Success Story - Jeff Rita Glazik Cow and Organic Grain Operation
Illinois Success Story
Grazing Makes Good $ense
Jeff & Rita Glazik: Cow and Organic Grain Operation
By: Paige Buck, NRCS State Public Affairs Specialist
Date: October 2010
A Grain & Grass Operation
Jeff Glazik converted a 400-acre farm located near the start of the Middle Fork
of the Vermilion River in Ford County, Illinois. He runs certified organic
cropland and the rest of his operation is in pasture, natural areas and other
conservation practices, including a number of trees.
Conservation crop rotations are a key component of their system because it’s a
concept and a practice he’s used successfully and seen benefits of first hand.
Glazik and his family are just learning the options and opportunities their
newest friends at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have offered
through federal conservation programs. They are amazed at the ideas and help
they have at their fingertips.
“NRCS has great people and some good and very helpful options that I’ve put to
work on our farm,” says Glazik. He finalilzed his Grazing Management Plan and a
Rotational Grazing System and just installed new fence. EQIP offers both
technical support and financial support that will help make it all happen.
A Perfect Match
Glazik has stock cows and a few hogs, which he sells as meat to local consumers.
Some of his most immediate concerns—which EQIP will address—is to remove
livestock access to water courses (creek) on the farm. He also wants to reduce
erosion and improve water quality. What he has learned to date is how a
prescribed grazing system will offer even better use of his existing crop
rotations. “This really is a perfect match for what my land needs, what my cows
require, and for what I want to do here. I look forward to working with NRCS on
the rest of my plan, which includes incorporating some durable watering systems
and some additional fence,” Glazik adds.
Glazik looks forward to becoming involved in NRCS’ newest conservation program,
the Conservation Stewardship Program, or CSP. Eventually, he hopes to take a few
corridors of land out of permanent grazing and develop riparian corridors on
With new fence for his paddocks up and lit, he’s turned his cows out to their
new time-share buffet just a few weeks ago. “We’ve got alfalfa and timothy and
clover that’s tall and lush. The cows headed out and started munching away. We
almost couldn’t see the calves with the grass so high, but everyone was happy,”
Jeff adds with a smile.
The Glazik operation is also home to a large tree planting effort, which
includes many tree species well suited to the river bottom area and the wildlife
Nick Fritch, Acting NRCS District Conservationist in Ford County, was
instrumental in helping the Glazik operation find options and success.
“Jeff’s operation is one I’ve been proud to be a part of. We’ve used NRCS’ core
program and products to do exactly what was needed here. Every one and every
resource here will emerge a winner,” Fritch said.
If you need more information about grazing and programs, contact the NRCS
District Conservationist at your local USDA Service Center (listed in the
telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture), or contact your local soil
and water conservation district. Information also is available on the web at: