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.
Want to learn about
WINE and WINEMAKING?
University of Wisconsin – Madison HORT 375.001-Discovering the World of Wines and Vines (21+ only; 2 credits)
Moore Hall room 128 MW 5:00-7:30 pm
Open to students and the general public!
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
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
Have you ever thought about adding value to the milk you produce on your farm? This May, join with other farmers to learn about value-added dairy, including visits to retails that specialize in specialty cheeses, and visits to farms that are making cheese and ice cream from their milk. Cow, sheep and goat milk dairies and cheese makers are featured, especially those producing artisan and raw milk cheeses from grass-fed animals.
This is three full days of on-site expert introduction to value-added dairy. The event fee of $695 includes:
- 3 farm visits,
- 3 processor visits,
- 5 retailer visits,
- 5 seminars with industry experts,
- 3 lunches,
- ground transportation to visits,
- Translation to Spanish.
There are also optional cheese making opportunities on Thursday May 4.
- Option one – make cheese with an award-winning cheese maker in a small factory setting. $425.
- Option two – make cottage cheese with professionals from the University of Wisconsin. $525.
The event runs Monday May 1 at 8 am to Wednesday May 3 at 3:30. Seminars are offered in Madison, WI and tours are concentrated in the Fox Valley.
Register at https://fs3.formsite.com/8onTH0/form1/index.html
For more details on the program, go to http://globalcow.com/making-more-from-milk/
Contact Karen@globaldairyoutreach.com to register. 866-267-2879
AppleTalk: Where Apple Growers Share IPM Ideas Now is the time to register for AppleTalk.
We have scheduled a special AppleTalk call with Amaya Atucha, University of Wisconsin Horticulture, to discuss tree phenology and winter injury, breaking dormancy, and nutrition needs for trees. We will also discuss green tip disease management on this call. Unlike our regular Tuesday calls, this call will be on Friday, March 31, to align with Amaya’s availability. The regular AppleTalk season will begin sometime in late April on our regular Tuesday schedule.
What’s new for 2017?
- 18 conference calls to accommodate a longer season.
- Registration is now online.
- AppleTalk podcast. We need your help on this one. The available conference-call services offer either a stream that requires a flash player (not smart phone compatible) or generates a large media file which has to be downloaded. Both of these options are not friendly for smart phones. We are investigating low-cost opportunities that could allow us to take the downloaded file and turn it into a podcast that could be streamed or downloaded. This is not our area of expertise and if you know of a good program or have some ideas, let us know! This seems to be an area where the conference-call technology has not caught up with the times.
- 2017 fees are set at $150. When AppleTalk began in 2006 it was sustained through several major grants from the US EPA and USDA. Sacia Orchards helped us meet our budget for the last two seasons. Please thank them if you see them. We anticipate this modest increase and the online registration will secure the budget we need to keep improving the quality of AppleTalk and the content we deliver to you. This business expense pays for itself many times over – invest in your management.
2016 AppleTalk participation survey
Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. We would love to hear from you. Please contact Peter Werts, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 232-1410 x1002 or Thomas Bernard, email@example.com.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9 a.m. —3 p.m.
Iowa County Health & HumanServices Building
303 West Chapel Street
Registration—$25.00 due March 24th
PasturePork brochure and registration form
If you are thinking of raising pigs on pasture, you don’t want to miss this event! Brought to you by Iowa County Extension educator Gene Schriefer, featuring Greg Gunthorp, Jonny Hunter, Kelly Maynard.
9:30 Opening Introductions
9:45 Key Note—Greg Gunthorp
10:30 Breeding Systems—Gene Schriefer
11:15 Producing Pigs on Pasture that Consumers Will Pay For— Greg Gunthorp
1:00 The (r)evolution of the local food scene and demand for pork— Jonny Hunter
2:00 Stronger Together – Creating a Cooperative—Kelly Maynard
3:00 Adjourn & Networking
Questions? Call the Iowa County Extension office at Tel: (608)930-9850
Matt Raboin, researcher – apple grower – cider maker, has some findings to share and would like to chat with you on the future of cider making. Please join us next Tuesday and invite your colleagues.
To join the call, go to: https://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd
For more information, go to: http://expeng.anr.msu.edu/…/…/133/Hard%20Cider%20Webinar.pdf