Many farmers and land managers are thinking about ways to improve the resilience of their operations and become more nimble in responding to difficult conditions. 

Moving livestock to available grazing is one way to be nimble. Adding cover crops and livestock to row cropping systems helps improve soil health and is one way to build resiliency. Trouble is, many livestock farmers don’t own or rent land in multiple locations – and many crop farmers don’t own or manage livestock. 

Midwest Grazing Exchange is a matchmaking website for livestock and grazing opportunities. 

The website lets users search listings, including through an interactive map with filters for criteria like season, land or livestock type. Farmers can create listings of what land or livestock they have to offer. A free account can be created to save listings of interest, add new listings, see contact details and send messages to other users. Examples of grazing lease agreements and contracts are available.

The Midwest Grazing Exchange now covers Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. State-level and multi-state grazing exchanges for more parts of the United States are linked on the website as well. Visit

This article was submitted by the Midwest Grazing Exchange.

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