Dick Cates is a farmer raising beef cattle in the Spring Green area. Or is he???
Please join CIAS for a celebration of Dick Cates and his 23 years of service to the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. During his time as director of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, senior lecturer in the Department of Soil Science and interim Farm and Industry Short Course director, Dick educated and mentored beginning farmers, promoted land stewardship through managed grazing, and led sustainable agriculture efforts across Wisconsin.
Dick’s retirement party will be on Thursday, November 1st from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Jackson-Tanner Commons on the third floor of the Soil Science Building, 1525 Observatory Dr. The nearest parking ramp is the Observatory Dr. Ramp (lot 36). Check the campus map for building location and parking options.
Refreshments will be served.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Thank you!
Join other dairy farmers and coops on August 13 to advance solutions to the dairy crisis. There is a bus leaving from Wisconsin, full of dairy farmers. The bus will stop along the way for media opportunities and to pick up attendees in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
More details on Agrimark’s event page:
The conference is only weeks away. We look forward to working with you to transform agriculture! For more information, go to: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1107063766792&ca=4496db98-96d9-495b-a58a-295257cca12a
Were any of you part of the Driftless Bioregional Network? This is page one of a newsletter that went out in early 1984. Note the Viroqua address. I would love to hear stories…
Erika Inwald, the National Coordinator of the Domestic Fair Trade Association is seeking our assistance. As part of her Master’s program at New York University, she is working on a research project about farms that are structured as worker cooperatives. She would like develop a list of these kinds of farms and conduct interviews with the owners. She has asked for our help in identifying these farms.
To facilitate our input she developed a simple google survey:
“My goal with the questionnaire is to identify more people to talk to about this subject and identify more worker co-op farms that might exist.”
Join Iowa County’s Uplands Farmer-led watershed group for a cover crops farm tour and seafood lunch
- 9am Fazenda Boa Terra produce farm (Lidia Dungue and John Middleton) 6580 State Rd 23, Spring Green
- 10:15am Walk to Michael Dollans’ inter-seeded cover crops, State Rd 23
- 11:15am Uplands Cheese dairy farm (Scott and Illana Mericka and Andy and Caitlin Hatch), 5023 State Rd 23 N, Dodgeville
The farm tour will be followed by lunch at Uplands Cheese Farm.
Come discuss cover crop practices for fresh market produce, grain and dairy systems. See no-till drilling irrigation, manure management, and other strategies to conserve soil and nutrients. Then enjoy brats and seafood caught by fishermen in the Gulf – whose challenges with nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Gulf Dead Zone we seek to help through out conservation practices.
There is no fee, but please RSVP by Thursday, October 5 at http://bit.ly/covercroptourlunch or contacting Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (608) 283-1440, firstname.lastname@example.org or Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension (608) 930-9850.
Co-sponsored by: MFAI, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, Iowa County Farm Bureau, Iowa County Land Conservation Department, The McKnight Foundation, MOSES, Organic Valley, Savanna Institute, Southwest Badger RC&D, UW Extension, DATCP, UW-CIAS
Are you looking for an easy way to celebrate Farm to School Month, support your local farmers, and have a good reason to party?! Look no further than the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on Thursday, October 12. This fun, easy, and flexible event encourages you to purchase local apples and ‘Crunch’ into them at the same time with over one million other Crunchers across the region. We already have 250,000 Crunchers registered at over 700 different sites in Wisconsin, and we hope that you will join us! Register today to help us keep track of our #OneMillionCrunch goal. When you register you get a copy of the Crunch Guide to help you source local apples and plan your event, and you can get FREE CRUNCH STICKERS (sticker deadline October 2)! Everyone at K-12 schools, early care centers, farms, hospitals, agencies, offices, non-profits and more is encouraged to participate. Find more information and registration at the links below, or contact Vanessa Herald (email@example.com) with any questions.
Website & Registration: www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/greatlakesgreatapplecrunch
Ever thought about morphing into an employee-owned business or a worker coop? This workshop is for you.
April 20, 2017
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
An estimated 70% of private businesses will change hands over the next two decades, many as a result of retiring baby boomers. Who will take over these businesses and will they remain in their communities?
Attend this workshop presented by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives to learn about employee ownership as an effective method for keeping businesses, jobs, and wealth in local communities.
- Real benefits of employee ownership in both rural and urban settings
- Employee ownership basics: worker cooperatives and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)
- Practical steps in the conversion process: stories of existing employee owned business
- Strategies for capitalizing conversion deals
- Resources available to business owners who are exploring employee ownership
- Bonus! Employee ownership experts will be available for short, one-on-one consultations with business owners interested in employee ownership.
Who Should Attend?
- Business owners interested to learn about employee ownership
- Community and economic development professionals
- Small Business Development Centers
- Chambers of commerce
- Local and regional policymakers
$99 per participant, includes workshop materials, one consultation, breakfast, lunch, and parking
April 20, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Landmark Services Cooperative
1401 Landmark Drive
Cottage Grove, WI 53727
Cooperative Development Spec.
UW Center for Cooperatives
For more details on the agenda, speakers and program go to the website at http://uwcc.wisc.edu/outreach/EmployeeOwnership.aspx