Livestock and crop integration is happening across the Upper Mississippi River Basin. We are profiling one farm per state in each of the six states involved in this project: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
These farms all operate at least 200 acres and integrate crop production and livestock production. A feature of integration that runs through all these case studies: so much flexibility to tailor systems that work with a particular farm’s location, soils, topography, markets, and skills of the farmers. Integration opens up space for generation-to-generation and neighbor-to-neighbor collaboration: the same farmer need not manage both the livestock and the crop enterprises.
Please feel free to download and distribute these case studies!
Schoepp Farms, Ron Schoepp – May 2023
White Oak Farms, Dave Lubben – June 2023