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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
jim @

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.



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Working Group Conference Calls:

Anyone can join the group's conference calls. Contact Jane Jewett at

Archive of Updates

June 26, 2018

June 1, 2018

Apr. 9, 2018

Feb. 12, 2018

Dec. 18, 2017

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

Upcoming Events

**More Event Listings**

July 12 - Crow Wing River Forage Council Summer Tour; Sebeka, MN

July 12 - Greenhorn Grazing Series, Workshop #3; Chariton, IA

July 12 - Beginning Grazier Workshop: Implementing Your Grazing Plan; Fall River, WI

July 14 - Organic Transitions at a Diversified Dairy Farm; Maynard, IA

July 14 - Crow River Farm Tour: New-Vue Ayrshires Dairy; Maple Lake, MN

July 15 - Grazing Planning Field Day; Brodhead, WI

July 15 - Rotational Grazing, Pastured Pork & Poultry Farm Tour; Isanti, MN

July 17 - Expanding Conservation with Cover Crops, Livestock, & Small Grains; Dayton, IA

July 17 - Holistic Farm Management of 100% Grass-Fed Beef; New London, WI

July 18 - Cover Crops & Soil Health at the Grundy County Fair; Grundy Center, IA

July 18 - Contract Cattle Grazing & Establishing Grazing Leases; Webinar

July 19 - GrassWorks Picnic; Marshfield, WI

July 21 - Dairy Grazing Field Day at Law-Rae Manor Dairy Farm; Manteno, IL

July 23 - Grazing Cover Crops: Planning & Infrastructure; Webinar

July 24 - Sudangrass and millet for summer forage; Eastman, WI

July 24 - Grazing & Soil Health Field Day; Lewiston, MN

July 25 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Brandon, MN

July 27 - Keeping Water in Our Soils; Spring Green, WI

July 30 - Achieving Financial Success with Grazing Cover Crops; Webinar

Aug 2 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Amherst Junction, WI

Aug 2 - Dairy Grazing Field Day at Bert Paris farm; Belleville, WI

Aug 2 - Rotational Grazing for Beef Production & Conversion to Silvopasture; New London, WI

Aug 3-4 - Silvopasture Workshop; Spring Grove, MN

Aug 7 - Integrating Livestock Options Workshop; Kerkhoven, MN

Aug 9 - Beginning Grazier Workshop: Grazing & Soil Health; Fall River, WI

Aug 13 - Pasture Walk for Local Governments; Dodgeville, WI

Aug 14 - Converting woods to silvopasture, forage chain, chickens for fly control; Ferryville, WI

Aug 14 - U of MN Organic Dairy Day; Morris, MN

Aug 16 - Dairy Grazing Field Day at Tomandl Farm; Medford, WI

Aug 21 - Grass-fed beef marketing; Muscoda, WI

Aug 24 - DIY Corral & Watering Systems for Cattle & Pigs; Winterset, IA

Aug 24 - Crow Wing River Forage Council Summer Tour; Staples, MN

Aug 28 - Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts; Thief River Falls, MN

Aug 28 - Forage Innovation Days; Lena, WI

Aug 28-30 - Cover Crop Experts at the Farm Progress Show; Boone, IA

Aug 29 - Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts; Lake Park, MN

Aug 30 - Greenhorn Grazing Series, Workshop #4; Chariton, IA

Sept 1 - Rotational grazing with goats; Genoa, WI

Sept 4 - Specialty Crops with Grazing; Wauzeka, WI

Sept 5 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Edgar, WI

Sept 5 - Grass Fed Beef: from Production to Marketing; Exira, IA

Sept 22 - From Rotational Grazing to Regenerative Grazing; Grant City, MO

Oct 12 - Pasture Walk for Local Governments; Dodgeville, WI

Oct 16 - Extending Grazing Season with Stockpile & Using EQIP; Gays Mills, WI

Oct 30 - Late Fall/Early Winter Paddock Planning for Dairy Grazing; Canton, MN

Nov 1-3 - Forage Chains and Forage Finishing with Anibal Pordomingo; West Branch, IA

Nov 8 - Greenhorn Grazing Series, Workshop #5; Chariton, IA

Dec 11 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Mosinee, WI


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Event Calendars

Crawford County WI pasture walk schedule
Kickapoo/Great River 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

PFI 2017 Field Day Guide

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River Country RC & D Events

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Sustainable Farming Association of MN Calendar


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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 July 11, 2018


Adaptive Grazing Webinar Series

Pasture Project events page featuring webinars

Posted June 26, 2018


Dairy Grazing Field Days

Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group dairy page


Revised & Updated
Pasture Management Guide

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Bridge to Soil Health Full Time Position Available with Land Stewardship Project

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