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9 Steps to Conservation Planning

Farmers of many sizes and kinds tell MFAI about the merit of conservation planning. As farmers in Iowa County's Trout Creek-Mill Creek Farmer-Led Watershed project have found, sometimes the process sh... Read more

USDA Reinvents CSP – Enrollment Deadline Feb.3, 2017

For over 15 years, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and other partners in the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition have worked to create and support USDA’s Conservation Stewardshi... Read more

The Alchemists Documentary

To all who want to heal and consecrate the Earth.  WATCH the film on Vimeo now! Following those on their mission who have been called upon to for... Read more

Upcoming Whole Farm Workshops

We have a lot of great workshops coming this winter. Winter is such a lovely time to ponder things, catch up on reading, and take Whole Farm Workshops ... Read more

2016 Garden Intern Updates

“Hi, my name is Hoa and I’m from Vietnam. I am doing my 2nd year apprenticeship at MFAI which I feel so fortunate to have. This year is a big change for me since I have learnt and worked at the sa... Read more

Fishermen and farmers discuss common interests over fantastic seafood

Michael Fields' Policy Director, Margaret Krome, describes below a creative - and delicious - cultural exchange and educational opportunity that MFAI organized last month. We brought fishermen from Lo... Read more

Making Wisconsin Fruits and Veggies Taste Better

by Tim Morrissey, Public News Service (WI) MADISON, Wis. — Most consumers have had the experience of buying vegetables because they look great, and then being disappointed by how they taste. That... Read more

Institute Releases Study on Cover Crop Economics

  A recently completed study entitled “Economic analysis... Read more

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  • 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    01-19-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    Everyone welcome. Bring a friend!

    It seems appropriate at a time of year traditionally known for renewal to get together to consider the possibilities for the coming year. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) believes it has a solution to the problem of climate change. It turns out others believe CCL is onto something also! Please join us to view a new episode of the National Geographic Channel’s TV series Years of Living Dangerously that highlights CCL’s success in energizing congressional members to see the opportunities created when we address climate change. Learn about how CCL has achieved this success. And meet people like yourself involved in making it happen.
    For more information about this event, contact Doug Edwards at dougedwards@115chestnut.com or Loren Johnson at plowjockey48@gmail.com.

    Here’s some background about Citizens’ Climate Lobby:
    • CCL’s philosophy is that the world does not need one more angry group. For seven years, CCLers have been building respectful long-term relationships with their members of Congress and staff and with local news media. They’ve held literally thousands of face-to-face meetings—and it’s starting to pay off.
    • Although they are volunteer-driven and organized by congressional districts, they’re not all amateurs. Their Advisory Board is world-class.
    • Last year they grew from 15,000 to 40,000 members.
    • The McArthur Foundation gave them a $500,000 grant.
    • In the summer of 2015 CCL and Quaker volunteers persuaded 10 (now 15) House Republicans to sign the GIBSON RESOLUTION saying Congress should act on human-caused climate change.
    • In early 2016, after three years of effort by local CCL volunteers around the country, CCL persuaded two Florida House members—one Democrat (Ted Deutsch) and one Republican (Carlos Curbelo) to co-chair the CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. The caucus now has 20 House members from FL, NY, PA, CA, IL, OR, CT, MA, VT, NV and MD. They must join in pairs, Noah’s Ark style, one Democrat and one Republican. They are committed to finding a bipartisan climate solution. And, CCL knows that some form of federal carbon fee-and-dividend is almost certainly going to be part of that mix because it can satisfy both parties. It’s hard to overstate the importance of Republicans committing publically to working with Democrats to find a solution.
    • In June of 2016, 1,000 CCLers from around the country held small-group meetings in more than 500 congressional offices in Washington, D.C. Two weeks after the November election, 300 CCLers returned to Washington for more targeted follow-up meetings.
    • In 2017, they expect members of Congress to introduce CCL’s carbon fee and dividend legislation (CFD) with bipartisan co-sponsors.

2021
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    01-21-2017

    9 am – Noon

    This workshop is geared toward a person already farming who wants to do a better job of understanding their financial strengths and vulnerabilities. We’ll talk about the three major financial statements: balance sheet; income statement; and statement of cash flows. We’ll discuss how to prepare and analyze all three using the farm’s Schedule F as the starting point. We’ll also discuss the difference between cash flow and profitability. Finally, we’ll touch on farm investment analysis.

    Instructor Paul Dietmann is Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin. Paul leads the coop’s beginning farmer program and its Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who are marketing their products direct to consumers. Prior to joining the staff at Badgerland, Paul spent 16 years with the State of Wisconsin; eleven years as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
    Workshop Fee: $40

    Sign up now! Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.

    Register online here

     

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