Grassroots Grazing Program Expands in East Central Iowa

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AMES, Iowa -- The first-ever Grassroots Grazing program for young and beginning graziers was such a success last year that Iowa State University extension beef program specialist Denise Schwab said the program is expanding into east central Iowa this year.

"This grazing management series is designed for young and beginning graziers, although anyone interested in basic grazing management is welcome to attend," she said. "Grassroots Grazing is a three-part series with the first session held at Belle Plaine on Thursday, June 9. Participants will determine the next two dates and locations."

All participants will receive a resource manual for use throughout the course and at their farms. The first session includes discussion on controlling feed costs, goal setting for individual grazing systems, and comparing various grazing programs.The second and third sessions will include pasture walks and additional meetings on dates determined by the participants.

"There is no fee to attend, but we strongly encourage preregistration to plan for the meal and ensure adequate materials for everyone," Schwab said.  "Please register by June 3."

The first session will be Thursday, June 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Belle Plaine High School ag room. For more information or to preregister, contact Schwab by email at or phone 319-721-9624.

The series is provided by ISU Extension and Outreach and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and ISU extension beef program specialists will lead sessions with assistance from other producers and volunteers.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, 641-203-1270,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,

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