Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance

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The healthy, sustainable practice of grazing livestock is getting some assistance by the Mountains-to-Bay Grazers Alliance.

Harry Strite

Innovative Program Supports Farmers Interested in Grazing

Seldom has one farming system provided so many benefits in such a variety of areas—farm profitability, global and local environmental health, soil health, and sustainability—as rotational grazing.

Now in its fourth year, the Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance brings together private and public partners to promote the implementation of rotational grazing and related conservation practices and to increase the number of pasture-based livestock operations in the Bay watershed portions of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The program connects current and new grazing farmers, providing outreach and technical assistance in the form of farmer-to-farmer mentoring, on-farm demonstrations, a quarterly newsletter, and other peer-to-peer experiences.

Recent funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will support these activities, as well as the Alliance’s 2021 goals to

  • convert 1,700 acres to rotational grazing and
  • implement related practices such as forested buffers and livestock stream exclusion.

Over the next two years, we will also explore mechanisms to ensure the life of the M2B Grazing Alliance extends beyond the life of the grant.

To learn more about the Alliance and its funding partners, visit their website at M2BAlliance.org.

Find out more about the important role grazing plays for farmers and the environment.


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Maryland Grazers Network

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