Thanks to the support from ESPP I was able to attend the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Spokane, Washington from July 16-19, 2017. I did an oral presentation based on my research titled: “Climate Change Impacts Analysis of Grazing Dairy Production”. This study identifies the most resilient pasture composition for a representative grazing dairy farm in Michigan to reduce the impacts of climate change on production while improving farm economics. The attendees were very interested in my work and I was able to do a lot of networking for my future academic career. Furthermore, the meeting had very relevant topics for my research and I was able to learn a lot from different researchers and experiences. In addition, I won the award for Outstanding Natural Resources and Environmental Systems (NRES) Oral Presentation, in which I competed with more than 90 graduate students from all around the world. Thank you very much ESPP for you student travel grant support!
Dr. M. Melissa Rojas-Downing has recently received her doctorate from the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. She was also an ESPP student.