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2nd Annual Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn! Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, and local wine an... 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

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

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

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

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

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

Organic Apple Growing Class

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is hosting a workshop on organic apple tree management, grafting, and pruning on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 to 3:30, $40/participant. This workshop will be... Read more

“Searching for Sustainability” Movie Showing

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00 pm  FREE FILM SCREENING Join society’s growing search for sustainability. From our clim... Read more

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January
  • 05

    Farm Law 101 Workshop

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    01-05-2018-01-06-2018

    From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures, negotiating sales, forming an LLC, filing taxes, getting insurance and so on—legal issues work their way into every aspect of the sustainable farm. The good news is that developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think!

    Farm Law 101 is not a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by an attorney and 1 or 2 farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on the ground experience, including input from participants. Expect a compelling, informative, and engaging workshop that will inspire you to take action to build a stronger, more resilient farm!

    This workshop will empower direct to consumer farmers to move forward on legal issues of greatest importance to their operation.

    Two day Agenda:

    Friday
    LLCs, Partnerships, and Corporations
    Leasing Land
    Insurance: Crops/Livestock, General Liability (Property/Casualty)

    Saturday
    Employment Law
    Interns and Volunteers
    Food Safety

    See Full Agenda here

    Cost: $15 per day or $25 for both days

    All workshop materials included, and lunch and dinner are provided Friday with a light breakfast on Saturday.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    W2493 County Rd ES
    East Troy, WI 53120

    REGISTER HERE Registration deadline is December 28, 2017

    Lodging: A block of rooms for Friday, January 5th, has been reserved at the Quality Inn East Troy, until December 16, 2017. Reserve your room by phone 262-642-2100, use group code: MFAI Farm Law. On-site lodging is also available, call Perry Brown for more information, 262-642-3303, ext. 119.

    Financial assistance available to qualified Farm Operators. Call Perry Brown 262-642-3303 ext. 119

  • 17

    Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    01-17-2018

    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 – that webinar will be 12pm-1:30pm). Connection information for the webinar will be provided upon registration available here

    Week 1 – January 17:
    Reducing Erosion and Improving Water Infiltration with Cover Crops and No-till
    Laura Ward Good, UW-Madison Soil Science
    Francisco Arriaga, UW-Madison Soil Science

    Week 2 – January 24: Cover Crops after Corn Silage
    Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX
    Kevin Shelley, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program

    Week 3 – January 31: Cover Crops after Wheat
    Jim Stute, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County UWEX

    Week 4 – February 7: Grazing Cover Crops and Using Cover Crops as a harvested Forage
    (please note longer webinar 12pm- 1:30pm)
    Gene Schreifer, Iowa County UWEX
    Jason Cavidini, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
    Wayne Coblentz, USDA Dairy Forage Research

    Week 5 – February 14: Interseeding and Overseeding Cover Crops
    into Standing Crops and Spring Seeding of Cover Crops
    Dan Smith, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program
    Brian Briski, Natural Resource Conservation Service
    Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX

    Week 6 – February 21: Soil Health
    Jamie Patton – UW-Nutrient and Pest Management Program
    Matt Ruark – UW Madison Soil Science

    MORE INFO HERE

    REGISTER NOW

  • 24

    Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    01-24-2018

    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 – that webinar will be 12pm-1:30pm). Connection information for the webinar will be provided upon registration available here

    Week 1 – January 17:
    Reducing Erosion and Improving Water Infiltration with Cover Crops and No-till
    Laura Ward Good, UW-Madison Soil Science
    Francisco Arriaga, UW-Madison Soil Science

    Week 2 – January 24: Cover Crops after Corn Silage
    Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX
    Kevin Shelley, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program

    Week 3 – January 31: Cover Crops after Wheat
    Jim Stute, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County UWEX

    Week 4 – February 7: Grazing Cover Crops and Using Cover Crops as a harvested Forage
    (please note longer webinar 12pm- 1:30pm)
    Gene Schreifer, Iowa County UWEX
    Jason Cavidini, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
    Wayne Coblentz, USDA Dairy Forage Research

    Week 5 – February 14: Interseeding and Overseeding Cover Crops
    into Standing Crops and Spring Seeding of Cover Crops
    Dan Smith, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program
    Brian Briski, Natural Resource Conservation Service
    Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX

    Week 6 – February 21: Soil Health
    Jamie Patton – UW-Nutrient and Pest Management Program
    Matt Ruark – UW Madison Soil Science

    MORE INFO HERE

    REGISTER NOW

  • 31

    Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    01-31-2018

    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 – that webinar will be 12pm-1:30pm). Connection information for the webinar will be provided upon registration available here

    Week 1 – January 17:
    Reducing Erosion and Improving Water Infiltration with Cover Crops and No-till
    Laura Ward Good, UW-Madison Soil Science
    Francisco Arriaga, UW-Madison Soil Science

    Week 2 – January 24: Cover Crops after Corn Silage
    Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX
    Kevin Shelley, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program

    Week 3 – January 31: Cover Crops after Wheat
    Jim Stute, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County UWEX

    Week 4 – February 7: Grazing Cover Crops and Using Cover Crops as a harvested Forage
    (please note longer webinar 12pm- 1:30pm)
    Gene Schreifer, Iowa County UWEX
    Jason Cavidini, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
    Wayne Coblentz, USDA Dairy Forage Research

    Week 5 – February 14: Interseeding and Overseeding Cover Crops
    into Standing Crops and Spring Seeding of Cover Crops
    Dan Smith, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program
    Brian Briski, Natural Resource Conservation Service
    Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX

    Week 6 – February 21: Soil Health
    Jamie Patton – UW-Nutrient and Pest Management Program
    Matt Ruark – UW Madison Soil Science

    MORE INFO HERE

    REGISTER NOW