September 30, 2017
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
June 16, 2017
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
April 12, 2017
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
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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
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For more info or questions contact the Workshops Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext 100 or email
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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.