The Alliance for Grassland Renewal
The Mission of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal is to reduce or eliminate the negative effects of toxic tall fescue on the livestock forage industry through education and outreach, industry led quality control standards, and incentives, while pursuing new technologies and techniques.
EDUCATIONAL workshops for farmers to understand both the science and practical management of novel tall fescue varieties.
Rigorous QUALITY TESTING and certifying of commercial products, ensuring availability of live, viable endophyte in the highest quality seed.
INCENTIVE PROGRAMS to assist farmers in the costly but beneficial transition from toxic to novel tall fescue.
By The Numbers
About the Alliance
Formed in 2012, the Alliance for Grassland Renewal includes partners from university, government, industry and nonprofit groups. States with representation on the board include:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Why Should I Convert My Pastures?In the past, I have asked myself this same question…” Why should I or suggest to others to convert to Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue”? As a disclaimer, I am not an Ag Scientist nor extension agent; this is written fromContinue reading “Why Should I Convert My Pastures?”
- Amazing Endophyte, part 3: Use Tall Fescue Cultivars with Novel EndophytesEpichloë coenophiala, the fungal endophyte found in tall fescue, can cause toxicosis by producing ergot alkaloids, but not all isolates are identical. For example, dogs are the same species, Canis familiaris, but different breeds represent genetic diversity of the species.Continue reading “Amazing Endophyte, part 3: Use Tall Fescue Cultivars with Novel Endophytes”
- Research Highlight: Variability of Ergovaline and Total Ergot Alkaloid Expression among Endophytic Tall Fescue CultivarsTall fescue is one of the most widely grown grasses in the United States. Most plants are infected with an endophyte that produces high concentrations of ergot alkaloids, which cause fescue toxicosis in livestock. Of all ergot alkaloids, ergovaline hasContinue reading “Research Highlight: Variability of Ergovaline and Total Ergot Alkaloid Expression among Endophytic Tall Fescue Cultivars”