Through the Pasture Project, the Wallace Center at Winrock International is addressing barriers to and developing solutions for water and soil quality issues in the upper Mississippi River Watershed with particular emphasis on rotational grazing and cover cropping. Grass-based production strategies can offer farmer’s economic benefits while simultaneously reducing the impact of agriculture on water and soil quality. The Pasture Project helps farmers use effective and profitable approaches to improve conservation on working lands by integrating pasture and intensive rotational grazing into farm operations. Engaged throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin, we focus direct technical assistance in watersheds that are conservation priorities. Geographically our activity is focused in WI, MN, IA, IL and IN working with regional organization and farmers developing a comprehensive path to conservation-minded farming. Our path to change integrates tried and true approaches to technical assistance with innovations informed by behavioral science and designed to address pressing needs. Together, these approaches form a comprehensive client-centered approach that starts by building awareness of the combined economic and environmental impact of integrating livestock and follows through with peer to peer support and direct technical assistance. While we build a path for farmers, we also build the capacity of supporters at each step, helping ensure sustainability and scalability of these efforts. Wallace Center works regionally and nationally to reduce the barriers to raising grass-fed beef and increase the number of stakeholders supporting sustainable farm management.
The Program Associate will work closely with Program Officer and provide support for The Pasture Project and other initiatives and projects at the Wallace Center that intersect and focus on expanding local and regional food systems that provide opportunities for farmers, local food businesses and communities. This position will also assist with new program design and development of new funding opportunities.