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Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group

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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.



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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**

Oct 18 - Management Intensive Grazing & Grasslands Webinar

Oct 23-24 - Livestock perimeter fencing workshop; Rosemount, MN

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

Oct 28 - Fall cover crops and how they fit in with a grazing operation; Colfax, WI

Oct 31-Nov 1 - Grazier Gathering; Cold Spring, MN

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

Nov 14 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA

Nov 28-29 - Green Lands Blue Waters 2017 Conference; Madison, WI

Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2018 - GrassWorks Conference; Wisconsin Dells, WI


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Event Calendars

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


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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 October 13, 2017:

Dirt Rich: Soil Microbes & Dung Beetles

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