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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

Grant Programs And Financial Options For Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs

Do you have a new production idea you want to test out on your farm? Are you looking for ways to develop your innovative agricultural business? Many Wisconsin farmers and food entrepreneurs have used ... Read more

Fresh from the (corn) field

According to the calendar, another summer is nearly behind us and fall is upon us, but as I write this I see more 80-degree days in the forecast. Every year and every season have different challenges ... 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

Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems (GULFS)

OVERVIEW GULFS is a dynamic, interactive, and engaging youth-centered curriculum developing youth leaders in food systems change. Focused in Milwaukee and Madison, we aim for youth t... Read more

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February 18 - February 24
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    Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    02-21-2018

    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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