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Cropland Grazing Exchange

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture along with Partners from NRCS and Sustainable Farming Association have developed this website which is intended to match up livestock farmers with crop farmers who have forage to harvest. Incorporating livestock into a cropping rotation can benefit both the crop and livestock farmer in many ways:

  • USDA NRCS logoImproving soil health
  • Reducing tillage
  • Reducing soil erosion
  • Increasing cropland fertility
  • Reducing pressure on pastures
  • Lengthening grazing season
  • Sustainable Farming Association logoIncreasing diversity on the landscape

This website serves as a starting point for crop farmers and livestock producers to form partnerships which can benefit both parties. Some examples of potential partnerships include:

  • Fall or spring grazing of livestock over an accumulated cover crop to remove and convert plant matter in preparation for planting.
  • Fall or winter grazing of livestock on cornstalks to trample and convert plant matter and to supply manure in a no-till farming operation.
  • Using custom haying or grazing to harvest hay or other perennial crops added to a cropping rotation.

How it Works

The Cropland Grazing Exchange is a public, interactive map.  After reading and acknowledging the disclaimer, you will be taken to the Cropland Grazing Exchange website where you can create an account and enter information about your operation. Users with an account will have the option to contact other operators via a web-generated email address. Please be patient when contacting other operators and give them adequate time to respond to your inquiry.

Disclaimer:

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is not responsible for the content of this website. MDA offers this web application as a way for livestock producers and crop farmers to connect with one another to better manage resources and improve soil health. Use at your own risk. The information on this website is generated by the users of the service. MDA is not liable or responsible for misrepresentations of current available grazing sites or livestock herds. Availability of fields or livestock change at any time without notice. Any agreements made for grazing services or pasture rent are the sole responsibility of the parties involved.

PESTICIDE WARNING

Please be aware that livestock consumption of forages from fields treated with certain restricted use pesticides can inhibit sale or marketing of livestock products. Refer to pesticide label for any restrictions on products used for the past 48 months. 


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