Description: As of August 2021, all of the Dakotas and Minnesota, and parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, are in moderate to extreme drought. Many cattle producers in these areas are facing acute forage shortages. One potential strategy is to send cattle away to graze in other states where forage is abundant. The new Midwest Grazing Exchange was established to facilitate just this kind of movement of livestock to available grazing: connecting graziers and landowners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. This webinar provides a tutorial of the grazing exchange, an overview of contract grazing arrangements, and updates from each of the grazing exchange state hosts.
This webinar was hosted by the Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group of Green Lands Blue Waters.
Speakers: Meghan Filbert (Practical Farmers of Iowa), Cindy Zenk (South Dakota Soil Health Coalition), Laura Paine (Grassland 2.0), Jared Luhman (Sustainable Farming Association), Doug Voss (Sustainable Farming Association), Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell (The Land Connection), and Dr. Ashley Conway (University of Missouri Center for Agroforesty).
This webinar was recorded August 6, 2021.