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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

Hemp struggles in first year, but advocates remain optimistic

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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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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    02-04-2017

    Feb. 4, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon

    Pastured pig management and grassfed beef can reliably produce outstanding pork & beef, differentiated by taste and nutritional value.

    Instructor Steve Deibele and his wife Marie, have operated a small certified organic farm, Golden Bear Farm, since 2002 that produces grass-fed beef and pastured Berkshire hogs. He was formally trained as an electrical engineer, and brings an analytical perspective to the operation continually experimenting to improve systems.

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

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

    Register online here

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  • 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    02-09-2017

    Feb 9, 2017, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Spend the evening with Tom Oasen, Walworth County Executive Director of the FSA and learn about some of the Conservation programs, Disaster Assistance, Farm Loan Programs and more that FSA has available.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
    Workshop Fee: suggested donation $10

    Sign up today!

    Register online here

    For more info or questions contact the Workshops Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext 100 or email

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    02-11-2017

    9 a.m. – noon
    The Small Farm Business Planning workshop will focus more on beginning farmers. We’ll touch on many of the topics as the Farm Finances workshop but at a more basic level. We’ll also discuss setting up a recordkeeping system, preparing enterprise budgets, cash flow planning, calculating family living costs, and other topics that are more critical for a beginner.

    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
    Workshop Fee: $40

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

    Register online here

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    02-18-2017

    Join us Saturday, February 18th, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon
    Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends. Go home with your friend’s seeds.

    Free event! Family Friendly!

    No seeds to share? No problem! We have a plenty of native flowers seeds, spinach, lettuce, sunflower, calendula, chive, basil, pea, dill, and tomato seeds and more!

    In the Big Brown Barn at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    No registration required.
    For more information contact Allison: by email or call 262-642-3303 ext. 107

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