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Industrial Hemp 2018: Lessons Learned

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Turtle Creek Gardens invite you to join the conversation Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 9:00 am - 12 pm,  $20 Purchasing seed/clones –... Read more

Hemp struggles in first year, but advocates remain optimistic

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Why is it urgently important to pass a Farm Bill?

by Margaret Krome We're starting to hear mewings from Congress that, once again, they can't seem to pass a Farm Bill by the deadline they set four-plus years ago. I know how hard deadlines are to m... Read more

Don’t Politicize or Weaken USDA Research Agencies

Last week, several former top USDA research officials in both Republican and Democratic administrations held a nationally broadcast webinar to explain their concerns with a Trump Administration propos... 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

Prescription for First Warm Spring Saturday: Wade in Stream, MFAI and Farmer Group Host WAV (water monitoring) Training

May 5 found 18 farmers and others at the Cates Family Farm in Spring Green for a Water Action Volunteers (WAV) training on how to conduct basic water quality stream monitoring. Several Uplands Watersh... 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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  • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
    10-21-2018
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    A talk by Jarrod Fowler, a horticulturist, entomologist, conservationist, and artist from Massachusetts. Information online at: jarrodfowler.com/info.html

    Biodynamics is a holistic approach that amplifies the health and vitality of farm organisms. Farmscaping is an ecological method that enhances wildlife habitats for biological pest regulation, Biodynamic Farmscaping increases farm fertility and immunity with medicinal plants and beneficial insects.  Learn to diagnose disorders, prescribe remedies, and administer antidotes that help nature heal.

     

     

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  • 10:00 am-2:00 pm
    10-24-2018
    5442 Co Rd ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533, USA

    5442 Co Rd ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533, USA

    MFAI and Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed Group invite you to a field day on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2018 on the Southwest Wisconsin dairy farm of Ryan Dolan and family.

    The topic: “Does Conservation Pay?”

    Location: Dolan Farms, 5443 County Rd ZZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533

    Schedule: The field day begins at 10:00, with presentations, tour, and (free) lunch to follow.

    For more information or to RSVP, please contact MFAI Policy Director Margaret Krome at mkrome@michaelfields.org or Iowa County Agricultural Extension Agent Gene Schriefer at gene.schriefer@ces.uwex.edu.

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