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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
608-338-9039
laura @ dga-national.org
lkpaine @ gmail.com

Jim Paulson
Dairy and Grazing Consultant
jim @ dga-national.org

Lead Staff:

Jane Grimsbo Jewett
jewet006@umn.edu
218-845-2832
218-670-0066(cell)

 

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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

Working Group Conference Call Schedule:

[none currently scheduled]

Anyone can join the group's conference calls. Contact Jane Jewett at jewet006@umn.edu

Archive of Updates

Apr. 9, 2018

Feb. 12, 2018

Dec. 18, 2017

Nov. 1, 2017

Oct. 4, 2017

Aug. 28, 2017

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August 1, 2016

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

Upcoming Events

**More Event Listings**

May 24 - Adaptive Grazing 101 - Intro to Adaptive Grazing; Webinar

May 29 - Adaptive Grazing 101 - Principles & Practices; Webinar

May 31 - Adaptive Grazing 101 - Successfully Implementing; Webinar

May 31 - Greenhorn Grazing Series, Workshop #1; Chariton, IA

June 5 - Pasture Walk for Agency Staff - Annual & Perennial Forages; Dodgeville, WI

June 6 - Pasture Walk & Hereford Tour; Lockridge, IA

June 12 - Using EQIP for Grazing; Ferryville, WI

June 14 - Greenhorn Grazing Series, Workshop #2; Chariton, IA

June 20 - Soil Health & Livestock Workshop; Sleepy Eye, MN

June 20-22 - 2018 Grassfed Exchange; Rapid City, SD

June 23 - Family Farm Day at Norsk Farm; Lena, WI

June 28 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Sheldon, WI

June 28 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; Canton, MN

June 29 - Temporary Fencing Workshop; Faribault, MN

July 3 - Pasture Walk at UW Research Farm; Stratford, WI

July 9 - Pasture Walk for Local Governments; Dodgeville, WI

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

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

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

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

July 19 - GrassWorks Picnic; Marshfield, WI

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

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

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

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 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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Mission

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 May 21, 2018

How to Use a Grazing Stick




Posted May 1, 2018

MN Cropland Grazing Exchange
2018 Information
& Survey

Cropland Grazing Exchange




assistant professor job announcement for Center for Agroforestry




Posted April 9, 2018

 

Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems

Cow image from Michigan State University article on environmentally friendly cattle production




 

Livestock Offer Many Benefits to Cash Crop Operations

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