National Survey of Attitudes About Crop Insurance
The 2014 Farm Bill greatly increased access to crop insurance for diversified, organic, and specialty crop growers, but so far only a small percentage of those who are eligible have taken advantage of these new opportunities. Please give your input and share the link with all who may be interested.
Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Applications Now Available
Groups of Wisconsin farmers can now apply for the Producer-Led Watershed Protection grants for 2018. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 3. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will award grants to producer-led groups that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields and farmsteads. Each group is […]
Green Lands, Blue Waters Conference
Plan to attend the 2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference on November 28-29th at the UW-Madison Pyle Center! The Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, farmers, and citizens to come together around the challenge of helping agriculture build soils and improve water quality in the Mississippi River […]
Farm Law Tip Sheets
In mid-June, MFAI’s Policy Program Director, Margaret Krome, participated in one of Farm Commons’ excellent Farm Law 101 for Ag Professionals workshops. With funding support from the federal Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Farm Commons, has written and posted a series of excellent tip sheets about a wide variety of topics […]
Food Systems Course
On Monday evening, August 21, MFAI’s Policy Director, Margaret Krome, gave the second talk of the Food Systems series sponsored by Groundwork Milwaukee and Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center (UEC) at 1500 E Park Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Entitled Knee Bone Connected to the Thigh Bone – Food Systems Policy, Krome engaged the audience in describing parts of a food […]
Knee Bone Connected to the Thigh Bone – Food Systems Series
On Monday, August 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., MFAI’s Policy Director, Margaret Krome, will be a guest speaker at Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center (UEC) at 1500 E Park Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Entitled, “Knee bone connected to the thigh bone – Food systems policy,” Margaret’s talk is part of a Food Systems series sponsored […]
Upcoming Grant-writing Workshops
We are pleased to again collaborate with our partners* to present four all-day grant-writing workshops around the state – all in October this year. We will post the flyer with more details about times and specific locations in next month’s Fields Report, but you can save the date for the following general locations: Ashland/Bayfield – […]
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition meets in Wisconsin
Over 120 members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition came to the lovely city of Madison in the lovely state of Wisconsin for its 2017 Summer Meeting, August 6-9. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, […]
MFAI Joins O-GRAIN for Small Grains Field Day July 21
2017 Organic Field Day: Diversified Organic Grain Rotations Friday July 21st, 2017 –9AM-2:30PM Bickford Organics 6346 Reed Road Ridgeway, Wis. 53582 This FREE OGRAIN field day includes tours of 2 farms and a free lunch. Learn about: • Large scale small grain production, processing, and marketing • On-farm grain storage 101 • Farming for water […]
“Science & Civics: GMOs in Wisconsin” Panel Discussion
Monday, July 24, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Discovery Building 330 North Orchard Street Madison, WI 53715 There is an impassioned public controversy surrounding GMOs—and much confusion. The topic is especially relevant in Wisconsin…
Michael Fields takes GULFS into the Classroom!
MFAI’s Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton, spent three recent weeks piloting lessons from MFAI’s GULFS (Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems) curriculum with the PEOPLE Program, a pre-collegiate and college scholarship organization based at UW-Madison. Each summer, middle and high school students from Madison, Milwaukee, and various other cities involved in the program leave home […]
NCR-SARE Announces 2017 Heroes
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant of Greenview, Illinois, Ferd Hoefner of Takoma Park, Maryland, and Margaret Krome of Madison, Wisconsin are being honored as 2017 NCR-SARE Heroes. Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in sustainable agriculture.