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Sustainable Agriculture

Golden Sands RC&D believes that conservation and agriculture can be a good match. Our staff works with farmers to promote and implement production methods that are profitable and sustainable on operations of all sizes.

Golden Sands RC&D suports sustainable agriculture by educating dairy farmers and livestock producers about Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) practices and providing technical assistance for farmers converting to managed grazing.  In addition, we support No-Till Drill rental opportunities for farmers to interseed thin pastures and hayland that will be converted to manage pasture. We also provide the Stevens Point Area Neighborhood Gardens (SPANG) sites to offer places that residents can sustainably grow their own food. 

What is Grazing?

Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) divides a pasture into paddocks where animals graze in controlled rotations, using some paddocks for grazing and allowing others to rest and re-grow. 

Livestock graze each paddock for a brief period, then rotate to a different paddock. When a paddock is not being grazed, the pasture has a chance to re-grow leafy plants.
How We Can Help
Golden Sands RC&D offers free assistance to farmers who want to explore management intensive grazing. We can help you by providing individual farm planning, management and technical assistance. 
Golden Sands RC&D Programs include:
  • One-on-one farm and grazing system planning. We meet with you at your farm to understand the specifics about your goals and operation.
  • Follow-up visits. We keep in touch to make sure the system is working and you are reaping all of the benefits.
  • Farm mentorship opportunities. We help you get to know other farmers in your area who use MIG.
  • Educational programming. We organize visits to nearby MIG farms so you can see for yourself how they work.
  • Technical assistance and management support to veteran grazers. Wherever you are in the process, we are here to help.
  • Assistance in garnering government cost-share dollars for grazing infrastructure
We are proud to partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), County Land & Water Conservation Departments, the Grazing Land Conservation Initiative, and UW-Extension offices to plan and implement successful grazing systems throughout Central Wisconsin.
Benefits of Grazing for Your Farm
MIG keeps your land healthier by rotating the impact of grazing rather than allowing it continuously on all land. This gives the land and plants time to re-grow. Rotating the use of paddocks for grazing yields greater amounts of nutritious forage on your land, protects soil and water, reduces the use of fossil fuels and synthetic inputs, and makes it easier for other beneficial animals, birds and insects to visit and aid in natural re-growth.
Following the MIG cycle means that you can continue farming with high yields and future generations can continue using the land for farming and livestock.
Benefits of Grazing for Our Environment
Our region supports many livestock farmers, but this vibrant farming community potentially means a 
lot of wear and tear on our soil and groundwater. When you switch to MIG and plant permanent pasture, you decrease the use of fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals and reduce carbon pollution. 

Permanent pasture also reduces soil erosion, keeping our lakes, rivers, and groundwater clean.  The permanent pasture also provides grassland habitat for wildlife, including threatened species like the Greater Prairie Chicken.  

No-Till Drills

If you are interested in No-Till Drill, please visit our rental page for descriptions and fees of available drills.

What YOU can do

Do you buy food?  You can support a sustainable environment by supporting the farmers using sustainable practices everytime you shop!  Look for grass-fed meat products, and you'll know you're supporting grass-based agriculture that protects water and provides wildlife habitat.

Are you a farmer interested in MIG?  Contact us to find out more!  Joel.Kuehnhold(at)goldensandsrcd.org or 715-343-6215

Sponsorships needed!  YOU can support our work to help more farms become sustainable through MIG by sponsoring a Pasture Walk, our educational events for farmers to learn about MIG.  Contact us to become a sponsor!  


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