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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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Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference Scheduled for April 30

Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host the annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year’s conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters to consumers. Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Temple Grandin, world-renown animal behavior specialist. Dr. Grandin will be addressing livestock production with a presentation entitled, Biological Systems Overload—Looking at Optimal Production, Not Maximum Production. In addition, Dr. Dee Griffin who is widely known as a pioneer in Beef Quality Assurance will be speaking on how proper animal care is not only good for animals, it’s good for all of us.

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 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Announced

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting new applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farm and forest landowners may apply by February 27 for possible 2015 funding. CSP encourages agricultural producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations.

Applications can be made at any time at all USDA Service Centers, but only applications received by February 27 will be ranked for funding in 2015. The program is open to all farmers, regardless of size or type of operation.

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UW-Extension Cattle Feeders Clinics slated for Feb. 9 – 12 around the state

Sparta, Wis. – The last few years, have had cattle feeders see record high cattle prices and continued volatility in the grain markets. Wisconsin cattle feeders who are seeking information on managing price risk, determining when to market fed cattle from an optimum profit perspective and getting their feeders off to a good start should attend this year’s cattle feeder clinics.

Cattle prices are still at record highs, but how long will they stay there? It is hard to tell. Brenda Boetel, University of Wisconsin-Extension livestock and grain marketing specialist will present information on risk management tools that cattle feeders can use to put in price floors to protect help reduce their risk on cattle they currently have on feed. Dr. Boetel will also present a market outlook and update on what the current information is suggesting.

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