Jean Lavigne, Environmental Studies
The beef industry has increasingly become unsustainable, relying heavily on trucking and corn-based feed. Bison seems like a positive alternative due to labor, gestation, and carcass weight. This project explored the land usage, carrying capacity, and potential land barriers for large-scale bison farming in the Upper Midwest. The results found that almost 70% of the study area could switch to bison and maintain or increase productivity. North and South Dakota showed the most potential while Nebraska showed the least. This could be due to the acreage-efficiency found in feedlots. The final conclusion is that land is not a barrier for this industry
Peyton, Skylar, "Mapping a Home Where the Buffalo Roam" (2017). Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day. 118.