See You at MOSES
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a sponsor of the 29th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference Feb. 22-24, 2018 in La Crosse, Wis. More than 3,000 people are expected to gather for this popular conference, which features 66 workshops spanning all farming topics for beginning to experienced farmers. Eleven in-depth courses take place the Thursday prior […]
Agenda Announced- 2018 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
The fifth annual Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference “Investing in Your Farm’s Future” will be held February 27th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Stevens Point. Barry Fisher, Central Region Leader of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Soil Health Division will deliver the keynote address “Soil Health Principles: Using cover crops and reduced tillage to […]
Save the Date – 2018 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
The fifth annual Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference “Investing in Your Farm’s Future” will be held February 27 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Stevens Point. This conference is geared toward helping Wisconsin farmers more successfully use cover crops on their farms. There will be something for everyone, from farmer’s that have never tried cover […]
Fishermen Reflect on November Farmer-Fisherman Dinner, Plus a New Video, Radio Interview, AgriView article
-Ryan Bradley, Fisherman, and Director, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc., Long Beach, Mississippi, from a letter to the Sea Grant director who recommended him for our Farmer-Fisherman gathering in November in Wisconsin. “Thank you for considering me to take part in the trip to Wisconsin to meet with farmers and discuss the Gulf Dead Zone […]
Green Lands Blue Waters Conference a Success
The 2017 conference, co-sponsored by the Institute, was held in late November in Madison. This year’s theme was “continuous living cover: bridging the gaps with livestock” and participants enjoyed numerous related general and breakout presentations delivered by a range of speakers from farmers to researchers. Subthemes of continuous living cover included perennial forage, perennial grains, […]
“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. — […]
First Year Complete- Institute Investigating Economics of Cover Crop Use
MFAI works on this project, funded by a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) partnership program grant, evaluating the returns to cover crop use to help sell the practice to non-cover crop users without using cost-share programs.
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. […]
Join us for a fall walk through the fields and kettles on the Institute’s new organic transition farm
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon A SPECIAL FALL FIELD DAY PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY AND GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF LAND Jim Stute, Research Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, will guide the tour of the new research fields, conservation buffers, waterways, and pollinator habitat. This farm has been designed to decrease nutrient and soil run-off to as […]
2017 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference a Success
The 2017 conference, our fourth, was held on October 4th in Washington and Ozaukee Counties, near Wisconsin’s Eastern shore. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Role of Cover Crops in Soil and Water Quality”, chosen because the location falls in the Milwaukee River Watershed which is classified as impaired by the Environmental Protection […]
Cover Crop Field Day
Over 100 people showed up for a cover crops farm tour Monday, October 9, held on farms in Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed group, which MFAI sponsors. “I learned more today than at any event I can remember,” one workshop attendee told us. Whether it was the stunning morning sun backlighting John Middleton as he described […]
Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference 2017
A Tour Examining the Role of Cover Crops in Soil and Water Quality – Join us October 4, 2017 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in Jackson, WI. The conference will kick off at the Jackson Town Hall in Jackson, WI and will be followed with a tour that will include three different farmer sites, each with different demos and cover crop practices. Register today! […]
Farm Tour & Seafood, October 9, 2017
SAVE THE DATE – Monday, October 9, 2017, Wisconsin Conservation Farming with Gulf Seafood! Join Iowa County’s Uplands Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a farm tour followed by brats and seafood. Starts at 9 am […]
Weather, Climate Change and Agricultural Resiliency
The 2017 growing season has proven one of the most challenging in recent memory and portends things to come. Precipitation in particular has been highly variable, including periods of excess rainfall, waterlogged soils and now a prolonged dry spell. Agriculturally, results from this pattern were difficulty getting spring field done during brief 1 to 3-day […]
Day and Night
Working in our organic cornfields, I am constantly struck by how much life each acre sustains. I’m not talking about the upcoming harvest, I’m referring to the life that is here now. They are overflowing with biodiversity.
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 […]
April showers bring May showers, June showers, and July showers….
Wow! What a wet and rainy spring we had and what a wet and rainy summer we are having. The rain in May brought us many planting delays. Just as it was nearly dry enough to get into the field, it would rain yet again. The month of June brought us at least 6.75 inches […]
Every year, every season, brings its challenges. The spring greeted us with rain – lots of it. In the months of April and May we had a combined precipitation total of over 7 inches. Our area hasn’t seen that amount of spring rain in quite some time. The timing of the rain was especially irksome, […]
Institute Initiates New Project Examining Cover Crop Economics
In April, the Institute was awarded a USDA Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE) Partnership Program grant to evaluate the economics of cover crop use in no-till grain production. The project entitled “Do Cover Crops Pay? Expanding Learning Circle for Peer to Peer Cover Crop Promotion Using Economics as a Theme” will couple research and […]
Most Environmentally Friendly Project
The Nature Conservancy and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute won The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Most Environmentally Friendly Project Award 2016, for their Farmland Conservation/Water Protection Project. Read the Business Journal Article here
Spring is here!
After a busy winter of processing & analyzing corn samples and getting selections all packaged, labeled and organized; we are now entering a busy Spring. Many of those samples are being repackaged into planting envelopes and will soon be in the ground (planting planned for May).
MFAI Farm Conservation Project Nominated for Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Award
The project entitled Farmland Conservation through Land and Water Protection has been nominated in 3 categories: Most Environmentally Friendly Project, Best Public/Private Partnership, and Most Creative Deal of the Year. The award focuses on the best real estate deals and projects that were completed in 2016 within Milwaukee, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington […]
“Cover Crops in Wisconsin” Website Launched
The Wisconsin Cover Crop workgroup has launched a new website designed to be a clearinghouse for cover crop information in Wisconsin. We are a multi-agency group that conducts research and provides unbiased information to help farmers use cover crops to improve their production systems and minimize soil loss. Jim Stute, Research Director at the Institute […]