Other Resources Available
Natural Resource Conservation Service
NRCS offers a various cost sharing practices for your managed grazing operation. Farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land. The availability of cost sharing varies annually and by region, so please contact your county NRCS office to learn about options for your farm.
Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers can give you the edge you need to succeed in the pasture based dairy and livestock industries. It is the only program of its kind in the nation, and your best resource for an education in pasture-based dairy and livestock farming.
The Pasture-Based Dairy and Livestock Seminar we offer will familiarize you with the development and management of pasture-based dairy and livestock farm businesses. The course is held on Thursdays from 11:00-1:15, mid-November through March on the UW-Madison campus. A distance education option allows students to enroll and participate via live webcast and interactive audio feed from closer to home.
Please contact us with questions:
Richard Cates, WSBDF Director, 608-265-6437, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Nadia Alber, Outreach Specialist, 608-265-6437, email@example.com
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College –Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems
The Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems program prepares learners with the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound agricultural business. Students will learn the fundamentals of sustainable agriculture focusing on crop production, animal management and farm business. Emphasis is placed on practical entrepreneurial and field training experiences. Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with sustainable agriculture, including commercial gardens and livestock operations, wholesale and retail management as well as food distribution and logistics.
Courses in available in Managed Grazing, Livestock, and much more.
Contact Valerie Dantoin: firstname.lastname@example.org
(920) 498-5568 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 5568
GrassWorks 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 are proud of the role that GrassWorks has played in its development. They provide leadership, education and resources for grass-based farmers and regional organizations that support graziers.
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is dedicated to providing a guided pathway to independent dairy farm ownership, developing grazing careers, and strengthening the economic and environmental well-being of rural communities and the dairy industry. It is the first accredited Apprenticeship for farming in the nation. DGA accomplishes its mission by:
Linking current and aspiring graziers in the transfer of farms and graziers skills and knowledge.
Developing alliances with agricultural, environmental, and consumer groups.
Providing opportunities for farmers and their customers to invest in the next generation of grazing farmers.
Contact DGA at email@example.com or find information for state/local contacts.