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Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect benefits that ecosystems provide humans. Agroecosystems, rangelands, and forests provide suites of ecosystem services that support and sustain human livelihoods. Farms, forests, and ranches are most readily identified and valued for providing provisioning services that support food, forage, and raw materials production. However, when managed well, these systems can also be both providers and beneficiaries of a number of additional ecosystem services, including pest control, pollination, flood protection, improved soil health, and water filtration. Many of the additional services provided by farms, forests, and ranches, can be difficult to recognize and value. 

  • Specialty Animals

    The challenges facing specialty livestock are similar to what is experienced by larger livestock (swine, cattle): the…

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