Welcome to GrassWorks, Inc. - we're glad you're here!
is a grassroots membership organization that provides leadership and education to farmers
and consumers for the advancement of managed grass-based agriculture to benefit
present and future generations. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, GrassWorks links farmers with the
resources they need to be successful graziers.
Managed Grazing is an economically and environmentally sound method of livestock agriculture. For over twenty years, managed grazing has been a foundation of the sustainable agriculture movement in the upper Midwest and we are proud of the role that GrassWorks has played in its development. We provide leadership, education and
resources for grass-based farmers and regional organizations that support
Honey bees are necessary for the production of an estimated $15 billion worth of fruits, vegetables and seeds. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and will be targeted in five Midwestern states, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Funding will be provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to promote conservation practices that will provide honey bees with nutritious pollen and nectar while providing benefits to the environment.
Application deadline is March 21, 2014. Contact your local NRCS office for details.
EDUCATION is one of GrassWorks' greatest resources. In our continued efforts to bring you, producers and consumers, the most current information on Managed Grazing - please take a moment to browse our site. We have many educational pieces (fact sheets, grazing guides and articles/book titles) for you to use in the management of your operation or share with your local agency personnel or policy makers.
March and April 2014 will be busy with one-day grazing conferences hosted by your local grazing networks. Download conference agendas and registration information below-
Heart of WI 20th Annual Winter Grazing Conference, March 6 @ Stoney Creek Inn, Rothschild
Lake Superior Grazing Winter/Spring Grazing Workshops, March 7 & April 5 in Ashland
Northwest WI Grazing Networks' Grazing Conference, March 8 @ Tesora Conference Center, Siren
West Central WI Grazing Conference, March 14 @ Metropolis Resort, Eau Claire
North Central Graziers Winter Dairy Conference, March 25 @ Central WI Produce Auction site, Withee
North Central Graziers Winter Beef Meeting, April 3 @ Camp 28, Rib Lake
If you're hosting a grazing event in your area - please send us a copy to place on our Calendar of Events. Check back often to find out about local pasture walks, demonstrations, workshops or network conferences.
Along with the Annual Grazing Conference being GrassWorks' most concentrated and efficient outreach effort, there is also the Board of Directors. This group of producers is YOUR voice on what issues are important to you & therefore GrassWorks, Inc. should take a position on. Congratulations to the 2014 Board of Directors:
Left to right: Julie Engel (VP), Jefferson; Kevin Mahalko, Gilman, Wendy Galbraith (Sec.), Aniwa; Dave Johnson (Pres), Arcadia; Dave Vetrano, Bangor; Dave Heidel, Random Lake, Kay Craig (Treasurer), New Holstein; Cheyenne Christiansen, Chetek. Missing: Peter Arnold, Edgar; Wally Sadler, Fremont; Dan Olson, Lena and Matt Hartwig, Athens
The Grazing Advocate Award is given annually at the GrassWorks Conference to recognize individuals who have helped to facilitate the adoption of managed grazing and whose work on behalf of the grazing community is exceptional. Congratulations to Jerold Berg!! Your dedication to educating producers, conservationist & consumers about the benefits of managed grazing is admirable.
Many of you have heard about the Aldo Leopold Conservation award that is given out each year. GrassWorks is proud to announce that our very own, Richard & Kim Cates, are the 2013 recipients of this prestigious award. Here is a video clip about why they were picked: