With research collaboration with institutions of higher learning, the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition does not provide funding for indirect costs such as facilities and administration.

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The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Extension Present:

Dirt Rich or Dirt Poor: Principles of Soil Health,

Adaptive Grazing and Cover Crop Livestock Integration

 Featuring Allen Williams 

Allen Williams is founding partner and President of GFI, LLC, an Agriculture & Food Industry consulting firm specializing in enhanced farm and food company sustainability and profitability, livestock genetics and management, soil health initiatives and research, and whole farm planning.  He is also founding partner of Grass Fed Beef, LLC. Allen is a sixth generation family farmer and holds BS, MS degrees in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He spent 15 years in academia in research, teaching, and extension, and has written more than 300 peer reviewed and popular press articles. He has worked with more than 4,000 farmers and ranchers in the US, Canada, Mexico, and South America. GFI, LLC also consults with branded food programs, processors, distributors, retailers, and food service.  Allen has authored numerous feasibility studies, business plans, and cash flow projections for farms/ranches and the natural and organic food sectors.  He has written standards and protocols for a number of branded food programs. Allen has served on several boards and national committees, including the National Integrated Resources Management (IRM) committee.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Grass Fed Exchange and the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, Core Team Member of the Pasture Project, Facilitator in the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program, Co-Principle Investigator for Team SoilCarbon, and Principal in the Farm Food Collaborative.  Allen has been an invited speaker at over 400 regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.


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Interested in monitoring your pastures?

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition developed the Rangeland Monitoring Program to provide on-site assistance for landowners who are ready to implement a pasture-monitoring system — but would like a little help getting started.

The NGLC Rangeland Monitoring Program is available to landowners and managers across the state on a first-come, first-serve basis for a low cost-recovery fee of $25. The program incorporates both plant and soil monitoring and includes technical assistance, laboratory analysis and interpretation of data. More

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Cover Crop Research Update

Below is the list 8 cooperators who are participating in the joint NGLC and Nebraska Extension Cover Crop Research Project.  Listed under each cooperator is the particular mix(es) being planted at their location.


Maddux Cattle Company - Imperial, NE

Cover crop was planted August 14th with the hopes of utilizing weaned calves to graze the cover crop for a week at the end of October depending upon the production.

Mix: Spring Oats, Triticale, Nitro Radish, Purple Top Turnip, Impact Forage Collards, and Sunflower

Jerry Glaser - Spalding, NE

Cover crop was planted with two different methods: flying seed on and drilling.  Jerry plans to graze pairs and yearlings as late in the winter as he can depending upon the production.

Mix 1: Non GMO Soybeans, Mung Beans, Cowpeas, Pearl Millet, Grazing Corn, Sunflower, Okra, Squash, and BuckwheatJ

Mix 2: Non GMO Soybeans, Cowpeas, Pearl Millet, Grazing Corn, Dwarf BMR Sorghum, Purple Top Turnip, Diakon Radish, Sunflower, Okra, Squash, and Buckwheat

Mix 3: Crimson Clover, Annual Ryegrass, Purple Top Turnip, and Impact Forage Collards

Jim Choquette - Bladen, NE

Jim hopes to graze his cover crop with weaned calves turned out in mid-October to early November.

Mix: Cowpeas, Sunn Hemp, Grazing Corn, Dwarf BMR Sorghum, Spring Oats, Sunflower, Buckwheat, Okra, and Squash

Patrick Peterson - Gordon, NE

Patrick plans to graze 240 pairs from around September 7th-10th and be out by September 15th. 


Mix: Soybeans, Cowpeas, Mung Beans, Pearl Millet, Grazing Corn, Sunflower, Okra, and Squash

Rod Christen -

Seed was planted used both the flying on and drilling methods.  Rod plans to use his cover crop for winter forage with a tentative Novemeber 1st turnout.  Heifers, pairs, yearlings, and possibly some grass finished cattle will graze this particular cover crop mixes.


Mix 1: Cow Peas, BMR Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Purple Top Turnip, Collards, Diakon Radish, Sunflower, Okra, Squash, and Buckwheat

Mix 2: Annual Rye Grass, Purple Top Turnip, Collards, and Diakon Radish

Ryan Sexon -Nenzel, NE

Ryan's goal was to plant this cover crop mix in a rangeland of low production with the hopes of increasing the carrying compacity.  November 1st is the tentative turnout date with the goal of grazing through Thanksgiving.  Depending on the production value of the cover crop, Ryan hopes to graze pairs or maybe even wean on the covercrop. 

Mix: Hairy Vetch, Winter Triticale, Black Oats, Collards, and Kale


Tim and Chris Kalkowski - Lincoln, NE

This cover crop was planted the first part of September due to chemical problems, thus black oats and flax could only be planted due to chemical restrictions.  The Kalkowski's hope to turn out 200 head during mid February to calve on the pivot from March to May and supplemental hay will be provided as needed.

Mix: Black Oats and Flax

Vern and Brock Terrel - Hay Springs, NE


The first cover crop was grazed and then the pivot was seeded back to tye for another stand to be grazed by weaned calves in mid-October. This pivot will be split into thirds for grazing.

Mix: Pearl Millet, Purple Top Turnip, Daikon Radish, and Rape Seed.



News Release:

Soil Health and Water Conservation Through Grazing Cover Crops

Lincoln, NE – April 25, 2016 –Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition announced today that it will receive $99,066.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Soil Health and Water Conservation Through Grazing Cover Crops” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 7, 2016 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $99,066.00 and $99,066.00 respectively. The project is one of the 118 projects receiving $18,799,900 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 69 were new applications and 49 are carry-over projects.


Based on the theory of “Teach a man to fish,” this project focuses on grazing cover crops on highly erosive row crop acres that are part of routine row crop plant rotations and/or targeted for reseeding to pasture and range grasses for grazing purposes. On row crop acres that are part of routine crop rotations, grazing cover crops enhances soil health and conserves water through reduced wind and rain erosion. On row crop acres targeted for cool season or native grass reestablishment, the use of cover crops is a logical first step to enhance soil health. This is a three-year project, with the goal of conducting a cover crop grazing demonstration each year in each of the eight NGLC districts statewide. However, the scope of the Soil Health and Water Conservation Through Grazing Cover Crops Project has potential for greater awareness of the importance of soil health and water conservation throughout Nebraska.


The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $250 million in grants to more than 1,900 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.


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The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition is an independent organization of ranchers, interest groups, and agencies whose mission is to collaborate on projects that improve the management and health of Nebraska grazing lands and ensure long-term stability of rangeland resources. The NGLC is funded through grants from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.


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