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
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.
Exciting news - Woody Lane, nationally known livestock nutritionist and forage specialist, is coming to Wisconsin in September for a week-long schedule of events. Starting out at the WI Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI on September 5-7, then onto the Green Bay/Lena area for a seminar on Sept. 8 with a facilitated pasture walk on Sept. 9. Then Woody travels to the Eau Claire area for a day-long seminar/pasture walk on Sept. 10. His tour ends in the Hayward/Spooner with conferences and pastures walks occurring on Sept. 11 & 12.
Details about these events can be found here. Please take a moment to read since pre-registration is required for some of the events. Contact information is provided. Sponsorship for these events are provided by GrassWorks, Inc., National Grazing Lands Coalition, Glacierland & River Country RC&Ds, WI-GLCI and local grazing networks.
Here is a great article about our President, Dave Johnson and his farm in Arcadia that appeared in The Country Today recently. Dave and his wife Sonja hosted the 2014 GrassWorks Annual picnic. We hope that many of you were able to attend and enjoy the day at Shepherd Valley!
The 2015 GrassWorks Conference has been set for January 15-17, 2015 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells
GrassWorks is currently soliciting conference sponsors and tradeshow participants. Reservation form can be found under the Events tab.
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 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: