MFAI’s Hamilton Shares Policy Insights With UW Students
Devon Hamilton, MFAI’s Policy Associate, recently visited UW Madison’s campus to speak with Dr. Monica White’s class about his experiences during and after college and his current work with MFAI. The group had a very productive conversation around community engagement and the many different intersections the food system has within our work and personal lives. […]
“Keep your soil. Keep your money.”
That clever slogan is from a watershed group in Barron County. Farmers in the Uplands Watershed group also were interested that the Farmers for Lake Country had created road signs recognizing members of the group. Discovery Farms discussed setting up on-farm data gathering, starting with, “Know why you want to gather the data, what you’re […]
Who Speaks for the Soil? The Water?
The threat of global warming, climate change, and food insecurity is real and threatens resources for future generations. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has undertaken these challenges, and we ask you to join us in supporting farmers adapting to changing environments and transitioning to sustainable farming systems. Sustainability is the peace policy of the future. — […]
Gulf Fishermen Toast Wisconsin’s Uplands Farmers For Protecting Their Fisheries
Eighty five farmers, fishermen, agency, business, University, and non-profit group supporters – all enthusiastic eaters – gathered near Dodgeville in Southwest Wisconsin last Thursday evening, November 16, to celebrate farming conservation practices of Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed Group in Southwest Wisconsin. The evening highlighted stories of nine people affected by the Dead Zone in the […]
Green Lands, Blue Waters Conference
Are you concerned about farming systems, water quality and soil health in the Upper Mississippi watershed and beyond? Join the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference on November 28 and 29 at the UW Pyle Center in Madison.
Wisconsin Poised to Legalize Industrial Hemp
Wisconsin seems ready to join 30 other states that have already legalized industrial hemp. The Senate unanimously approved the industrial hemp Senate Bill (SB) 119 and sent it over to the Assembly. On Thursday, November 10th, the Assembly approved the bill and the next step would be for Governor Walker to sign it into law. […]
Help Influence Crop Insurance Policies and Earn $20
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.
GULFS November Outreach
With the growing season coming to a close, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton has kept busy with continuing outreach and youth education at Badger Rock Middle School around food system issues included in the scope of the GULFS program curriculum.
Shaking the Federal Money Tree: MFAI Educates and Helps with Grant-writing
At the dynamic Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) 20th anniversary conference in Madison, November 3-5, MFAI’s Margaret Krome presented a workshop on how to design sound projects, where to find federal (and non-federal) funding to support sustainable agriculture projects, and the basics of grant-writing. Participants gave the workshop a big thumbs-up.
Alas, Yes, Even in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement
One of the most disturbing and important insights about the sustainable agriculture movement – and women’s role in it – that emerged from the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) conference last weekend was brought to light in a workshop about strategies for managing a farm after a marital or long-term personal relationship with a […]
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 […]
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.
MFAI Supports USDA’s Rural Development Programs
Michael Fields is one of now nearly 600 groups nationally that have signed a letter to House and Senate appropriators, urging them to reject the Trump Administration’s plan to remove the position of Undersecretary for Rural Development as part of the USDA reorganization. The letter also urges appropriators to leave funding for USDA’s rural development […]
A Really Valuable Day
On May 25, the Institute coordinated a farm tour for the Iowa County Farmer-Led Watershed group on two Spring Green area farms featuring managed grazing. The weather having been cool and rainy for days, a large number of farmers were among the 130 attendees. Beginning at the Butler Family Farm, Ann and David Zimrin demonstrated […]
Farm Tour and Seafood – May 25th in Spring Green
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Wisconsin Conservation Farming With Gulf Seafood! Join Iowa County’s Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a Tour of 2 grazing farms followed by brats and seafood. The first tour, 9:30 a.m., at Butler Family Farm (Ann and David Zimrin), 5044 Wiest Rd, Spring Green WI. The second tour, 11:30 a.m., at Hillside Pastures […]
A Trip to the Bayou – Fishermen and Farmers Bond Over Seafood and Nutrients
The Institute’s Policy Director, Margaret Krome, says she never ate so much delicious seafood in her life. With eleven others – farmers, cameramen, and reporters – Krome traveled to the bayous of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana in late March to reciprocate a visit to Southwest Wisconsin last September from three fishermen families. They had come up […]
Leadership and Service Award to MFAI’s Devon Hamilton
The Harvey Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards for Leadership, Service and Scholarship has announced that MFAI’s own Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton, will be one of its 2017 awardees. Named after a 1948 graduate of UW-Madison, these awards recognize students who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the University and/or the surrounding communities while […]