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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

Next call:

July 31, 2019
12 pm - 2 pm

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

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

Upcoming Events

July 11 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship field day; Colfax, WI

July 11 - Pasture-Raised Beef & Direct Marketing; Omro, WI

July 13 - Grazing & Soil Health Field Day; Altura, MN

July 16 - Managing Pasture with Shade Structures; Gratiot, WI

July 18 - GrassWorks Annual Picnic & Pasture Walk; New London, WI

July 19 - Commercial Hair Sheep Production on Pasture

July 19 - CRP Land Into Productive Pasture; Sebeka, MN

July 23 - Grazing Hogs; Blanchardville, WI

July 23 - LSP South Grazing Group Pasture Walk; Spring Valley, MN

July 26 - Cattle Digestive Anatomy; Plain, WI

July 27 - Grazing Management in Northern Climate; Duluth, MN

July 29 - Soil Health Field Day; Stephen, MN

July 30 - Advanced Grazing Training & Tours; Fitchburg, WI

July 31-Aug 1 - Gerrish Grazing School; Wausau, WI

Aug 2 - Grazing with Jim Gerrish; New Richmond, WI

Aug 3 - One Family's Vision for Agroforestry in IA; Maxwell, IA

Aug 6 - Grazing on high-value land & managing mud season; Rewey, WI

Aug 6 - Soil Health Smorgasbord; Grazing Cover Crops; Buckingham, IA

Aug 7 - River Country RC&D Picnic & beef cow-calf pasture walk; Cornell, WI

Aug 7 - LSP North Grazing Group Pasture Walk; Kellogg, MN

Aug 9 - Outwintering Options; Wonewoc, WI

Aug 13 - Converting to Silvopasture, Building a Forage Chain; Ferryville, WI

Aug 16 - Cultivating Farm Resilience for a Changing Climate; Harlan, IA

Aug 16 - Minnesota Soil Health Coalition Kickoff; Redwood Falls, MN

Aug 21 - Pasture Management Field Day; Howard Lake, MN

Aug 22 - Pasture Renovation Ideas & Cattle Lanes; Argyle, WI

Aug 22 - Grazing Cover Crops & Building Community 101; Frederick, IL

Aug 27 - Dairy Transitioning to Grazing; Chetek, WI

Aug 27 - Brush Management Techniques in Pastures; Gays Mills, WI

Aug 29 - Pasture Management Field Day; Pine City, MN

Sept 3 - Putting Run-Down Pasture on the Path to Productivity; Dodgeville, WI

Sept 7 - Rotational Grazing with Goats; Genoa, WI

Sept 10 - Silvopasture Management; Soldiers Grove, WI

Sept 14 - Farm Transition to Grazing & Grass-Fed Beef; Bruce, WI

Sept 17 - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pasture Walk; St. Charles, MN

Sept 21 - Rotationally Raising Poultry on Pasture; Iowa City, IA

Sept 24 - Principles of Managed Grazing on Organic Dairy Farms; Random Lake, WI

Sept 28 - Using Goats for Restoration and Market Diversification; Chelsea, IA

Oct 8 - Pasture Establishment, Nutrient Management, & Soil Health on Organic Dairy Farms; Rudolph, WI

Oct 22 - Fall Pasture Evaluation & Planning for Spring; Canton, MN

Nov 19-20 - Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

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