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Join the Hemp Information Exchange Network

We created the Hemp Information Exchange to be a valuable resource for you and your industrial hemp endeavors. The exchange is where you can ask your production/harvest/storage/processing questions, g... Read more

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2019  9 am - Noon,  $40 In this class, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper, Dan O’Leary, of Honey Valley Beekeeping, will tell you how... Read more

Farm Bill Positions WI Hemp to Take Off

First published online at PNS December 20, 2018 ... Read more

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

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

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

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July 23 - July 29
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    "Science & Civics: GMOs & Wisconsin" Panel Discussion

    12:00 pm-2:00 pm
    07-24-2017

    Monday, July 24, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Discovery Building
    330 North Orchard Street
    Madison, WI 53715

    There is an impassioned public controversy surrounding GMOs—and much confusion. The topic is especially relevant in Wisconsin, with UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences scientists working at the forefront of GMO-related research, agriculture and the life science industries having invested heavily in the technology, and new developments affecting numerous stakeholders in agriculture, business, and the public sector. However, discussions about GE crops need to move past broad pro/con statements and address the complexities of this fast-evolving field.

    During this event, we will hear from expert panelists covering a range of perspectives related to this issue. We aim to increase understanding and collaboration around both the science and civic dimensions of the issue within the context of Wisconsin.

    Panelists include:
    Jim Holte, President, Wisconsin Farm Bureau
    Monique Liston, Graduate Student, Urban Education, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
    Margaret Krome, Policy Director, Michael Fields Agriculture Institute
    John Mesko, Executive Director, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
    Richard Amasino, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin – Madison
    Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, CALS, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Kim Bremmer, Motivational Agriculture Speaker, Ag Inspirations

    This event is part of the Science & Civics initiative, based on the premise that there is a dangerous gap in both civic literacy and scientific literacy in the United States. We see these two trends as connected, and believe addressing them together is vital to cultivating a citizenry capable of informed self-government. We recently launched a new report in partnership with some of the country’s leading practitioners and communicators of both civics and science: “Science & Civics: A Guide for Collaborative Action.” Now, we are hosting local public events in communities around the United States in order to share these ideas and bring them into local practice.

    This event is free, however please REGISTER ONLINE HERE

     

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    Yoga

    4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    07-26-2017

    Yoga with Shelly

    Wednesdays 6-8 pm

    Pricing
    $10 Drop in
    $40 for 5 classes

    HappenStance Yoga
    Shelly is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor from the Alignment Yoga program. A farmer and educatory by day, she admires nature and is excited to share her love of yoga with the community.

    Discover that ANY body can practice yoga! Increase strength with flexibility while quieting the mind.

    Classes are intended for beginning and intermediate students.

    Questions: happenstanceyoga@gmail.com

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