EVENTS

Whose Food, Whose Land? Conversation on Global Food Sovereignty

Date: November 12, 2019, 7-8:30pm
Location: DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW-Madison
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Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

Date: November 19-20, 2019
Location: Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis
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Savanna Institute’s Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 6-7, 2019
Location: Sinsinawa Mound Center, Dubuque, IA
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SUCCESS STORIES

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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Grant Programs and Financial Options for Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs: Marshfield

Date: September 17, 2019

Location: Marshfield Ag Research Station

Posted August 2019

Are you looking for ways to develop your innovative agricultural business? Can farmers improve profit by capturing more from the consumer? Is expanding the farm the only opportunity to increase farm income to bring in family members? Join us for a workshop designed to help you identify whether grants or other financial options might be right for you. This workshop will discuss when grants make sense and cover ways to plan your project and strengthen your application.

Specific grant programs to be covered include:

  • USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, which provides planning and working capital funds to farmers and farmer-based enterprises to develop and implement value-added ventures
  • USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant program, which funds research, and education projects that advance sustainable agriculture
  • USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program, which funds endeavors that enhance the competitiveness of Wisconsin Specialty Crops
  • Wisconsin’s Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) grant program, which funds projects that increase the demand for and supply of locally produced foods in Wisconsin
  • Other programs, including Wisconsin’s Farmer-led Watershed grants
  • In addition, the workshop will briefly cover USDA cost-share and loan programs for farmers.

Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, September 17th – Central WI – Marshfield, WI
To register, visit: http://bit.ly/Aggrants, call (715) 261 – 1230 x 2 or email heather.schlesser@wisc.edu. Early-bird registration closes Sept. 10th.

Thursday, September 26th – Southern WI – Dodgeville, WI
To register, call 608-930-9850 or email barry.hottmann@wisc.edu or gene.schriefer@wisc.edu. Early-bird registration closes Sept. 19th.

Download the event flyer

The $15 registration fee includes lunch and materials. A limited number of scholarships are available if the cost of registration is a barrier. For more information contact:
Diane Mayerfeld, UW-Extension
dbmayerfeld@wisc.edu or (608) 262-8188

The workshops are sponsored by UW-Extension, USDA, DATCP, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.