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Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 report released

Published on 18 April 2012

The Wisconsin Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) funded several innovative grazing-related projects from 2009 to 2011. The Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 Report details the 21 educational projects, 23 technical assistance projects and 10 research projects that supported a variety of grazing-related work.

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The projects, which can last as long as three years, incorporate research-based information and rely on farmer-to-farmer learning. Public events and media coverage of these projects increased general awareness of the benefits of managed grazing to Wisconsin’s rural landscape, communities and economy.

Completed education project accomplishments include:

  • An estimated 20,422 farmers were served directly through pasture walks, meetings, classes, workshops, one-on-one consultations, farm visits, etc., based on reported attendance at each event. (Some farmers may have attended more than one event.)
  • 85 pasture walks, farm tours and demos occurred during the grazing season.
  • 133 winter meetings, conferences or workshops were held.
  • Tens of thousands of people were introduced to managed grazing through targeted print, television, radio and internet publicity.

Technical assistance projects were designed to develop, deliver and assist farmers with new and existing grazing plans. The completed projects reached more than 231 new graziers and created plans for those farmers totaling more than 12,128 acres of well-managed pasture.

In addition, more than 121 farmers received continued plan assistance on another 8,213 acres of pasture. This assistance helped to prevent more than 3,000 tons of soil erosion and 10,000 pounds of phosphorus runoff from entering Wisconsin’s precious streams, rivers and lakes.

Since 1999, the Wisconsin GLCI has allocated nearly $8 million from the federal and state budgets to expand the use of profitable, grazing-based livestock production systems that foster environmental stewardship. Each of these dollars has been matched with an additional $.40 in partner contributions.  FG

—From Wisconsin Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative news release