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In addition to providing a source of feed for  livestock (dairy, beef, goats, horses, sheep),  grasslands and the production of forage plants provide other ecosystem services to society such as soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration, increasing soil fertility, control of agricultural pests, habitat for wildlife, and have potential to serve as an alternative source for the production of bioenergy. The overarching goal of the Forage and Grassland Program at NC State is to gain knowledge and embrace knowledge gaps to develop technologies that encourage efficient management of resources and resiliency of grassland agriculture.