What does a just food system look like?
Assistant Policy Director Devon Hamilton was invited to attend the Good Food For All (GFFA) Conference in March hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists. They met in Washington DC, where Devon had the opportunity to meet with dozens of other food system leaders from across the country working on various different issues around a central […]
SARE/ATTRA 30th Anniversary Conference Draws Huge Crowds
Nearly 1,000 people attended the Our Farms, Our Future Conference April 3-5, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of both USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the ATTRA program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Topics from Soil Health to Beginning Farming and Ranching to food justice, to mainstreaming sustainable agriculture and conservation […]
It’s About the Dead Zone – And More
All of that rain went somewhere, about which Margaret Krome learned when she visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast March 7-8 and was shown around the local seafood industry by fisherman Ryan Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. In addition to eating spectacular seafood, Krome had a chance to visit an oyster plant […]
United States Farming Practices Survey – make your voice heard!
Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm. Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all […]
Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit
On February 21 and 22, MFAI’s Policy Program Director, Margaret Krome, joined watershed organizers, researchers, farmers, and agency leaders from states north to south along the length of the Mississippi River to explore strategies for creating programs that help farmers reduce the nutrient-rich runoff that’s creating the Dead Zone so harmful to marine life – […]
Conservation Stewardship Program
MFAI has long supported the USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program, a voluntary program that rewards farmers who are already practicing conservation and supports their doing even more, with payments. NRCS has announced that the 2018 deadline for farmers to submit new applications for CSP enrollment is March 2. A second deadline will be announced in a […]
Apply Now for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants
Farmers, groups and businesses involved in Wisconsin’s food industry who are seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for grants now available through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program. Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated more than $9.4 million in new local food […]
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 […]
National Conference Not to Miss, April 3-5, St. Louis, MO
Every decade, the national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program hosts a national anniversary conference, and 2018 is the 30th Anniversary year. SARE and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (whose project, ATTRA, is a resources many farmers depend on) are collaborating on the anniversary event, Our Farms, Our Future Conference, April 3-5 in […]
Celebrating Social and Ecological Justice Work in Wisconsin
Recently, our Assistant Policy Director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Devon Hamilton, was invited to present at the Tri-State Local Food Summit at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in South West Wisconsin. The summit was a day devoted to celebrating the social and ecological justice work done around the state and discovering the many ways food […]
Farmers, Fishermen, Michael Fields & Wisconsin Foodie
The big snowfall held off long enough on the evening of February 8 for a large gathering to enjoy a delicious reception of Gulf shrimp and Strauss Brands grassfed beef sliders and delicious mead from The Hive Taproom, East Troy’s soon-to-open meadery. We gathered to watch the Wisconsin Foodie episode on Wisconsin Public Television, featuring […]
We invite you to a Reception Premiering the WI Foodie Show “The Louisiana Connection”
Special Event Thursday, February 8th, 6:30 pm – Join us for an edifying and gratifying evening for the soul and taste buds! “The Louisiana Connection” – In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie they travel the Mississippi to examine the effects of farming runoff on fisheries in the Bayou. Margaret Krome of the Michael Fields Institute has been rallying […]
“Crop Insurance – Coming up!”
Crop Insurance for Diversified Farms – Whole Farm Revenue Protection Deadline for signups in Wisconsin and much of the Midwest is March 15, 2018. Southern states have earlier deadlines. For more information go to https://www.rma.usda.gov/policies/wfrp.html Crop Insurance for Organic Farming Systems Webinar, Friday, January 26th, 2:00 PM Central Now is the perfect time to think about crop […]
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 […]
How Michael Fields Ag Institute Plans to Plan…two Watersheds in Hilly SW Wisconsin
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is excited to be working with Iowa County’s Conservationist, Katie Abbot, as we embark on a 9-month long process of nutrient and erosion planning in two sub-watersheds within Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed, following the EPA’s Nine-Key-Element Planning process. In addition to Ms. Abbott, MFAI’s Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton will work […]
Hamilton Elected to Key National Role
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is happy to announce that our Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton, was recently elected to serve as a member of the Organizational Council, the governance body, of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. The Institute has worked closely with NSAC for three decades; we place a high priority on this relationship, because […]
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.