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Financial Support for Farmers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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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

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

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Upcoming events

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    Novel Covers & Crops for Organic Agriculture Virtual Field Day

    12:00 am

    Agenda with Topics and Q&A time:
    1:00 – 1:05 pm  Introduction
    MFAI Research Farm Tour
    1:05 – 1:25 pm Soybean + Rye Interseeding Trial
    1:25 – 1:40 pm Q&A
    1:40 – 2:00 pm Grain Hemp Trial
    2:00 – 2:15 pm Q&A
    2:15 – 2:35 pm Summer Cover Crops Trial
    2:35 – 2:50 pm Q&A
    2:50 – 3:00 pm Concluding Remarks & Adjourn

    Nicole Tautges, PhD, MFAI Agroecologist: Nicole grew up in Southeastern WI, receiving B.S. degrees in Agronomy and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Crop Science at Washington State University, where she investigated agronomic and soil fertility management in organic wheat systems. She spent a year at the University of Minnesota, working on Kernza nutrient management and intercropping with legumes, then to UC Davis, where she worked on soil health in processing tomato systems. Nicole’s research revolves around crop rotational design and intercropping approaches to optimize nutrient cycling, soil fertility, and weed suppression in organic systems through livestock grazing, use of manure and composts, and rotation with annual and perennial forage crops.
    Esther Shekinah, PhD, MFAI Agronomist: Esther earned her M.S. and Doctorate degrees in Agronomy from India and comes to the organization with more than 15 years of experience as an agricultural research scientist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. During her time at the ICAR, she worked on resource and residue recycling in agricultural systems. Later, working at ICAR – Sugarcane Breeding Institute as a Senior Scientist, focused on conservation and sustainable use of resources, micro irrigation, and sugarcane physiology. She is passionate about the cause of sustainable agriculture, and engages herself in ways and means for conservation of resources, diversity in cropping systems, supporting women in agriculture, and organic agriculture.

    Registration is required. Please register online to reserve your spot and to gain access to materials Register Online HERE

    The Field Day Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants Tuesday, August 4th. Watch your inbox! On Wed, August 5th, click the Zoom link a few minutes prior to the 1 pm start time (CST) to join the virtual field day. You may need to install Zoom (if you don’t already have it, Zoom will walk you through the easy process). See you then!