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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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    Biodynamic Farmscaping

    7:00 pm-8:30 pm
    10-21-2018
    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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    “Does Conservation Pay?” Field Day

    10:00 am-2:00 pm
    10-24-2018
    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.