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Its my pleasure, on behalf of the Grassland Studies Task Force, to forward a proposal for a Center for Grassland Studies for your consideration. The Task Force is extremely pleased with the overwhelming support from a broad base of input. The Task Force has made a major effort through internal and external listening sessions to insure that there was support and in doing so develop a coalition of partners across the University of Nebraska System, state colleges, community colleges, industry, state and federal agencies, public groups, private non-profit organizations and other educational institutions in the region.
Nebraska has a rich heritage in its grasslands, which comprise over 60% of the state's land mass. These grasslands serve as the basis for a strong cattle industry, vital wildlife habitat, a natural resource for maintaining surface and ground water quality, a source for sports and leisure recreation, and an influence on urban quality of life.
There is a history of excellence in grassland research and education at the University of Nebraska. Faculty provide nationally recognized leadership in the development of forage, range, and turf grasses; grassland ecology; forage, pasture, range and turf management; grassland cattle production; production economics; cattle nutrition; and wildlife management. However, these faculty are dispersed among many of the discipline-based units in the University of Nebraska System. Scientists, educators and staff associated with these discipline areas focus their activities on efficient management practices, natural resource preservation, and development of environmentally and economically sound grassland systems for rural and urban areas.