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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 Call Schedule:

[none currently scheduled]

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

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

Upcoming Events

**More Event Listings**

Mar 6 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Edgar, WI

Mar 10 - Adding Value to Your Small Ruminant Enterprise; Cokato, MN

Mar 10 - Grazing Mentorship Potluck; Dodgeville, WI

Mar 27-29 - Ray Archuleta Soil Health Workshops; SE MN

Apr 3 - Grazing Cover Crops Field Day; Jefferson, IA

Apr 5 - Grazing Cover Crops Field Day; Cumberland, IA


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Event Calendars

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


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PFI 2017 Field Day Guide

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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 February 12, 2018


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Pasture-Based Dairy & Livestock Online Course


Cornell grazing management course
Cornell University Grazing Management Course

Posted February 1, 2018


Economic Impact of Grazing Cover Crops in Cow-Calf Operations

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Using Cattle & Cover Crops to Create Cash & Healthy Soil

YouTube video of Using cattle and cover crops to create cash and healthy soil from Land Stewardship Project

Posted December 6, 2017


Perennial Forage Session at Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

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