cattle grazing on lush pasture photo from Laura Paine
photo credit: Laura Paine

Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group

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Jane Grimsbo Jewett

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Grazing Educator
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Grazing for Conservation and Soil Health

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Presenter Biographies

Laura Paine   |   Andy Marcum


Laura Paine

Laura Paine


Laura Paine has been involved in Wisconsin’s sustainable agriculture community in a variety of roles for more than 20 years. She coordinated on-farm research on managed grazing at the University of Wisconsin, College of Agriculture from 1992 to 1999 and served seven years as Extension Agriculture Agent for Columbia County, WI. From 2006 to 2014, she served as Grazing & Organic Agriculture Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Paine is currently Program Director for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, a formalized, nationally accredited training program for beginning dairy farmers. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, and is a Certified Educator for Holistic Management International. She and her husband raise and direct market grass-fed beef on their farm near Columbus, Wisconsin.

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Andy Marcum

Andy Marcum with cows

Andy Marcum is the Ag Lands Solutions Specialist for the Land Stewardship Project. His work focuses in the Chippewa River Watershed on the Chippewa 10% Project, a cooperative effort focused on increasing perennial cover throughout the watershed. Growing up on a Hereford Ranch in Oregon, Andy has gained an extensive background in cattle and grassland management. Currently Andy works with various landowners to improve production and profitability on their property. Mainly focusing around improving grazing systems and utilizing cattle as a tool on recreational and public property to improve grassland health, pasture production and wildlife ecosystems. Andy also raises Grassfed Beef on his own ranch using intensive grazing management to restore degenerated pasture and Native Prairie.


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