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Why is it urgently important to pass a Farm Bill?

by Margaret Krome We're starting to hear mewings from Congress that, once again, they can't seem to pass a Farm Bill by the deadline they set four-plus years ago. I know how hard deadlines are to m... Read more

Grant Programs And Financial Options For Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs

Do you have a new production idea you want to test out on your farm? Are you looking for ways to develop your innovative agricultural business? Many Wisconsin farmers and food entrepreneurs have used ... Read more

Fresh from the (corn) field

According to the calendar, another summer is nearly behind us and fall is upon us, but as I write this I see more 80-degree days in the forecast. Every year and every season have different challenges ... 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

Prescription for First Warm Spring Saturday: Wade in Stream, MFAI and Farmer Group Host WAV (water monitoring) Training

May 5 found 18 farmers and others at the Cates Family Farm in Spring Green for a Water Action Volunteers (WAV) training on how to conduct basic water quality stream monitoring. Several Uplands Watersh... 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

Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems (GULFS)

OVERVIEW GULFS is a dynamic, interactive, and engaging youth-centered curriculum developing youth leaders in food systems change. Focused in Milwaukee and Madison, we aim for youth t... Read more

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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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