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Join the Hemp Information Exchange Network

We created the Hemp Information Exchange to be a valuable resource for you and your industrial hemp endeavors. The exchange is where you can ask your production/harvest/storage/processing questions, g... Read more

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2019  9 am - Noon,  $40 In this class, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper, Dan O’Leary, of Honey Valley Beekeeping, will tell you how... Read more

Farm Bill Positions WI Hemp to Take Off

First published online at PNS December 20, 2018 ... Read more

Good News, Bad News: 2018 Farm Bill Passage

After what can only be called a contentious process and protracted hiatus, the 2018 Farm Bill passed both houses last week and was sent to the President for signing, which he was expected to do, as of... Read more

Industrial Hemp License Deadline Extended

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s industrial hemp research pilot program requires both growers and processors to obtain one-time licenses, and register each ye... Read more

GULFS Summer Programming

This Summer, our GULFS Program partnered with the Mellowhood Foundation through a joint grant through the city of Madison to pilot three new lessons with their youth to help them start their own hot p... Read more

Cover crops, CO2 and carbon credits?

Cover crops are grown for several of their benefits, ranging from protecting and enhancing soil to pest suppression. What about using them to sequester atmospheric carbon to counter climate change, wh... Read more

Conservation Planning and Sustainability Consulting Services Available

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) has long been concerned about soil and water conservation and environmental sustainability. In recent years, an increasing number of landowners have ap... Read more

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Upcoming events

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  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    07-05-2016

    Instructor Paul Dietmann from Badgerland Financial
    No one is excited about financial planning but it could be one of the most important aspects of a sustainable farm. This session covers financial information including how to read and understand financial reports and what the difference is between Profit & Loss, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow. We’ll also cover realistic budgets, startup costs and funding options available.
    Register for this class here

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  • 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    07-07-2016

    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has partnered with M.A.T.C. Dietetic Program to provide a delicious experience on a working organic farm.

    What to Expect:
    A tour of the working farm
    A harvesting and hands on field work experience
    A prepared lunch with recipes
    A drawing for a basket of organic veggies to take home

    Tickets: $30 each
    *# of participants is limited
    *Large groups please call 262-642-3303
    *Children over 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult

    What to Bring:
    This is a real experience, be prepared for any weather; farm life is rain or shine. May we suggest a hat, sunscreen, repellent, rain coat, boots and a good appetite

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  • 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    07-14-2016

    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has partnered with M.A.T.C. Dietetic Program to provide a delicious experience on a working organic farm.

    What to Expect:
    A tour of the working farm
    A harvesting and hands on field work experience
    A prepared lunch with recipes
    A drawing for a basket of organic veggies to take home

    Tickets: $30 each
    *# of participants is limited
    *Large groups please call 262-642-3303
    *Children over 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult

    What to Bring:
    This is a real experience, be prepared for any weather; farm life is rain or shine. May we suggest a hat, sunscreen, repellent, rain coat, boots and a good appetite

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  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    07-19-2016

    Instructors Margaret Krome, Michael Fields’ Policy Director & Rachel Armstrong from Farm Commons
    This session will be structured a bit differently. We will give participates links to several on-line webinars covering a range of legal issues and so that basic questions are answered prior to the actual workshop. During the workshop we’ll have time to ask personal and customized follow up questions. Then Margaret Krome will discuss some new programs to help multi-crop farmers manage risks through crop insurance programs.
    Register for this class here

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