Help shape the future of farming!  “Match Made In Heaven: Crops + Livestock” survey wants to hear from farmers!

Integration of crops and livestock, such as grazing crop residue and cover crops, brings a package of benefits including reduced costs, improved fertility, and a stronger local community.  But there are challenges too: logistics of time and labor, infrastructure costs, maybe even a new skill set.  The “Match Made In Heaven” survey wants to hear where farmers are at: about your interests, experiences, and challenges around integrating crops and livestock.  Maybe your operation is already integrated, or you have a neighbor whose heifers could graze your corn stubble, or you see an opportunity for a young person to get started managing livestock on your land.  The Match Made In Heaven survey needs your help to understand what’s working and what isn’t.

“Match Made In Heaven: Livestock + Crops” is a partnership between crop and livestock associations, universities, public agencies, and soil and water groups.  The results of this collaborative survey will help guide development of resources to benefit all, such as the Midwest Grazing Exchange tool.  Complete the survey to enter a drawing for $100 gift cards!  Find more information and a link to the survey at the MMIH website.

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About the Author: Jennifer Jones

​As Research Agronomist for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Jennifer Jones works on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers in the development and the implementation of conservation agricultural research and outreach programs. She supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research and validation studies to ISA’s farmer audiences; leads demonstration of conservation agriculture practices; and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois. Contact Jennifer at

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