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Location: University Club, UW-Madison

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

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CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

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Market Farm Madness is back!

Our NCAA-style Market Farm Madness Tournament is the perfect diversion for people who love cool farming tools. We've created a bracket with 64 different tools. Now we all get to vote for our favorites so that we can thin the field down to a champion. Each round will involve voting via an on-line survey form. more

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Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am

Location: Spring Green, WI

Posted June 2018

9:20am: Stapleton Grain and Hay Farm, 5952 County Road Z, Spring Green, WI

10:45am: Cates Grass-fed Beef Farm, 5992 County Road T, Spring Green, WI

Farm tours will be followed by lunch at the Cates Farm, compliments of the Uplands Watershed Group

Come discuss practices that are useful for your farm and help water infiltrate your soil. See no-till drilling, cover crops and managed pasture systems that conserve soil and nutrients. Look inside a soil pit and see in-field soil testing. Then enjoy burgers and seafood caught by fishermen in the Gulf, whose challenges with nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Dead Zone we seek to help through our conservation practices. Hear Gulf fisherman Lance Naclo explain why it matters.

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Questions? Contact Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute: (608) 283-1440, mkrome@sbcglobal,net
or Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension: (608) 930-9850