Register online here

Pastured Pork & Grass-fed Beef   February 4, 2017, 9 am – noon
Pastured pig management and grassfed beef can reliably produce outstanding pork & beef, differentiated by taste and nutritional value.
Instructor Steve Deibele and his wife Marie, have operated a small certified organic farm, Golden Bear Farm, since 2002 that produces grass-fed beef and pastured Berkshire hogs. He was formally trained as an electrical engineer, and brings an analytical perspective to the operation continually experimenting to improve systems.
Workshop Fee: $40    Sign up now!      Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.
Register online here

Opportunities with the Farm Service Agency (FSA)   February 9 & March 23, 2017, 6-7:30 pm
Spend the evening with Tom Oasen, Walworth County Executive Director of the FSA and learn about some of the Conservation programs, Disaster Assistance, Farm Loan Programs and more that FSA has available.
Workshop Fee: suggested donation $10
Register online here

Small Farm Business Planning February 11, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon
The Small Farm Business Planning workshop will focus more on beginning farmers. We’ll touch on many of the topics as the Farm Finances workshop but at a more basic level. We’ll also discuss setting up a recordkeeping system, preparing enterprise budgets, cash flow planning, calculating family living costs, and other topics that are more critical for a beginner.
Instructor Paul Dietmann is Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin. Paul leads the coop’s beginning farmer program and its Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who are marketing their products direct to consumers. Prior to joining the staff at Badgerland, Paul spent 16 years with the State of Wisconsin; eleven years as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.
Workshop Fee: $40     Sign up now!       Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.
Register online here

Workshops Location:
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
In The Big Brown Barn
W2493 County Rd ES
East Troy, WI 53120

For more info or questions contact the Workshops Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext 100 or email

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Whole Farm Workshops

Upcoming January and February 2017 Workshops.  Sign up now!

Farm Finances Workshop  January 21, 2017, 9 am – Noon
This workshop is geared toward a person already farming who wants to do a better job of understanding their financial strengths and vulnerabilities. We’ll talk about the three major financial statements: balance sheet; income statement; and statement of cash flows. We’ll discuss how to prepare and analyze all three using the farm’s Schedule F as the starting point. We’ll also discuss the difference between cash flow and profitability. Finally, we’ll touch on farm investment analysis.
Instructor Paul Dietmann is Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin. Paul leads the coop’s beginning farmer program and its Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who are marketing their products direct to consumers. Prior to joining the staff at Badgerland, Paul spent 16 years with the State of Wisconsin; eleven years as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.
Workshop Fee: $40      Sign up now!      Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.
Register online here

Pastured Pork & Grass-fed Beef   February 4, 2017, 9 am – noon
Pastured pig management and grassfed beef can reliably produce outstanding pork & beef, differentiated by taste and nutritional value.
Instructor Steve Deibele and his wife Marie, have operated a small certified organic farm, Golden Bear Farm, since 2002 that produces grass-fed beef and pastured Berkshire hogs. He was formally trained as an electrical engineer, and brings an analytical perspective to the operation continually experimenting to improve systems.
Workshop Fee: $40    Sign up now!      Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.
Register online here

Opportunities with the Farm Service Agency (FSA)   February 9 & March 23, 2017, 6-7:30 pm
Spend the evening with Tom Oasen, Walworth County Executive Director of the FSA and learn about some of the Conservation programs, Disaster Assistance, Farm Loan Programs and more that FSA has available.
Workshop Fee: suggested donation $10
Register online here

Small Farm Business Planning February 11, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon
The Small Farm Business Planning workshop will focus more on beginning farmers. We’ll touch on many of the topics as the Farm Finances workshop but at a more basic level. We’ll also discuss setting up a recordkeeping system, preparing enterprise budgets, cash flow planning, calculating family living costs, and other topics that are more critical for a beginner.
Instructor Paul Dietmann is Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin. Paul leads the coop’s beginning farmer program and its Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who are marketing their products direct to consumers. Prior to joining the staff at Badgerland, Paul spent 16 years with the State of Wisconsin; eleven years as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.
Workshop Fee: $40     Sign up now!       Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.
Register online here

Workshops Location:
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
In The Big Brown Barn
W2493 County Rd ES
East Troy, WI 53120

For more info or questions contact the Workshops Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext 100 or email