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Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group

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Contact Us!

Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group Co-Chairs:

Laura Paine
Program Director
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
laura @
lkpaine @

Jim Paulson
Dairy and Grazing Consultant
jcp @

Lead Staff:

Jane Grimsbo Jewett


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Green Lands Blue Waters is a consortium of scientists, policy experts, farmers, and community organizers embracing the Green Lands Blue Waters vision and implementing programs that directly advance the consortium’s strategies and goals.

The goals are to enhance farm profitability, reduce farm risk, and improve environmental performance of farms through increasing the amount of acreage in Continuous Living Cover.

The strategies for accomplishing this include Agroforestry, Perennial Biofuels, Perennials for Livestock, Perennial Grains, and Cover Crops.



Members' Page

In-Person Meeting

April 12, 2017

Archive of Updates

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Jan. 25, 2017

Dec. 21, 2016

Nov. 23, 2016

Oct. 24, 2016

Sept. 21, 2016

August 1, 2016

July 12, 2016

June 6, 2016

Dick Cates eye-to-eye with a steer
photo credit: Richard Cates

Upcoming Events

May 23 - Greenhorn Grazing; Mt. Pleasant, IA

May 25 - Spring Fling Pasture Walk; Morris, MN

May 25 - Grazing Farm Tour & Seafood; Spring Green, WI

May 30 - Grazing and Cover Crops Field Day; Sioux City, IA

May 30 - Grazing Management & Managing Tall Fescue; Bloomfield, IA

May 31 - Grazing Management & Managing Tall Fescue; Leon, IA

June 1 - Grazing Management & Managing Tall Fescue; Chariton, IA

June 1 - Grazing Management & Managing Tall Fescue; Corydon, IA

June 3 - Ride to Farm; New Glarus, WI

June 6 - Pasture Walk: Exploring facilities for supplementing cattle off pasture; Ferryville, WI

June 6 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA

June 6 - Greenhorn Grazing; Mt. Pleasant, IA

June 14 - Greenhorn Grazing; Mt. Pleasant, IA

June 16-17 - Managing Your Grazed Woodlands; Fort Ripley/Brainerd, MN

June 20 - Pasture Walk: Silvopasture among berry crops; Wauzeka, WI

June 20 - Greenhorn Grazing; Mt. Pleasant, IA

June 27 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA

July 11 - Pasture Walk: Lessons learned in starting a small beef cattle operation; Viroqua, WI

July 25 - Pasture Walk: Fine Tuning pasture productivity with varied paddock breaks; Gays Mills, WI

Aug 1 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA

Aug 8 - Pasture Walk: Pasture soil health, contract grazing, & grazing planning on a first year farm; Ferryville, WI

Aug 17-18 - Grazing for the Future Conference; Madison, IN

Aug 22 - Pasture Walk: Conversion of cropland to pasture under the EQIP Pollinator program; Soldiers Grove, WI

Aug 22 - Greenhorn Grazing; Mt. Pleasant, IA

Sept 9 - Pasture Walk: Dairy Goat Production; Genoa, WI

Sept 19 - Pasture Walk: Shade options & methods, harvested sorghum, wood shaving bedding; Platteville, WI

Sept 26 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA

Oct 10 - Pasture Walk: Stretching the pasture in late fall & early winter; Gays Mills, WI

Oct 24 - Pasture Walk: Reviewing 6 years of grazing management; Canton, MN

Nov 14 - Pasture Walk: Intro to Pasture Pork & Pastured Pork Cooperative; Viola, WI

Nov 14 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA


Event Calendars

Crawford County WI pasture walk schedule
Great River Graziers Pasture Walk Schedule


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GrassWorks Calendar


Land Stewardship Project events list

Land Stewardship Project Events List


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Practical Farmers of Iowa Calendar


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Sustainable Farming Association of MN Calendar


The Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group’s mission is to facilitate an increase in land used for pasture and perennial forage production in the Upper Midwest, and to improve the environmental performance of farming systems, while maintaining agricultural production and profitability.


New Resources

Posted April 14, 2017:


Iowa State University pasture contract fact sheet


Minnesota Cropland Grazing Exchange

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Greenhorn Grazing Course Series from Iowa Beef Center

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Proceedings of 2017 Midwest Cover Crop Council Meeting

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Resources Archive

Don’t forget that we have the Grazing Educator Webinar Series from last summer available as a resource!