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Welcome to Livestock & Environmental Stewardship

What is Livestock & Environmental Stewardship?

Founded in 2013, The NDSU Livestock & Environmental Stewardship program focuses on research and education to broaden the knowledge of livestock producers, industry, and the general public on livestock management, livestock and environmental interactions, the sustainability, and producing animal products for a world with a rapidly growing population and finite resources.

Stewardship is defined as the responsible and careful management of something entrusted to one’s care. As livestock producers and land managers it is our responsibility to manage livestock, land, and natural resources in a sustainable manner that ensures the resources and lifestyle are preserved for future generations.


The mission of the NDSU Livestock & Environmental Stewardship team is to conduct research and develop educational materials in livestock and environmental stewardship to meet the evolving needs of North Dakota livestock producers.


, Associate Professor and Livestock Stewardship Specialist (701) 231-5082

Gerald Stokka photoHe primarily will be working with livestock producers on a variety of stewardship and animal welfare issues.

Areas of Interest

  • Animal Well-Being
  • Population Immunology
  • Passive Immunity
  • Animal Handling

Learn more about Dr. Stokka


, Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist (701) 231-7683

Miranda Meehan photo

She will develop Extension programs and conduct applied research related to environmental stewardship for the state’s livestock producers.Areas of Interest

  • Livestock-environmental interactions
  • Range and Grazing Management
  • Sustainability
  • Water Quality

Learn more about Dr. Meehan

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