Events

UPCOMING GRAZING WEBINARS

 

WEBINAR: Establishing Optimal Forage Chains for Livestock Grazing
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Kent Solberg (Sustainable Farming Association)
Ensuring access to sufficient, high-quality forage is critical for optimizing the health and productivity of livestock in a rotational grazing operation. In this webinar, Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will share how beginning and established graziers can incorporate diverse annual, perennial, and stored forage options into their grazing plans throughout the year. This will include information on the types of forage, annual forage cycles, optimal herd rotations, common challenges, and creative solutions. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of adaptive management principles.
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WEBINAR: Contract Cattle Grazing and Establishing Grazing Leases
Date: Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Robert Bauer (Southwest Badger RC&D)
Accessing land for pasture-based livestock production, particularly adaptive grazing, can be a barrier for beginning or established graziers to start or expand their herds. Contract grazing provides a solution to this challenge by using grazing leases to connect graziers and landowners for mutual gain. By providing access to forage without ownership, contract grazing helps graziers increase their forage stock and herd productivity while generating soil health and other income for land owners. In this webinar, Robert Bauer, Grazing Specialist with Southwest Badger RC&D, will share the fundamentals of contract grazing and how it can most effectively be applied, including contract arrangements, negotiation strategies and conservation planning. 
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WEBINAR: Grazing Cover Crops: Planning and Infrastructure
Date: Monday, July 23 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Kent Solberg (Sustainable Farming Association)
Introducing cover crop rotations is increasingly proven to protect and improve soil health and cash crop productivity. Grazing cover crops with cattle is an excellent way to make this beneficial practice more impactful and profitable. But the right planning, relationships, and infrastructure are needed to ensure grazing cover crop success. In this webinar, Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will share field-tested best practices for successfully integrating cover crops and adaptive grazing, including species selection, cover crop establishment, forage chain integration, temporary infrastructure, lease options, and more. 
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WEBINAR: Achieving Financial Success with Grazing Cover Crops
Date: Monday, July 30 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Meghan Filbert (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
The economic case for using cover crop rotations is strengthened by integrating adaptive cattle grazing. Successfully doing so not only improves soil health and subsequent crop productivity, but also potentially increases revenue from livestock enterprises or contract grazing. In this webinar, Meghan Filbert, Livestock Program Manager at Practice Farmers of Iowa, will share essential tools and tips for successfully implementing cover crop grazing using adaptive management principles that have been field-tested and documented. 
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COMPLETED WEBINARS & RECORDINGS

WEBINAR: Adaptive Grazing 101 – Part 1: Introduction to Adaptive Grazing w/ Dr. Allen Williams
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
In the first of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Williams will help farmers and land managers understand the essential principles and practices of using adaptive grazing management practices to build healthy and productive soil while building a profitable and diverse farm enterprise.
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WEBINAR: Adaptive Grazing 101 – Part 2: Principles & Practices of Adaptive Grazing (Compound, Diversify & Disrupt) w/ Dr. Allen Williams
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
In the second of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Williams will expand on three specific principles and associated practices necessary for successful adaptive grazing and management systems. The Principles of Compounding, Diversity, and Disruption will be reviewed and broken down into manageable actions that any farmer, grazier, or landowner can take.
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WEBINAR: Adaptive Grazing 101 – Part 3: Successfully Implementing Adaptive Grazing Principles: Case Studies w/ Dr. Allen Williams
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
In the third and final session of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Williams will tie together adaptive grazing theory and practice by sharing case studies of farmers and graziers from different backgrounds that have successfully transitioned and grown their adaptive grazing and management operations.
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WEBINAR: Financial Planning and Funding Options for Successful Grazing
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Rod Ofte (Willow Creek Ranch), Paul Dietmann (Compeer Financial), Ben Wojahn (Vernon Co. Land & Water Conservation Dept.)
This webinar will cover the basic financial concepts and practices related to a successful grazing operation, including a step-by-step demonstration of helpful decision-support tools such as the Pasture Project’s Pasture Raised Beef Calculator and more. Private and public financing options will also be introduced, compared, and distilled down into essential eligibility requirements.
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WEBINAR: Creating a Whole Farm or Grazing Plan: Who/What/When/Why/How
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Rod Ofte (Willow Creek Ranch) & John Zinn (Pasture Project)
Developing a whole farm plan or a grazing plan is a great way for a new or established graziers to think through the adding additional or stacked enterprises that will maximize the economic and ecological health of their farm on both the short and long-term. The webinar’s expert presenters will share what plans are appropriate to develop and the process needed to ensure they are both comprehensive and achievable. The webinar will also cover how these plans can be used to improve financial planning and access to capital.
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