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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


MARKET FARM MADNESS

Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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2019 Organic Vegetable Production Conference

Date: February 1-2, 2019

Location: Aliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

Posted December 2018

This producer-initiated conference is built around farmer-to-farmer skill sharing and attracts experienced growers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and beyond. Farmer panelists representing small-, mid- and large-scale operations will cover technical production information on garlic, onions, peppers and one-cut salad heads. Management topics include vegetable no-till, greenhouse management, training and retaining labor, and variety selection. Detailed handouts provide an invaluable resource long after the conference ends. New this year will be summaries of farm employee compensation and variety data collected through optional participant surveys

Presenters include:

Mike Bollinger of River Root Farm (IA) on greenhouse management
Cindy Keene of Keene Organics Garlic (WI) on garlic
Ray Taylor of Rosecreek Farms (TN) on one-cut salad heads
Nate Parks of Silverthorn Farm (IN) on onions
Dan Fillius of Featherstone Farm (MN) on peppers
Chris McGuire of Two Onion Farm (WI) on exploring vegetable no-till
And many more!

Visit the conference website for more information!