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National Survey of Attitudes About Crop Insurance

Please give your input and share the link with all who may be interested, a $20 honorarium is offered. The 2014 Farm Bill greatly increased access to crop insurance for diversifie... Read more

SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Webinar & Upcoming Grant Writing Workshops

October 17, 2017, 7-8:30 pm CDT An evening webinar on applying for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) farmer-rancher grants. SARE Farmer Rancher Grants fund inn... Read more

2017 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference a Success

The 2017 conference, our fourth, was held on October 4th in Washington and Ozaukee Counties, near Wisconsin’s Eastern shore. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Role of Cover Crops in S... Read more

Cover Crop Field Day

Over 100 people showed up for a cover crops farm tour Monday, October 9, held on farms in Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed group, which MFAI sponsors. “I learned more today than at any even... 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

A Trip to the Bayou – Fishermen and Farmers Bond Over Seafood and Nutrients

The Institute’s Policy Director, Margaret Krome, says she never ate so much delicious seafood in her life. With eleven others – farmers, cameramen, and reporters – Krome traveled to the bayous o... 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

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

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  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    08-02-2016

    Instructors Amber Miller and Heather Lux from WWBIC
    This class will be a chance to ask questions as to how to put all this information together to create a business plan worthy of funding. WWBIC personnel are trained to help small and new business owners navigate the seas of the start-up world and will can work with you to create the best business plan for your farm or small business. Remember: No one plans to fail, they fail to plan.
    Register for this class here

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  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    08-19-2016

    No additional detail for this event.

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  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    08-20-2016

    No additional detail for this event.

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  • 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
    08-26-2016

    What to do with all these veggies? How can I prepare healthy and tasty foods?  Why not taking a cooking lesson?

    Bring a friend and join Danielle Drogier and Lydia Gronwa from M.A.T.C. Dietetic Program for a night of deliciousness. We will begin cooking a 3course meal at 5:30 pm. The menu will be determined by what is fresh in theorganic garden. Each course will be accompanied by a wine pairing. Cooking lesson in The Big Brown Barn’s commercial kitchen.

    $60 per person

    Seats are limited get your tickets now! Buy Tickets Proceeds go to support the intern program at Michael Fields.

  • 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
    08-26-2016

    What to do with all these veggies? How can I prepare healthy and tasty foods?  Why not taking a cooking lesson?

    Bring a friend and join Danielle Drogier and Lydia Gronwa from M.A.T.C. Dietetic Program for a night of deliciousness. We will begin cooking a 3course meal at 5:30 pm. The menu will be determined by what is fresh in theorganic garden. Each course will be accompanied by a wine pairing. Cooking lesson in The Big Brown Barn’s commercial kitchen.

    $60 per person

    This event has been cancelled.

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  • All day
    08-30-2016

    In Lancaster, Wisconsin.

    The one-day conference whose theme is “Coupling soil health and economics” will feature a bus tour highlighting the operations of several local cover crop uses, both dairy/ livestock and cash grain as well as cover crop research at the Lancaster Research Station. Special emphasis will be placed on using cover crops to improve the “bottom line”. Continuing education credits for agricultural professionals will be available.

    The conference is a joint effort of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Wisconsin NRCS, UW-Extension and UW Agricultural Research Stations.

    Please check back later this spring for the full program and additional details. For more information please contact Jim Stute, (262) 642-3303 ext. 112, jstute@michaelfields.org

  • 9:00 am-4:00 pm
    08-30-2016

    Starts and ends at the Grant County UW-Extension Office:
    Youth & Agriculture Center
    916 E Elm Street, Suite A
    Lancaster, WI 53813-0031

    The one-day conference whose theme is “Coupling soil health and economics” will feature a bus tour highlighting the operations of several local cover crop uses, both dairy/ livestock and cash grain as well as cover crop research at the Lancaster Research Station. Special emphasis will be placed on using cover crops to improve the “bottom line”. Continuing education credits for agricultural professionals will be available.

    The conference is a joint effort of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Wisconsin NRCS, UW-Extension and UW Agricultural Research Stations.

    Registration is required by August 20 to assist with event planning. Online registration here.

    To register by email contact:  Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference, WCCC@michaelfields.org

    To register by phone contact:  Ted Bay, Grant County UW-Extension, (608)723-2125

    Cost of the conference is $30 which includes lunch and materials (fee waived for NRCS personnel). Five CEUs in crop management are available. For more information contact Jim Stute: (262) 642-3303, extension 112 or jstute@michaelfields.org

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