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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:

September 2019
Date/Time pending

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

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

Sept 16-17 - Silvopasture Camp; Palisade, MN

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

Sept 17 - Iowa Forage & Grassland Council Field Day; Winterset, IA

Sept 18 - Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts; Becker, MN

Sept 19 - LSP South Grazing Group Pasture Walk; Winona, MN

Sept 19 - Central Iowa Grazing Group; Maxwell, IA

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 5 - LSP South Grazing Group Pasture Walk; Caledonia, MN

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

Oct 12 - Midwestern Silvopasture; Clark, MO

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

Oct 26 - LSP North Grazing Group Pasture Walk; Wabasha, MN

Oct 26 - Farming for Soil Health, Clean Water & Climate Resilience; Amery, WI

Nov 19-20 - Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

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