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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that farmers, ranchers and landowners committed to protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive land may sign up for the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) beginning June 9. The Secretary also announced that retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged or veteran farmers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP).
One huge change that is advantageous to graziers, is that the new grassland provisions NOW allow producers to grazing their enrolled land, enabling more flexibility. Please visit your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for more details or to enroll. Read the full press release here.
Another funding opportunity has been announced for those producers in the Lake Michigan & Lower Fox River watersheds through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Eligible producers in the Lower Fox River, Manitowoc/Sheboygan and the Milwaukee River watersheds may be eligible for special funds to help clean up the Great Lakes. Producers in the eligible watersheds can apply at their local USDA Service Center for funding to install conservation systems to reduce runoff and erosion. Applications are being accepted now through July 18, 2014. Read the full press release for approved conservation practices here.
The 2015 GrassWorks Conference has been set for January 15-17, 2015 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells
GrassWorks is currently seeking dynamic, cutting edge presentations for its 2015 conference. Do YOU have a topic that fits that description?More details on how to submit a presentation proposal 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: