2016 Green Lands
Blue Waters Conference

Perennial Forage and Pastures

Grazing for Vegetation Management

Hosted by Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group

Grazing to manage vegetation for various goals is an area with lots of growth potential, because of the perceived public value of management without chemical and because of the realtively low capital entry cost for a grazing enterprise that doesn’t include land ownership. Grazing that produces both a livestock product for market as well as desirable vegetation and habitat helps farmers and communities to place perennial acres firmly in the asset column. Demand for grazing services has potential to grow the number, size and stability of herds or flocks in the region and to provide entry points for new grazers. This in turn could increase the value of perennial forage acres and reduce the likelihood of their conversation to row crops. 



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Patch-Burn Grazing to Improve Wildlife Habitat and Control Invasive Plants

Max Alleger,
Missouri Department of Conservation
Dusty Schaaf, Missouri Farmer-Collaborator
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Silvopasture- A Tool to Improve Woodland Grazing, Adapt to Climate Change, Diversify Farm Income and More

Diomy Zamora, UMN-Extension
Diane Mayerfeld, UW-Extension
Dusty Walter, University of Missouri
Tyler Carlson, Producer, Early Boots Farm
Jim Chamberlin – Happy Dancing Turtle

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Session Notes (PDF)


Presenter Bios

Max Alleger is the Grassland Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He has coordinated regional-level public and private land management and grassland research programs. Prior to coming to the Department in 1995, Max worked for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and as a partner in a family farm. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Education and Fisheries & Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master’s in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M. Currently, Max coordinates a number of programs aimed at meeting the needs of the people and species which share Missouri’s grasslands.

Dr. Diomy Zamora is an Extension Professor of Forestry at the University of Minnesota Extension, working primarily in the area of agroforestry and bioenergy.

Dr. Dusty Walter, University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. Dusty Walter worked for 11 years with the MU Center for Agroforestry training others to successfully integrate Agroforestry on their land. Currently, he serves as Director of Natural Resources Management for the MU Agricultural Experiment Stations and is Superintendent of the Wurdack Research Center.

Diane Mayerfeld, University of Wisconsin Extension. Diane is the sustainable agriculture coordinator for University of Wisconsin Extension.

Dusty Schaaf. Owner of a cow/calf, yearling operation located in south west Missouri and eastern Kansas, headquartered at El Dorado Springs, MO. He came back to his family’s ranch after graduating college in 1991. He runs 800 commercial cows and depending on the year, about 600 yearlings over 7,000 acres.

Tyler Carlson is a farmer/agroforester raising grass-fed beef in the Hardwood Hills of central Minnesota. In practice, his farm explores the nexus of restoration agriculture, animal-welfare and non-human rights, wildlife habitat, and water quality.

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