Dr. Allen Williams, Joyce Farms’ Chief Ranching Officer, is part of a team of scientists involved with an exciting new study of Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing. The study will collect data to analyze how this grazing technique increases farm resiliency, contributes to carbon sequestration, improves soil biodiversity, and impacts animal wellbeing and productivity. Joyce Farms cattle are raised using AMP as part of our commitment to Regenerative Agriculture.
The study is funded by a $1.25 million grant from The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established in the 2014 Farm Bill with bipartisan congressional support. The grant was awarded to the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University, and has been matched with funding from McDonald’s USA for a total $2.5 million investment.
Principal Investigator Peter Byck, of Arizona State University, had this to say about how the research will be conducted and the role of participants like Dr. Williams: “We will study what these innovative farmers and ranchers have been researching for 10 to 20 to 30 years on their own land. We feel these producers are the original scientists with AMP grazing – and they put their livelihoods on the line for their research. We will simply measure their results.”