Adoption of native warm-season grasses (NWSGs) in the tall fescue belt is limited despite studies documenting the potential contribution of these forages to profitable beef production. On the basis of two surveys conducted in Tennessee, a survey of beef producers and a survey of agricultural professionals, we evaluated perceptions of NWSG forages and how those perceptions could influence their adoption. Although agricultural professionals were more familiar with NWSGs than producers, both populations had limited knowledge regarding these forages, indicating that additional Extension education is needed. Our results provide useful guidance for developing NWSG forage educational programs for producers and agricultural professionals.
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Keyser, P., Schexnayder, S., Wilcox, A., Bates, G., & Boyer, C. N. (2021). Identifying Barriers to Forage Innovation: Native Grasses and Producer Knowledge. The Journal of Extension, 57(6), Article 17. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.06.17