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Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group

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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.

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

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

Upcoming Events

**More Event Listings**

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

Nov 9 - Beef & Poultry Production Pasture Walk; Milladore, WI

Nov 26-27 - Iowa Forage & Grasslands Council Conference; Des Moines, IA

Nov. 30-Dec. 1 - Missouri Livestock Symposium; Kirksville, MO

Dec 7-8 - Perennial Farm Gathering; Madison, WI

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

Dec 11 - Ranching for Profit with Dave Pratt; Redwood Falls, MN

Dec 12 - Ranching for Profit with Dave Pratt; Staples, MN

Dec 13 - Ranching for Profit with Dave Pratt; Thief River Falls, MN

Dec 14 - Ranching for Profit with Dave Pratt; Floodwood, MN

Jan 29 - Feb 2 - GrassWorks Conference 2019


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Event Calendars

Crawford County WI pasture walk schedule
Kickapoo/Great River Pasture Walk Schedule


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GrassWorks Calendar


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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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New Resources

Posted October 8, 2018

Register for:


Iowa Forage & Grassland Council Winter Conference


Ranching for Profit workshops with Dave Pratt

New fact sheets:


Contract grazing of cover crops factsheet


ISU grazing cereal rye fact sheet Iowa State Univ


Managing Cattle Health when Grazing Cover Crops Iowa State Univ fact sheet

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