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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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    Cover Crops Farm Tour & Seafood

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    10-09-2017
    Spring Green, WI 53588, USA
    Spring Green, WI 53588, USA

    Wisconsin Conservation Farming with Gulf Seafood!

    Join Iowa County’s Uplands Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a farm tour followed by brats and seafood

    9:00 am Fazenda Boa Terra produce farm (Lidida Dunge and John Middleton), 6580 State Rd 23, Spring Green
    10:00 am Michael Dolan’s cover crops, State Rd 23
    10:45 am Uplands Cheese dairy farm (Scott & Liana Mericka and Andy & Caitlin Hatch), 5023 State Rd 23 N, Dodgeville

    Farm tour followed by lunch at Uplands Cheese Farm

    Come discuss cover crop practices for fresh market produce, grain and dairy systems. See no-till drilling, irrigation, manure management, and other strategies to conserve soil and nutrients.

    Then enjoy brats, plus seafood caught by fishermen in the Gulf – whose challenges with nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Gulf Dead Zone we seek to help through our conservation practices.

    REGISTER ONLINE HERE   There is no fee, but please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 5th

    For more information, contact: Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, 608-238-1440
    or Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension, 608-930-9850

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