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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
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.



Members' Page

Working Group Conference Call Schedule:

August 16, 2017; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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**

Aug 7 - Southwest Iowa Pasture Clinic; Wiota, IA

Aug 8 - Pasture Walk: Pasture soil health, contract grazing, & grazing planning on a first year farm; Ferryville, WI

Aug 8-9 - "Dirt Rich" Soil Health Event; Faribault, MN

Aug 9 - Growing & Grazing Cover Crops Field Day; Lincoln, NE

Aug 10 - Pope County Grazing Field Day; Starbuck, MN

Aug 10 - Growing a Grazing Dairy Farm with the Zone Program; Athens, WI

Aug 10-11 - "Dirt Rich" Soil Health Event; Blue Earth, MN

Aug 12 - Grazing system establishment and dealing with excess flooding; River Falls, WI

Aug 12 - Pastured Guinea Fowl Production; Mineral Point, WI

Aug 14 - Grass-based Dairy Farming & Value-Added Cheese Production; Jewell, IA

Aug 15 - Sorghum-Sudangrass as Forage; Blanchardville, WI

Aug 15 - Organic Dairy Day at U of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center; Morris, MN

Aug 16 - Rotational Grazing Beef Cattle to Improve Wildlife Habitat and Reduce Brush and Weeds; Oregon, WI

Aug 17 - Movable & Fixed Fencing for Livestock; La Crescent, MN

Aug 17 - Grazing Goats from Pasture to Market; Walker, IA

Aug 17-18 - Grazing for the Future Conference; Madison, IN

Aug 19 - Lane improvements and organic dairy; Wilson, WI

Aug 21 - Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground; Bedford, IA

Aug 22 - Pasture Walk: Conversion of cropland to pasture under the EQIP Pollinator program; Soldiers Grove, WI

Aug 22 - Greenhorn Grazing; Mt. Pleasant, IA

Aug 23 - Southwest Iowa Pasture Clinic; Emerson, IA

Aug 24 - Organic Grass-Based Dairy Pasture Walk; Gilman, WI

Aug 25 - Crow Wing River Forage Council Summer Tour; Staples, MN

Aug 29 - Beginning stages of converting row crops to grazing; Cornell, WI

Aug 29-31 - The Beef Cow Caravan; Iowa

Sept 8 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and pasture layout improvements; Mason, WI

Sept 8-9 - Minnesota Grazing School; Grand Rapids, MN

Sept 9 - Pasture Walk: Dairy Goat Production; Genoa, WI

Sept 16 - Building Soil While Extending the Cattle Grazing Season Deep into Fall & Winter; Goodhue, MN

Sept 16 - Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef; Bellevue, IA

Sept 19 - Pasture Walk: Shade options & methods, harvested sorghum, wood shaving bedding; Platteville, WI

Sept 23 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and farm transition tips; Colfax, WI

Sept 26 - Greenhorn Grazing; Winterset, IA

Sept 30 - Grazing Stockpiled Forages and Out-Wintering Preparation; Tomahawk, WI

Oct 5 - Grazing Cover Crops; Marshfield, WI

Oct 10 - Pasture Walk: Stretching the pasture in late fall & early winter; Gays Mills, WI

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

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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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 31, 2017:


Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts Workshops

Allen Williams in field with shovel during Dirt Rich workshops


Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Opportunity with US-AID: Organic Forage Crops Farming Practices

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Posted June 22, 2017:

Grazing Educator Slide Library

slide image of soil loss under pasture vs. cropland

Posted May 31, 2017:


centipede image from NRCS Soil Biology Primer photo gallery

NRCS Soil Biology Primer Photo Gallery


SARE Cover Crop Image Library

SARE Cover Crop Image Library


SARE Soil Health Image Gallery

SARE Soil Health Image Gallery

Resources Archive

Don’t forget that we have the Grazing Educator Webinar Series from last summer available as a resource!