The Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition (AGLC) was organized to assist Arkansas Lanzowners in maintaining and improving the management and productivity of privately owned grasslands. This is accomplished by educating landowners/managers on grazing practices that promote environmental, financial and social stability. AGLC achieves these goals by working in three areas: 1, the pooling of resources of like minded agencies and organizations; 2, the funding of farm demonstrations; and 3, the sponsoring of workshops/field days throughout Arkansas. AGLC’s primary source of funding is the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.
The AGLC Board is composed of producer representatives from three private organizations, three state agencies, one federal agency, and representatives of three livestock industries. AGLC also has technical advisors and cooperators who participate in the planning, prioritizing and completing of AGLC activities by providing financial and/or in-kind support. A complete list of the agencies and organizations can be found on the member organizations page. The participation of a wide range of forage, and agricultural organizations (most of them educational in nature) insures AGLC activities benefit the Arkansas grazing lands community.
Well managed grazing lands support desirable vegetative cover, which is highly resistant to erosive forces of water and wind; and is a renewable, natural, and sustainable form of agriculture. Proper management is essential for the sustainable production of food and fiber, as well as supporting a wide diversity of other uses. Healthy grazing lands provide an economic base for many regions of our state. They are watersheds which contribute to good water quality and sustained stream flows. Tributaries, and the rivers that they feed, are the source of water foragricultural, domestic and municipal uses; power production; and fish and wildlife.
Grazing lands are used for outdoor recreation, camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. . Grazing lands are used for outdoor recreation, camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. Encompassing a large portion of the state’s landscape, they provide essential habitat for many wildlife populations.
AGLC exists to provide opportunities for assuring sustainability of all grazing lands, to enhance these lands for future use, and to inform the public of the benefits of making commitment and investment.