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Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 am - Noon, $40 ... Read more

Agenda Announced- 2018 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference

The fifth annual Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference “Investing in Your Farm’s Future” will be held February 27th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Stevens Point. Barry Fisher, Central Re... Read more

Seed Swap

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am - Noon Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends. No seeds to share? No problem! We have a plenty of native flowers seeds, s... Read more

We invite you to a Reception Premiering the WI Foodie Show “The Louisiana Connection”

Special Event Thursday, February 8th, 6:30 pm - Join us for an edifying and gratifying evening for the soul and taste buds! "The Louisiana Connection" -... Read more

Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

This FREE webinar series will highlight the latest Wisconsin research on cover crops and soil health. The series will be 6 weeks long, every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm (except for the week of February 7 ... Read more

“Crop Insurance – Coming up!”

Crop Insurance for Diversified Farms - Whole Farm Revenue Protection Deadline for signups in Wisconsin and much of the Midwest is March 15, 2018. Southern states have earlier deadl... Read more

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Following Hemp Legalization

Governor Walker signed a bill last week legalizing hemp production in Wisconsin. Gazette writer, Jim Dayton, talked with Michael Fields Ag Institute's Researcher Allison Pratt-Szeliga about what le... 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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  • 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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