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Financial Support for Farmers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently announced that the Wisconsin Farm Support Program is open for applications! The progr... Read more

MFAI Tells State: “Investing in Soil Health Can Help Farmers and Save State Money”

In late July, Michael Fields sent a letter to the Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Climate Change... Read more

MFAI to Start KernzaⓇ Research

MFAI is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program for perennial crop development efforts (see USDA's a... Read more

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers and Consumers

Hello Michael Fields Community, We’re hoping that you and your family are doing well during this increasingly tough time. The COVID-19 pandemic is touching nearly every part of our live... Read more

MFAI main office closed to the public at this time.

During the current COVID-19 public health crisis the Michael Fields Agriculture Institutes main office will be closed to the public. We will respond to your phone calls, e-mails, texts and electron... Read more

Conservation Roadtrip

The Uplands Virtual Conservation Roadtrip is a collaborative project between Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and farmers in the Iowa Co... Read more

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

Introducing the New Uplands Watershed Group Website

Interested in learning more about the incredible work being done by the members of the Iowa County Uplands Watershed Group? Visit our new website at ww... Read more

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Upcoming events

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October
  • 04

    2017 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

    9:00 am-4:30 pm
    10-04-2017
    2500 Division Rd, Jackson, WI 53037, USA

    The Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference will take place October 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    in 
    Jackson, Wisconsin.

    This year’s conference will be featuring Dr. Jamie Patton, Shawano County UW-Extension on “Cover Crops and Soil Health”.  On-farm demonstrations will include:  Cover Crops After Wheat, Inter-seeding Cover Crops in Corn, and Low Disturbance Manure Injection into Cover Crops. This conference is sponsored by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Sheboygan County UW–Extension , Washington and Ozaukee County Land Conservation Departments, Clean Farm Families, and Cedar Creek Farmers.

    Click here to register online.

  • 09

    Cover Crops Farm Tour & Seafood

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    10-09-2017
    Spring Green, WI 53588, USA

    Wisconsin Conservation Farming with Gulf Seafood!

    Join Iowa County’s Uplands Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a farm tour followed by brats and seafood

    9:00 am Fazenda Boa Terra produce farm (Lidida Dunge and John Middleton), 6580 State Rd 23, Spring Green
    10:00 am Michael Dolan’s cover crops, State Rd 23
    10:45 am Uplands Cheese dairy farm (Scott & Liana Mericka and Andy & Caitlin Hatch), 5023 State Rd 23 N, Dodgeville

    Farm tour followed by lunch at Uplands Cheese Farm

    Come discuss cover crop practices for fresh market produce, grain and dairy systems. See no-till drilling, irrigation, manure management, and other strategies to conserve soil and nutrients.

    Then enjoy brats, 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.

    REGISTER ONLINE HERE   There is no fee, but please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 5th

    For more information, contact: Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, 608-238-1440
    or Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension, 608-930-9850

  • 21

    Food Writing on the Farm - CANCELLED

    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    10-21-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    This workshop has been CANCELLED

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

    Food is rooted in a sense of place. What better place to explore this at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy WI? Nationally published food writer Kristine Hansen, who has written for Cooking Light, Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Vogue.com and Fodors.com, leads this day-long food-writing intensive. The Mindful Palate owner Annie Wegner LeFort’s delicious locally sourced cuisine will keep our writing minds fueled. Whether you want to launch a food-writing career, take it to the next level, or indulge in a creative-writing retreat, why don’t you join us?

    Included in the day:
    -four hour-long workshops
    -contact info for paying markets and other opportunities
    -one-on-one meetings with Kristine (first 10 who sign up)
    -multi-course, farm-to-table lunch (Winter Squash and Kale Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette, Curried Green Tomato Soup, Adventure Bread, and Chinese 5-Spice Apple Galette.)
    -morning and afternoon snacks (Sage and Cranberry Scones (AM), Protein Punched Granola Bars (PM))
    -coffee and tea all day long
    -opportunity to explore the farm during harvest

    For more information contact:
    Annie: awl@mindfulpalatemke.com
    Kristine: kristinehansenwriter@gmail.com