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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Economics of grassland management
Year: 1986
Author(s): Jacobs, V. E.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Four State Grassland Management Workshop: Warm Season Grasses: Facts and Fantasty
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 21-32
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Abstract: Optimal grassland management on privately-held land operated for economic return can be defined as "the manipulation and combining of agronomic and animal variables to maximize an economic objective." Note: the "means" are biological, but the "ends"--and thus the decision criteria--are economic. Further, a primary reason we still have over 100,000 farm operators in Missouri is the failure of stereotypical "ready-made" solutions are the necessity for constant and repetitive "tailoring" and "re-tailing" of systems to individual soils, sites, climates, animal classes and types, prices, etc. In short, any search for "THE" optimal system, in my view, is but an ill-fated effort that only confirms the naivete of the investigator.
Editor(s): B. Anderson