Introduction/Rangeland Cup Topic:
2020 Rangeland Cup Topic – SRM
World population projections indicate that there will be 9.8 billion people on earth by 2050 (UN, 2017). Rangeland ecosystems represent the largest and most diverse land resource, providing multiple ecosystem goods and services to both local communities and the larger public. Traditionally, rangeland science and management have focused on agricultural production (e.g., forage and livestock), which are critical provisioning services that contribute to the nation’s food supply; however, society now places growing importance on the delivery of additional ecosystem services, such as water quality regulation, wildlife habitat and cultural/recreational services, and alternative energy development. Balancing multiple conservation and agricultural production goals on rangeland agroecosystems in an economically realistic manner will be a key challenge in an already variable and changing environment.
- Identify the next transformational issue in rangeland management that will be a key component to obtaining/achieving agricultural production goals to meet the 2050 population projections. Consider multiple types of impacts (ecological, economic, social, etc.) and multiple ecosystems.
- Discuss a(n) management practice(s) to implement to address the issue identified above.
- Provide a specific recommendation to solve the issue you have outlined under prompt one, and describe how it relates to agriculture production to meet the needs of the 2050 global population.
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Student posters displaying their problem solving approach will be judged on content, organization, and presentation. Points will be assigned based on the criteria listed below. Judges scores and comments will remain anonymous and will be provided as typed summaries for each team.
Content refers to the employment of a creative, logic-based approach to the problem. The approach should be bolstered by scientific evidence, in a similar manner to a grant proposal. The poster should display a clear rationale behind the approach, but should attempt to expand on existing knowledge pertaining to the topic. 60 maximum points.
Abstract: should provide a concise summary of the proposed solutions. 5 maximum points.
Introduction: should introduce the importance of the topic and provide pertinent background information about the theory behind the team’s approach. 10 maximum points.
Narrative: should clearly describe the team’s approach for addressing the topic. This is where the team will “sell” their ideas. Should demonstrate the team’s knowledge of the subject matter and their logical approach to the task. Each part of the topic should be addressed. Suggested research methods, long-term management plans, expected results, potential pitfalls, budgetary concerns, conclusions, etc. are all acceptable information for the narrative. 45 maximum points.
Organization describes the design and flow of the poster. The poster should be easy to read and understand without interpretation by the author. Tables, figures, and photographs should be well designed, clear, and with informative legends. All visual aids should be referenced in the poster. 20 maximum points.
Presentation deals with the students’ ability to discuss their approach and field questions concerning the background and potential outcomes of that approach. Additionally, the students’ professionalism, in manner and personal presentation, will be evaluated during the competition. 40 maximum points.
Professional manner: Do the students exhibit confidence and enthusiasm? Do the students effectively communicate their ideas verbally? 15 maximum points.
The students’ ability to address questions and provide comments on their approach should clearly demonstrate their individual involvement in the creative process of problem solving. Do the students’ display insight into how their ideas fit into the larger context of range management? 25 maximum points.