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
And we have Happy Cows ....
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.
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.
April News Bulletin: USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers
Farm Bill Program Offers Producers Relief for 2014 Losses in more than 40 States including Wisconsin
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible losses may include excessive heat or winds, flooding, blizzards, hail, wildfires, lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions and diseases, or in the case of honeybees, losses due to colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, most of whom suffered honeybee colony losses, represent more than half of ELAP recipients. To learn more about ELAP, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elap. For more information about USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster assistance programs, visit disaster.usda.fsa.gov or contact your local FSA office at http://offices.usda.gov.
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 2015 Board of Directors:
Kevin Mahalko (Pres); Wally Sedler (VP); Julie Engel (Treasurer); Laura Paine (Secretary)
Larry Smith, Dave Vetrano, Dave Heidel, Matt Hartwig, Cheyenne Christensen, Peter Arnold, and Andy Jaworski
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 Laura Paine!! Your dedication to educating producers, conservationist & consumers about the benefits of managed grazing is admirable.