2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

January 30-February 1, 2018

Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells

Due to a generous grant from Organic Valley, GrassWorks is able to offer 10 scholarships to attend the GrassWorks Grazing Conference.

WIN A SCHOLARSHIP TO THE 2018 Conference!  A scholarship application to educate, inspire and motivate new organic farmers to learn about managed grazing, holistic grazing and grass and how it all works together for the organic farmer by attending the 2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI January 30-February 1, 2017.

Fill out the google application by clicking HERE OR download a pdf of the application at Graze Organic Scholarship Application and mailing it to GrassWorks, c/o Heather Flashinski, 16294 250th Street, Cadott, WI 54727.  Applications are due by OCTOBER 31, 2017

 Sponsors and Vendors – Click on this link for the 2018 sponsorship booklet

WHAT HAPPENED THIS PAST CONFERENCE:  25th Annual GrassWorks Grazing Conference Hosts over 435 people….highest attendance in 10 years

February 2-4, 2017
Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells

GrassWorks Grazing Conference Celebrates 25 years


GrassWorks hosted its 25th Annual Grazing Conference at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells from February 2-4. The first grazing conference was in 1993 at the exact same location.  Over the years the event has been held in Wausau, Rothschild, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, but conference attendees always enjoy coming back to where it all began.

Tom Frantzen enlightened us with making better decisions by asking better questions

Closing Time entertained until the end






Over 435 people attended the conference this year to learn from grazing experts, Jim Gerrish, Tom Frantzen and Joyce Turk, plus many other speakers. Highlights also included the Closing Time Barbershop Quartet who provided grand entertainment throughout the night and even closed down the hotel bar at 2:00 am with a song. A Grazing Handy Hints competition sponsored by Hoard’s Dairyman declared four innovating winners: Joe Borgerding of Belgrade, MN, Rob Moore of Nichols, NY, Carl Werner of Beaver Dam, WI and Altfrid Krusenbaum of Elkhorn, WI. Nine individuals or teams answered our call for grazing parodies and put together compositions performed for the crowd. It was all great fun and we recognized a lot of un-tapped talent in the community.

Faye Jones and Altfrid Krusenbaum at Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Booth

Three DGA Journeyworkers announced!







There were 48 tradeshow vendors and sponsors who provided information and resources for attendees. Time for networking, conversation, and entertainment was a major component of this successful annual educational conference.  Three of the major sponsors for this conference include Byron Seeds, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and Simple Soil Solutions.

Quotes from evaluations included:  “I was impressed with the content and the ability of all the speakers that I listened to at the conference.  They were all engaging and passionate about what they were speaking on and could speak well without losing our interest.”  And “I like the mix of real world experience with the scientific data.  Can’t say enough!  All very great, better every year!”

Enjoying the Social time

Lastly, the GrassWorks Board of Directors awarded Greg and Wendy Galbraith of Aniwa, WI with the Jerold Berg Grazing Advocate Award. This honor is awarded to individuals each year to recognize their enthusiastic efforts to educate farmers and consumers about the many benefits of managed grazing.

To see our program, click here.

2017 Featured Speakers:

Tom Frantzen

Tom Frantzen

Joyce Turk

Joyce Turk

Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish







2017 Major Sponsors

Room Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Kettle Range Meat Co.

Session Sponsors

North Wind Renewable Energy

Full Sircle Products

Ice Cream Social Sponsor

MOSA Certified Organic

Bronze Sponsors


AgStar Financial Services

Albert Lea Seed
Badgerland Financial

ClifBar Family Foundation
Cutler Fence LLC
Graze Magazine

Hay and Forage Grower

Hoard’s Dairyman
Hungry Turtle Institute
Legacy Seeds, Inc.
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service

MOSA Certified Organic
National Center for Appropriate Technology
North Central SARE
Prairie Creek Seed
Premier 1 Supplies

Shade Haven

ST Genetics
The Country Today
The Stockman Grass Farmer

The Weston A Price Foundation
United FCS
UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Westby Coop
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Wisconsin Farmers Union
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

And many more…help make this conference a success!

THANK YOU to all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers and attendees for making the 2017 Grazing Conference a success!!