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Agri-View offers a schedule of events of special interest to our readers. Some events and activities might require advance registration. Email agriview@madison.com with calendar submissions.

January 30

Farmers of the Barron County Watersheds Meeting

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Rolling Oaks Supper Club, 450 West Division Ave., Barron, Wisconsin. Jason Cavadini, the assistant superintendent and an agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, will discuss no-till research being conducted in central Wisconsin and cover crops. Jeff and Jake Lake of Lake Family Farms will discuss what they did to earn the Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award as well as how they use precision technology in land-stewardship strategies. Logan Dwyer will share the hows and whys of 60-inch corn and grazing cover crops. The Farmers of the Barron County Watersheds will explain plans for it Producer-Led Watershed Protection grant. Contact hamernik@chibardun.net or 715-418-0053 by Jan. 24 for more information.

Jan. 30-31

Driftless Region Beef Conference

The conference will be held Jan. 30-31 at the Grand River Conference Center, 500 Bell St., Dubuque, Iowa. The conference is a cooperative effort of Extension specialists in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Sessions will address beef production, sustainability, nutrition, early calf management, baled-silage management, calving management, weaning management, replacement heifers and more. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu and search for "beef center" or call 515-294-6429 for more information.

January 31

Dodge County Forage Council Winter Meeting

The meeting begins with registration at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Dodge County Administration Building Auditorium, 127 East Oak St., Juneau, Wisconsin. Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension specialist in biological-systems engineering, will discuss forage harvest and compaction. John Goeser of Rock River Labs will discuss how to meet nutritional requirements with available feed. Carrie Laboski, UW-Madison soil-science professor, will discuss sulfur management in forage crops and in-season manure management. Forage-contest judging will be followed by an update on UW-Extension programming by Joe Zimbric and Amanda Young. The Dodge County Forage Council annual meeting will include an update on the Midwest Forage Association and announcement of forage-contest winners. Registration is requested by Jan. 29. Fees include program, meal, materials and annual council dues. Visit dodge.extension.wisc.edu or call 920-386-3790 for more information.

Fox Watershed Farmer Roundtable

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly, Wisconsin. It will feature opening remarks by U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-8-Wisconsin-Green Bay. Tony Peirick, chair of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil - Healthy Waters and co-owner of T&R Dairy LLC, and Barry Bubolz, area Great Lakes Restoration Initiative coordinator, will discuss the history and successes of farmer-led watershed-protection groups. The event will feature a farmer panel and three breakout sessions addressing manure application options and technologies, no-till planter setup, and building resilient soils. The event is free for farmers, and includes lunch and a happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Space is limited. Register by Jan. 22. Visit www.foxdemofarms.org for more information.

February 2

Farm Toy and Craft Show

The Johnson Creek FFA alumni is holding the group’s Farm Toy and Craft Show for a 23rd year. There will be vendor and crafter tables, tractor collections, farm scenes and more. Lunch is served all day; there are door prizes. Admission is $3 per person, but children less than 10 years old are free. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Johnson Creek High School, 455 Aztalan St., Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. That’s a half-mile west of the old school. Contact klettke2@yahoo.com or 920-206-8275 for more information including vendor and display information.

Central Wisconsin Farm Toy Show

The Marshfield FFA Alumni will be holding the 34th-annual Central Wisconsin Farm Toy Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Marshfield Senior High School, 1401 E. Becker Road, Marshfield, Wisconsin. There will be a kids pedal tractor pull at 12:30 p.m. with classes for ages 5 to 12 years old. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for ages 10 to 17, and free for those less than 10 years of age. Contact 715-743-7152 or collectorsshelf@gmail.com for more information.

February 4

Calumet County Forage Day

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4, Midlakes Custom Services Shop, N6171 Elm Road, Hilbert, Wisconsin. The program will feature discussion on HarvXtra, corn-planter setup, mycotoxins and alternative forages. Registration is $20, and $25 after Jan. 28. Contact connie.leonhard@wisc.edu or 920-849-1450, ext. 4, for more information.

February 5

Soil Health Expo

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Juneau Community Center, 500 Lincoln Drive, Juneau, Wisconsin. The program will feature a presentation on the history of no-till farming by Frank Lessiter, editor of “No-Till Farmer.” Russell Hedrick will discuss soil-health diversification and water infiltration. Five farmers will discuss their farming operations. Fee is $25 for farmers, $50 for others. The registration includes lunch and social-time pizza and refreshments. Visit dodgecountyfarmers.com or contact 920-386-3660 for more information.

February 6

Fresh Market Growers Educational Meeting

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Jackson County Extension Office, 227 South 11th St., Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The program will feature information on marketing with social media, merchandising for fresh-market sales, and greenhouse production. Claire Strader, a farmers market vendor and commercial-vegetable agent, will discuss product mix, market niche, product display and customer service. Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture specialist, will discuss greenhouse production strategies via a livestream webinar. Kristin Runge, UW-Extension communication research specialist, will discuss research on best social media-marketing practices. Registration fee is $10, includes materials, lunch and refreshments. Contact jamie.pfaff@wisc.edu or 715-284-4257 for more information.

Wisconsin Pork Association meeting

The 2020 annual Wisconsin Pork Association meeting will be held Feb. 6 during the Wisconsin Pork/Corn/Soy Expo. The event will feature election of directors, National Pork Board delegates, industry awards and policy updates. The association will host its first “Porkapalooza” featuring the N.E.W. Piano Guys, as well as pie and silent auctions to support youth programs. The association will host Feb. 7 a leadership breakfast with speakers from both the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. There will be seminars on both days. Visit www.wppa.org/expo or call 608-723-7551 for more information.

February 11

Farmers for the Upper Sugar River Meeting

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Deer Creek Sportsman Club, 8475 Miller Road, Mt. Vernon, Wisconsin. The program will feature Rachel Rushmann, producer-led program manager at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will discuss the agency's grant program. Also featured will be Jim Melichar of Melichar Broad Acres farm, and chair of the Milwaukee River Watershed Clean Farm Families. Farmers for the Upper Sugar River will discuss stewardship practices as well as groundwater-study results. Lunch will be provided by Brix Cider. Contact farmers@uppersugar.org or 608-437-7707 for more information.

Your Farm Future Session

The free program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11, with lunch provided, at the UW-Division of Extension in Richland County, 1000 Highway 14 West, Richland Center, Wisconsin. Joy Kirkpatrick of the University of Wisconsin-Center for Dairy Profitability will discuss address farm-transition planning. Call 608-647-6148 for more information. 

Feb. 11-12

Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting and Conference

The conference will be held Feb. 11-12 at the KCI Expo Center, 11730 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. The conference will feature several sessions related to crop production, livestock and grazing, and the environment and economics. Visit http://mccc.msu.edu and click on "2020 MCCC Annual and Meeting Conference” banner for more information.

February 13

Dairy Brain Initiative Kick-Off Meeting

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Swan Club, 875 Heritage Road, De Pere, Wisconsin. The program will feature an introduction to the University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension Dairy Brain Initiative, prototypes and tool ideas, and recruiting farms for the project. Registration is free for farmers but they’re asked to RSVP by Feb. 5. Visit forms.gle/9rq4Fbo8HUeuZ1Xc8 or contact eybinversie@wisc.edu or 920-391-4612 for more information.

Peninsula Pride Farms Annual Meeting

The meeting will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in the Expo Hall at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds, 625 3rd St., Luxemburg, Wisconsin. The event will feature a keynote address by Timm Uhlmann, meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Weather Forecast Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Also presenting will be Tim Kowols, “Door County Daily News.” He will discuss how transparency and honesty can help forge strong relationships with the media and broader community. A panel presentation will highlight experiences from the four Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network participants. Each farm representative will discuss an innovative practice tried in 2019. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. A members-only meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. Register by Feb. 6. Visit peninsulapridefarmsinc.org for more information.

Feb. 15-16

Farm Couples Weekend Workshops

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15 with on-site check-in and ends 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in Wausau, Wisconsin. Venue to be determined. The workshop will feature Roger Williams, a farm-family communications consultant and mediator at the Wisconsin Farm Center. University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension educators and Farm Center staff also will discuss managing stress, personality differences, improving communications with family members, and community resources. Pre-registration and a $50 per couple deposit is required; the deposit will be refunded the second day of the weekend. Financial assistance for childcare, farm labor or mileage may be available. The registration deadline is one week prior to weekend. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/farmcouples or call 800-942-2474 for more information.

February 17

Creating an Emergency Plan Meeting

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Swan Club, 875 Heritage Road, De Pere, Wisconsin. A dairy-market overview and considerations for hardening one’s market will be presented by Mark Stephenson, director of the Center for Dairy Profitability. Also addressed will be resources available from the Wisconsin Farm Center. Liz Binversie, UW-Extension agriculture educator, will discuss ways to find a new dairy processor. Registration is free for farmers but they’re asked to RSVP by Feb. 5. Industry and others are welcome to attend. Registration is $25 per person, which includes a buffet lunch and resource book. Visit feb17dairymtg.eventbrite.com or contact eybinversie@wisc.edu or 920-391-4612 for more information.

February 19

Veterans Affairs Farming Discussion

The program will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The program will be hosted by the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital as part of its Veterans Affairs Farming and Recovery Mental Health Services pilot program. The meeting will feature a keynote speaker and a panel of farmers with expertise in one of several areas – vegetable farming, grain crops, dairy, beef, emerging or niche farming markets, value added or food production, and small or diversified-farming operations. The program is open to farmers, veterans who are currently farming, veterans interested in farming, and community members interested in agricultural occupations. Call 608-256-1909, ext. 16431, or 608-256-1901, ext. 16433, for more information.

Producer-led Watershed Protection Grants Workshop

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The event is hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. On the agenda are producer-led group presentations on composting manure, outreach with schools, prairie strips and planting into green. Breakout sessions for farmers and collaborators also are planned. Visit datcp.wi.gov or call 608-224-4622 for more information.

Wisconsin Cover Crop Pre-Conference Dinner, Discussion

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The event will feature "Ice, Water and Wind - Exploring Soil Diversity in Wisconsin," a presentation by Holly Dolliver, a professor of geology and soil science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covercrop or call 608-263-1672 for more information.

February 20

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Topics will address maintaining soil health while managing manure, points-of-entry for beginning cover croppers, using cover crops as an alternative forage and extreme weather events. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covercrop or call 608-263-1672 for more information.

February 21

Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well Being Conference

The event will be held Feb. 21 in conjunction with the Wisconsin Cattleman’s Association Winter Conference, Chula Vista Resort, 1000 Chula Vista Pkwy., Wisconsin Dells. The conference will feature dairy and beef breakout sessions. One dairy breakout session will feature a presentation on corkscrew claw syndrome by Dr. Nigel Cook, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. “Taking the pain out of disbudding” is the title of the second dairy session featuring Dr. Charlotte Winder, Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. One beef breakout session will address the behavior and management components of cattle welfare. The session will be presented by Courtney Daigle, assistant professor of animal science at the Texas A&M University. The second session will feature a discussion on the beef quality assurance program by Chase DeCoite, director of Beef-Quality Assurance Programs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Visit wisconsincattlemen.com and click on the events tab or contact jackie.mccarville@wisc.edu or 608-328-9440 or sandra.stuttgen@wisc.edu or 715-748-3327 ext. 1, for more information.

February 22

Soil Health & Diversity: Keeping Farms Economically and Ecologically Sustainable

The free program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Lenz Conference Center at the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, Wisconsin. The program will feature Scott Mericka of Grass Dairy LLC of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and Mike Miles of Luck, Wisconsin. He began in 1986 Anathoth Community Farm. Mericka will discuss milking 200 cows, rotational grazing, forage sorghum, winter rye, forage kale, oats and peas. Miles will discuss raising steers, pigs, chickens and cover crops to build soil microorganisms and produce meat. Visit https://www.facebook.com/grantcountyruralstewardship

February 26

Farm Succession and Estate Planning Workshop

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lawrence Town Hall, 2400 Shady Court, DePere, Wisconsin. The workshop is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension. In addition to hearing presentations participants will have an opportunity to meet individually with attorneys and tax specialists to ask questions about their situations. Registration is $20 per person, which includes lunch and workshop materials. Visit farms.extension.wisc.edu/programs/cultivating or contact eybinversie@wisc.edu or 920-391-4612 for more information.

Feb. 26-27

Dairy Initiative Workshop

The two-day workshop will be held Feb. 26-27 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The workshop will focus on improving welfare audit results, optimizing performance and addressing consumer concerns about animal care. Calf raising, adult-cow ventilation and cooling, stall design and surface, and hoof health management will be discussed. Participants must bring a computer that runs Microsoft Excel for group exercises. Contact carrie.tobin@wisc.edu or 608-265-5206 for registration, registration fees and other information. Contact courtney.halbach@wisc.edu or 608-262-6800 about the program or for more information.

February 27

Boots in the Barn

Iowa State University-Extension and Outreach will host “Boots in the Barn,” a program for women beef producers, in February and March in Independence in northeast Iowa. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their beef-cattle operation. Program dates are Feb. 27, March 5 and March 12. Each session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence. The fee for the three-session program is $25. Visit buchananwomenlandandlegacy.com for more information.

Feb. 27-29

Commodity Classic

The event will be held Feb. 27-29, Henry B. Gonzáles Convention Center, 900 East Market St., San Antonio. The farmer-focused event features educational sessions, a trade show, entertainment and networking opportunities. Visit www.CommodityClassic.com or call 800-465-0482 for more information.

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Organic Farming Conference

The conference will be held Feb. 27-29 at the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The conference features numerous sessions on organic production. Early-bird registration discounts begin Dec. 3. Visit mosesorganic.org/conference or call 715-778-5775 for more information.

Feb. 29-March 1

Farm Couples Weekend Workshops

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29 with on-site check-in and ends 3 p.m. March 1, Appleton, Wisconsin. Venue to be determined. The workshop will feature Roger Williams, a farm-family communications consultant and mediator at the Wisconsin Farm Center. University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension educators and Farm Center staff also will discuss managing stress, personality differences, improving communications with family members, and community resources. Pre-registration and a $50 per couple deposit is required; the deposit will be refunded the second day of the weekend. Financial assistance for childcare, farm labor or mileage may be available. The registration deadline is one week prior to weekend. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/farmcouples or call 800-942-2474 for more information.

March 5

Boots in the Barn

Iowa State University-Extension and Outreach will host “Boots in the Barn,” a program for women beef producers, in February and March in Independence in northeast Iowa. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their beef-cattle operation. Program dates are Feb. 27, March 5 and March 12. Each session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence. The fee for the three-session program is $25. Visit buchananwomenlandandlegacy.com for more information.

March 7-8

Farm Couples Weekend Workshops

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. March 7 with on-site check-in and ends 3 p.m. March 8, Waupun, Wisconsin. Venue to be determined. The workshop will feature Roger Williams, a farm-family communications consultant and mediator at the Wisconsin Farm Center. University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension educators and Farm Center staff also will discuss managing stress, personality differences, improving communications with family members, and community resources. Pre-registration and a $50 per couple deposit is required; the deposit will be refunded the second day of the weekend. Financial assistance for childcare, farm labor or mileage may be available. The registration deadline is one week prior to weekend. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/farmcouples or call 800-942-2474 for more information.

March 10

Resilient Farms and Families

The free session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10, with lunch provided, at the UW-Division of Extension in Richland County, 1000 Highway 14 West, Richland Center, Wisconsin. Chelsea Wunnicke, University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension educator, will lead a discussion on how to build resiliency and thrive in a changing world. Call 608-647-6148 for more information.

March 12

Boots in the Barn

Iowa State University-Extension and Outreach will host “Boots in the Barn,” a program for women beef producers, in February and March in Independence in northeast Iowa. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in their beef-cattle operation. Program dates are Feb. 27, March 5 and March 12. Each session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence. The fee for the three-session program is $25. Visit buchananwomenlandandlegacy.com for more information.

March 21-22 – Eau Claire

Farm Couples Weekend Workshops

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. March 21 with on-site check-in and ends 3 p.m. March 22, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Venue to be determined. The workshop will feature Roger Williams, a farm-family communications consultant and mediator at the Wisconsin Farm Center. University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension educators and Farm Center staff also will discuss managing stress, personality differences, improving communications with family members, and community resources. Pre-registration and a $50 per couple deposit is required; the deposit will be refunded the second day of the weekend. Financial assistance for childcare, farm labor or mileage may be available. The registration deadline is one week prior to weekend. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/farmcouples or call 800-942-2474 for more information.

March 27-28

IGNITE Conference

The conference will be held March 27-28, Madison Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, Wisconsin. The member-engagement conference offers four tracks addressing policy, issues and advocacy, governance and organization, building Farm Bureau, and communicating for agriculture and Farm Bureau. Attendees may follow one track through the entire conference or split time between tracks. Registration is open to any Farm Bureau member. Early-bird registration is March 4. Final registration is March 18. Visit wfbf.com and click on events or call 608-836-5575 for more information.

Apr. 4-5

Farm Couples Weekend Workshops

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Apr. 4 with on-site check-in and ends 3 p.m. Apr. 5, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Venue to be determined. The workshop will feature Roger Williams, a farm-family communications consultant and mediator at the Wisconsin Farm Center. University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension educators and Farm Center staff also will discuss managing stress, personality differences, improving communications with family members, and community resources. Pre-registration and a $50 per couple deposit is required; the deposit will be refunded the second day of the weekend. Financial assistance for childcare, farm labor or mileage may be available. The registration deadline is one week prior to weekend. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/farmcouples or call 800-942-2474 for more information.

Apr. 7-9

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Conference

The conference will be held Apr. 7-9 at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wisconsin. The event will feature general sessions and breakout sessions in addition to a trade show. Visit calfandheifer.org or contact sue@calfandheifer.org for more information.

July 15

In Her Boots Workshop

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 at Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm, 139 Riverdale Drive, Oneida, Wisconsin. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will host the program featuring farm diversification and “Three Sisters” gardens. Registration opens in March. Registration fee is $25. Visit mosesorganic.org/in-her-boots for more information.

August 7

In Her Boots Workshop

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Old Smith Place, 16136 West Avon North Townline Road, Brodhead, Wisconsin. The event will be hosted by Betty Anderson of the Old Smith Place and Soil Sisters friends. The program will feature advice for startups, raising meat and farm diversification. The session also is the beginning of the annual Soil Sisters: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life weekend Aug.7-9, with more than 20 women-owned farms offering various workshops, tours and culinary events. Registration opens in March. Registration fee is $40. Visit mosesorganic.org/in-her-boots and soilsisterswi.org for more information.

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