The latest news on Grassland 2.0, grassland-based agriculture, and restorative agricultural systems.

Grassland 2.0 and Wormfarm Institute partnering for Fermentation Fest: Grassland Edition September 25th and 26th

The 2020 FoodChain Festival hosted by Wormfarm Institute and held at Witwen Campground
July 30 2021

Grassland 2.0 is happy to announce that it is partnering with the Wormfarm Institute to host Fermentation Fest: Grassland Edition! The festival features a two-day jamboree of live ”grassical” music, fermentation tastings and demonstrations, grazing demonstrations, art activities and local food. The event will showcase the promise and possibilities of…Read More

Where do plant-based milk substitutes fit into the Grassland 2.0 vision?

milk being poured
July 16 2021

There is a debate raging over plant-based milk substitutes (PBMS). These include beverages made from soy, rice, almond, cashew and other nuts (apparently, you can make “milk” from any kind of tree nut), coconut, oats, and hemp. They’re all white and opaque like milk, but I won’t call them “milks”…Read More

Midwest bumble bees declined with more farmed land, less diverse crops since 1870

June 22 2021

As farmers cultivated more land and began to grow fewer types of crops over the last 150 years, most native bumble bee species became rarer in Midwestern states. New research reveals that these species declined while the average number of different crops grown in these states was cut in half…Read More

Land stewardship mirrors agroecological change at Sinsinawa Mound

June 10 2021

If we seek to truly regenerate the land, we must do the same in our own communities. This connection between the health of the land and the health of our communities is abundantly clear at the Sinsinawa Mound located just east of Dubuque. The Catholic sisters at Sinsinawa Mound live…Read More

Research on Agro-IBIS aims to estimate the ecological and economic benefits of grazing and cover-cropping

May 27 2021

Every day, people in the agricultural sector, from farmers to advisers and planners, need to make tough decisions to balance the increasing demand for food, fiber, biofuel, and clean water. These decisions are only getting more complex due to new crop varieties, climate change, shifting markets, government policies, and changing…Read More

On-farm research explores the linkages between pasture management, soil health and ecosystem services

Abby doing soil health measurements in the field
May 13 2021

There is increasing interest among farmers to manage for soil health because of its ability to impact productivity, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and water quality. However, when it comes to measuring soil health there are challenges determining which soil health tests are most beneficial and accessible to farmers, what the…Read More

Grassland 2.0 Learning Hubs Engage Rural Communities on their Turf

April 28 2021

What if our agricultural system did more than just deliver plentiful, low cost food? What if it also provided a consistent, sustainable income for farmers and environmental benefits like clean water and healthy soil? What if agriculture could help restore the vitality of rural communities hollowed out by an exodus…Read More

Reimaging Midwestern agriculture

Cattle running in a pasture
April 16 2021

What if we could reshape our food and agriculture system so that, in addition to tasty, nutritious food, it could produce healthy, resilient soils, clean air and water, biodiversity, stable incomes for farmers, and support vibrant rural communities? About half of the land in the U.S. is farmed. This land--this…Read More

The grass-fed market is more than just selling beef and milk

farmers in a field with cattle grazing
April 1 2021

Throughout the month of February and March GrassWorks hosted a number of virtual grazing events including a recent webinar led by two members of the Grassland 2.0 team -- David LeZaks from Croatan Institute, and Sarah Lloyd from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota. The duo, both…Read More

New Midwest Grazing Exchange connects livestock farmers with landowners in six states across the region

March 18 2021

The new Midwest Grazing Exchange website aims to connect livestock farmers with landowners – it’s like Tinder for cows! From creating opportunities for beginning farmers, to improving the soil, to helping make cover crops profitable, livestock are often a missing piece in Midwestern agricultural systems, where the grazing of vast…Read More

10 reasons why all farmers should raise livestock

March 5 2021

Written by Laura Paine. A version of this article appeared in PD Extra, Progressive Dairyman and In Practice Magazine. Aldo Leopold is one of my favorite ecological thinkers. Leopold was an internationally recognized ecologist and conservationist who lived and worked all over the world, but whose work was particularly inspired…Read More

Positioning agriculture for resilience in a post-pandemic Wisconsin

February 26 2021

This piece was written by Grassland 2.0 members Randy Jackson and Laura Paine and was recently published in WisPolitics. In the depths of winter, we all dream of summer pleasures--this year more than ever! Ours is sitting down with friends to a grass-fed burger hot off the grill, topped with…Read More

Farm worker Edgar Navarro shares about his experience with grazing

January 29 2021

One year ago, in January 2020, a group of Grassland 2.0 grad students launched the Grazing Oral History Initiative. They were motivated by a desire to collect stories from the farthest corners of the grazing movement. And, although the pandemic threw a major wrench in their plans, the group was…Read More

Growing grassland agriculture: New project devoted to expanding opportunities to graze cattle

January 21 2021

This story was written by Stacy Smart and was originally published on Dairy Star. It has been republished here. For grass-based dairy farmer Scott Mericka, grazing is the ideal way to farm. Mericka keeps his 200 cows on pasture year-round, letting them graze 250 days a year starting mid- to…Read More

Farmers, researchers form Grassland 2.0 to expand beneficial grassland agriculture

January 19 2021

This article was written by Grassland 2.0 members Anne Nardi, Jacob Grace and Laura Paine. It was original published in the Organic Broadcaster and has been republished here. What will it take to make a large-scale shift to perennial grazing systems in the Midwest? Grassland 2.0, a newly formed collaboration…Read More

Grassland 2.0 team helped connect art, culture, and the land at the Farm/Art DTour

December 14 2020

This past summer the Grassland 2.0 team collaborated with the Wormfarm Institute on their 8th Biennial Farm/Art DTour. The event is a self-guided tour of rural arts and culture through the scenic working farmland of Sauk County, Wisconsin. This year’s event featured a tour through southern Sauk County with trailheads…Read More

Grassland 2.0 podcast features the stories of graziers and grazing practitioners from across the state

November 10 2020

We are excited to announce that Grassland 2.0 has a podcast; it’s called GrassCast! You can find it on Apple Podcasts, wherever you listen to podcasts, or at The podcast features a series of narrative accounts from producers and other grazing practitioners based on interviews conducted by Grassland 2.0…Read More

Farmers and researchers come together to form new group, Grassland 2.0, to grow grassland agriculture

October 19 2020

Bert Paris loves farming. After nearly 30 years of operating his dairy farm near Belleville, Wisconsin, Bert is in the process of passing on his farm to his daughter, Meagan. She faces serious challenges: Wisconsin led the nation in farm bankruptcies last year, with an average of two dairy farms…Read More

A vision for agriculture

October 8 2020

This story was written by Randy Jackson and was originally published by Aeon in March 2020 and has been republished here. With each step, Zeke’s boot disappears from sight, swallowed by a lush canopy of grasses and clovers. He jabs his walking stick through the foliage to gauge its height.…Read More

Agriculture can indeed fix our food system— if we reimagine it

February 6 2020

This story was written by Grassland 2.0 members Randy Jackson, Michelle Miller, Pam Porter and Lindsey Day-Farnsworth and was originally published by the Washington Post in 2017 and has been republished here. A recent article by Tamar Haspel argues that the local and organic food movement can't fix our food…Read More