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Fostering Sustainable Agriculture through Research, Education and Policy since 1984

Buds & Bees in honor of Earth Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018 -  4 pm pour, 4:15 pm tour Join Andrea Clemens of Lovelight Flowers on a guided tour of Michael Fields with mead and honey kombucha samples from The Hive Taproom for the... Read more

The Institute’s Big Brown Barn

The impulse behind the institute began in Europe -- Germany, in fact -- with Anthroposophy, the ideas of Rudolf Stiener (1861 - 1925) and the practice of biodynamic agriculture.  Christopher and Mart... Read more

Earth Day on PBS “Searching for Sustainability”

Join society’s growing search for sustainability. From our climate, to our waters, to our air, in our soils, throughout ou... Read more

Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn!

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and local beer! ... Read more

Organic Apple Management Workshop

A sold-out crowd of 70 people arrived at Michael Fields bright and early on Friday, March 16 for a day-long workshop on Organic Apple Production, with attention to school gardeners and small growers. ... Read more

Watch Wisconsin Foodie’s New Episode “The Louisiana Connection” Here

"The Louisiana Connection"  online viewing at PBS.com ... Read more

In Memory of Christopher Mann

November 13, 1930 - February 7, 2018 "The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people.  But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and ... 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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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