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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

Urgent, Simple Action for Farmers to Stop Climate Change

Farmers across the Midwest went to the mat with climate change this year, from a cold and wet spring that slowed or prevented planting, to severe storms that damaged fields and roads, to a soggy fall ... 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

Cover Crop Options for Prevented Plant Acres

Conversations with farmers, crop consultants and crop insurance providers lead us to the conclusion that prevented plant will be claimed on significant acreage in 2019, especially since the full cover... 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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April
  • 06

    Culture and Cheese Class

    9:00 am-5:00 pm
    04-06-2019
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    Saturday, April 6th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    A hands-on, comprehensive, “How to” deal with milk class instructed by expert Linda Conroy.  This all-day class will go through the process of making several cultured milk products and simple cheese using organic milk from Grassway Organics.

    The day will begin 9 a.m. sharp at Grassway Organics, W2716 Friemoth Rd. East Troy, WI, with a dairy tour and picking up milk and tools for the class.  The class portion will be held at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute at 10 a.m.  Lunch is included as well as many samples of products made & discussed in class.  The cost is $95.  Click here to register or for more information call 920.894.4201

  • 18

    Industrial Hemp Production Webinar Series #1

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    04-18-2019

    Please join UW Extension, DATCP, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for the first in a series of webinars on industrial hemp production.

    While serious interest about industrial hemp production exists across the state from all types of growers and producers, there has been limited information available to farmers on agronomic production methods.

    The webinar will start with a discussion by DATCP on the ever-evolving legal regulations for production. Then presenters will lay out the agronomic basics for grain and fiber hemp separately from CBD hemp, with more of a focus placed on field prep and planting so growers can get as much information as possible before they put plants in the ground.

    Time for questions will be allotted at the end of each presentation as well an hour at the end of the webinar for continued and general questions.

    No registration is required, simply follow the link below to join the webinar. A recording will be made available to the public.

    AGENDA
    9:00-10am – DATCP Rules and Licensing – Melody Walker and Brenda Von Rueden, DATCP
    10-11am Grain and fiber hemp production – Bryan Parr, Legacy Hemp
    11-12pm – CBD hemp production – Shelby Ellison, UW Horticulture and Leah Sandler, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    12-12:10 – UW research program plans for 2019 – Rodrigo Werle, UW Agronomy
    12:10-1pm – Open Q&A for participants with all presenters

    CONNECTION INFORMATION
    Please click the link to join the webinar: https://uwextension.zoom.us/j/968147072
    Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1-646-558-8656 or +1-669-900-6833
    Webinar ID: 968 147 072