploy well-managed grazing strategies to ensure lasting legacies founded on conservation and economic success.

Cow-Calf Target

385 million acres covered by a written grazing management plan by 2050.

Feedyard Target

All feedyards are implementing nutrient management plans and practices by 2030.

Learn more about USRSB's Land Resources Goals

Water Resources 

Overarching Goal

By 2050, the U.S. beef supply chain will improve water management strategies and improve water quality. We will do this by:

  • Benchmarking water use and quality by 2025; 
  • Improving retention and capture of nutrients for beneficial use; and  
  • Supporting feedstuffs growers to achieve their water sustainability goals. 

Cow-Calf Target

385 million acres covered by a written grazing management plan by 2050.

Feedyard Target

All feedyards are assessing water availability and implementing water conservation management practices by 2030.

Learn more about USRSB's Water Resources Goals

Air & GHG Emissions 

Overarching Goal

The U.S. beef supply chain will achieve climate neutrality by 2040.

Cow-Calf Target

385 million acres covered by a written grazing management plan by 2050.

Feedyard Target

The feedyard sector will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% per pound of beef by 2030.

Learn more about USRSB's Air & GHG Emissions Goals