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Grazing broker helps form connections to keep grasslands intact
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DODGEVILLE - Landowners and farmers in Iowa, Lafayette, Grant, Green and Dane counties can now receive help to find a renter or pasture acres to graze from the new grazing broker, Robert Bauer, at Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working in the southwest Wisconsin region.

The organization's mission is to implement natural resource conservation, managed growth and sustainable rural economic development in the area through education and implementation of best practices relating to agriculture, grasslands, forests and surface waters.

According to Jim McCaulley, director of the Iowa County Land Conservation Department, the program is a phenomenal resource and very practical opportunity for landowners and farmers alike. The grazing broker connects landowners with livestock producers to keep grasslands intact and increase support for the restoration of additional productive grasslands.

The effort is part of a regional program called the Southwest Wisconsin Grassland and Stream Conservation Area. More than 200 landowners and livestock producers in nine counties in southwest Wisconsin are already engaged in the program. The key is building relationships with owners of cropland, expiring Conservation Reserve Program acres, and overgrazed pastures.

The kickoff is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Reedsburg MATC, 300 Alexander Ave., Room 123, Reedsburg, where the grazing broker will host a workshop on contract grazing for landowners and livestock producers, in partnership with the Sauk County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department. The workshop is free and open to all. More information is available at rotational-grazing-workshop-series.

The grazing broker program is supported by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

To sign up to receive updates on events and workshops in the region visit or SWBadger, call 608-732-1202, or email This is part of the Rotational Grazing workshop series also being held at Reedsburg MATC on Jan. 12 and 19. For more information on those workshops, contact Aaron Pape at or 608-355-4842.