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Industrial Hemp Production Field Day

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Join us for an edifying and unique dining experience!

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm    There are a few seats left! Get your tickets today! Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and local beer in the Institute's beautiful B... 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

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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)

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    Farm Tour: Keeping Water in our Soil

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    07-27-2018
    5952 Co Rd Z, Spring Green, WI 53588, USA

    Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

    9:20 am Stapleton Grain and Hay Farm
    5952 County Rd Z, Spring Green WI  53588

    10:45 am Cates Grass-fed Beef Farm
    5992 County Rd T, Spring Green WI  53588

    The farm tour will be followed by lunch at the Cates Farm, compliments of the Uplands Watershed Group.

    Come discuss practices that are useful for your farm and that help water infiltrate into your soil. See no-till drilling, cover crops and managed pasture systems that conserve soil and nutrients. Look inside a soil pit and see in-field soil texts conducted.

    Then enjoy burgers, plus seafood caught by fishermen in the Gulf – whose challenges with nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Gulf Dead Zone we seek to help through our conservation practices. Hear Gulf fisherman Lance Nacio explain why it matters.

    There is no fee, but thank you for RSVPing.   RSVP online here

    ~FOR A PRINTABLE FLYER CLICK HERE~

    For questions, contact:
    Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (608)283-1440, mkrome@sbcglobal.net
    or Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension (608)930-9850