Regenerative Grazing Series for Farmers

Improve Soil and Support Farm Profitability Through Regenerative Grazing

Regenerative grazing may be for you if: you are a beef producer seeking to improve your environmental and economic outcomes; if you are a row crop farmer looking for a herd to graze your cover crops or to add livestock into your rotation; or if you are a landowner exploring additional revenue streams.

Regenerative grazing can help you achieve these goals while building healthy soils and supporting farm profitability.

The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Land Connection, University of Illinois Extension, and The Pasture Project at the Wallace Center are offering an online series to educate and explore regenerative grazing topics this winter.

This series will feature Kent Solberg, a Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, as well as Illinois graziers Jill Vonder Haar and Jim Isermann.

The series, “Regenerative Grazing: Fundamentals for Farmers,” will take place over three sessions, with the first session kicking off on February 11, 2021. The topic, “The Why: What is Regenerative Grazing?” will include discussions of what regenerative grazing is and how it differs from continuous grazing, as well as the multiple benefits that can result from regenerative grazing.

The second session, “The How: The Nuts and Bolts of Regenerative Grazing on the Farm,” will take place on February 18 and will dive into the details of regenerative grazing, including paddocks, fencing, water, forage basics, and grazing cover crops.

An, “Ask Me Anything!” session will conclude the series on February 25 and allow participants time to ask additional questions and have live discussion with Mr. Solberg and the Illinois grazier presenters.

“Finally, a meeting which goes beyond row crop production and includes the fifth soil health principle we often don’t discuss, livestock integration,” Joe Rothermel, farmer and Chairman of the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District says. “I think this series is a great idea and probably overdue.”

Registration for the series is currently live on The Land Connection’s website.

The planning committee of this series hopes to have an in-person pasture walk in April within or near to the Embarras River Watershed in East Central or Southeastern Illinois. Please stay tuned for details about this in-person event as the committee monitors the effects of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

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