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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
Outreach Coordinator
Grasslands 2.0 Project
University of Wisconsin
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.



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Working Group Conference Calls

Next call:

February 2020
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

Feb 13 - Waupaca County Forage Council; Manawa, WI

Feb 20 - Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Winter Meeting; Staples, MN

Feb 20 - Outagamie Forage Council; Seymour, WI

Mar 3 - Farminar: Livestock & Cover Crops as Solutions to Changing Climate

Mar 5 - Midwest Soil Health Summit; Elk River, MN

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New Resources

Posted January 6, 2020


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Winter Grazing Farminar
from Practical Farmers of Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa Winter Grazing farminar


Bale Grazing Benefits & Outwintering
from Winona County MN SWCD

Bale Grazing and Outwintering Video from Winona County SWCD


SFA Soil Health Stories

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