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Women Farmland Owners Invited to Free Conservation Workshops

Women who own or manage farmland in Wisconsin are invited to a free workshop in May to support female landowners in learning about conservation practices and building local connections. Women Caring For the Land is an innovative program facilitated by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN). It brings together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format that enables these land owners to meet with female conservation professionals to discuss their goals for improving air, water and soil quality on the land they own and to engage in different activities that teach conservation principles.

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UW-Madison Saddle & Sirloin Badger Bonanza Lamb Show

Mark your calendar for this year’s Badger Bonanza Lamb Show on Sunday, May 3, 2015! This event will again be a double-header show that will take place at the Arlington Public Events Center (N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, WI 53911). Entry forms and more information will be available online at www.uwsaddleandsirloin.com beginning April 6, 2015.

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2015 Youth Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Course scheduled for April

UW-Extension will sponsor the Tractor& Machinery Safety Course for youth ages 12-16 at the Resource Center in Antigo in April 2015. The course includes classroom safety instruction for tractors and farm machinery operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge, and how to approach farm safety with a positive attitude. In addition, the course is designed for youth ages 14-15 that need the federal certificate of training for employment on farms, youth ages 12-16 who will be operating tractors or self-propelled farm machinery on public roads for their own family, and youths interested in tractor and machinery safety. Participants must attend the full 24 hours of instruction to be certified.

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Tile Drainage on Agricultural Lands Workshop March 3 in De Pere

Whether you have farms considering tiling for the first time, adding to an existing field or experiencing blowouts and other challenges, this workshop will empower them to more fully understand how drainage systems work and how planning ahead is the difference between improving crop yields and an expensive failure.

Topics covered include: Drainage water management, Locating Older Drainage Systems, Nutrients—Managing N losses, Panel discussions: Regulatory questions and Making your drainage successful

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WI First Detector Network Now enrolling for 2015!

Invasive species are expanding throughout the state of Wisconsin each year. While these species are often overlooked, they are impacting our state’s economy, environment, and even human health. Wisconsin’s First Detector Network (WIFDN) was established in 2014 to train citizen scientists help prevent these impacts by looking for and reporting invasive species. In the inaugural year we trained over 100 people that contributed over 700 hours towards this effort.

In 2015 we are seeking additional members to train (existing members can participate for free).

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Cattle Feedlot Design & Management Options meeting scheduled in Portage County for February 27

Cattle feeders face many challenges in day-to-day operations. Volatility in grain and cattle markets creates uncertainty in purchasing and marketing capacities. Wisconsin cattle feeders that are seeking information on marketing cattle at the right time or are interested in improving their cattle housing and feeding facilities should attend this year’s cattle feedlot design and management options meeting. The meeting will be hosted at the Portage County Annex Building at 1462 Strongs Avenue in Stevens Point on February 27. Registration will be at 9 am and the program will start at 9:30 am.

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6th Annual Seminar for Barley, Hops, and Brewing scheduled for March

Alma, Wis. – Brewing is one of Wisconsin’s honored traditions. With a rich crop industry, Wisconsin growers have explored the benefits of growing a unique and challenging crop like hops. University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting a hop production seminar to advance the brewing tradition in Wisconsin on March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Bloomer, Wisconsin.

New or interested commercial growers with basic information on hop yard design, irrigation, harvesting, and disease control are encouraged to attend. The program also includes facilitated discussions on the marketing and economics of hops.

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Midwest School for Beginning Grape Growers

The University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Wisconsin Grape Growers Association and the IPM Institute of North America are hosting a three-day intensive school for beginning grape growers in the Midwest.

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Annie’s Project Financial Management Workshop scheduled for February and March

Medford, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Extension Rusk and Taylor Counties are hosting a two day Annie’s Project on Farm Financial Management. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jump River Community Center in Jump River, Wisconsin.

This workshop series is for farm women who are interested in learning or improving their farm financial management, which is part of the fabric of farm life. The series will be inter-active between speakers and participants with in-class exercises.

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