A virtual Land Stewardship Project (LSP) pasture talk on Tuesday, September 28, will feature two farmers discussing their experience with contract grazing. The Zoom call will run from 6:30- 8 p.m.; for more information and to register, see landstewardshipproject.org or contact LSP’s Bairet Lenzen-Eiter at bairet@landstewardshipproject.org.

Because land access is the number one barrier that beginning farmers face, there is increased interest in alternative methods of gaining access to land. Prescribed grazing contracts, where farmers are paid to graze their animals on land rather than paying to rent that land for grazing, may be a way to gain access to land and increase profitability.

Heidi Eger is a beginning farmer raising sheep in Southeast Minnesota and researching the effectiveness of managed rotational grazing by sheep to control wild parsnip in a perennial pasture. Eger will discuss how contract grazing may affect land access and share the results of wild parsnip control research. Adam Ledvina will share some basics about contract grazing along with his experience using Kiko goats for prescribed grazing for native land restoration.