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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.

December 12

Resilient Farms Conference

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, 1305 Kalahari Dr., Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The conference will be hosted by Compeer Financial and the University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension. A keynote speech will address three decades of resiliency and innovation. Also scheduled are numerous sessions on value-added products and businesses. The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch. Advance registration requested. Visit compeer.com/resilientfarms or call 844-426-6733 for more information.

Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Meeting

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Iowa County Health and Human Services Building, 303 West Chapel St., Dodgeville, Wisconsin. The meeting is hosted by UW-Extension. It will feature research updates related to soil management, fertility and nutrient management. The registration is $45 per person, which includes lunch and information packet. Four hours of continuing-education units have been requested. Call 608-930-9850 for more information.

Beef Producer Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Doge County Administration Building from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is $10 and meeting participants will be eligible for one Beef Quality Assurance continuing education credit. Call 620-386-3794 for more information.

December 18

Pork Quality Assurance Certification Training

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ag Service and Education Center in Baldwin, WI. A 25 question exam is required to certify. The program has no fees, but pre-registration is encouraged. Contact ryan.sterry@wisc.edu or 715-531-1950 for more information.

January 7

Leading Dairy Producers Summit

The invite-only program will be held from 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7 to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Kalahari Resort, 1305 Kalahari Dr., Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The event brings the latest information and research on agriculture and dairy. Some highlights from last year’s conference include silage corn disease and mycotoxin control in wet years, calcium demands in early lactation Holsteins and the six pillars to successful calf raising. Contact nsmith@filamentag.com for more information.

Cow College

The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Fox Valley Technical College Regional Center, 525 South Main St., Wisconsin Highway 22 and U.S. Highway 45, Clintonville, Wisconsin. It will feature a presentation by Matt Akins, University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension dairy-management specialist. He will discuss how alternative forages might replace alfalfa in dairy-cow diets. Zach Sawall, dairy nutritionist and support specialist for Vita Plus Corporation, will discuss feeding strategies to maximize milk components. Registration is $5 for the Jan. 7 program or $10 for all three Cow College programs. The other two programs will be held Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. Visit waupaca.extension.wisc.edu or 715-258-6231 for more information.

Discovery Farms Summit

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. Jan. 7 to 11:45 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Hilton Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, 3800 American Boulevard East Bloomington, Minnesota. Discovery Farms is a farmer-led, on-farm research and outreach program focused on the relationship between agriculture and water quality. Farmer registration is $150 and non-farmer registration is $200. Visit uwdiscoveryfarms.org or 715-983-5668 for more information. 

Jan. 7-8

Discovery Farms Summit

The event will be held Jan. 7-8, Hilton Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, 3800 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, Minnesota. The event will be co-hosted by the Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It will feature information on edge-of-field surface runoff and tile monitoring studies. Visit www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org or call 715-983-5668 for more information.

January 11

Youth Farm Tractor and Machinery Safety Training

The program will be held at the Dodge County Administrative Building auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with occasional breaks. Students must bring their lunch. Parents should plan on attending the first 45 minutes of the first class for orientation. The class will continue on Jan. 18 and 25. Pre-registration is required and attending all classes is required to complete certification. Registration fees are $35 for youth if registered by Jan. 3 or $45 if registered after Jan. 3. Visit dodge.extension.wisc.edu or 920-326-3790 for more information. 

January 14

Stress Response: Breaking the Cycle

The free session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14, with lunch provided, at the UW-Division of Extension in Richland County, 1000 Highway 14 West, Richland Center, Wisconsin. The session will address effects of chronic stress and stress-management strategies. It will be presented by John Shutske, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and Extension specialist.  Call 608-647-6148 for more information.

Cow College

The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Fox Valley Technical College Regional Center, 525 South Main St., Wisconsin Highway 22 and U.S. Highway 45, Clintonville, Wisconsin. It will feature a presentation by Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension dairy-reproduction specialist. He will discuss dairy-breeding strategies in an era of high pregnancy rates. Jim Livingston, regional manager for the Diamond-V dairy team, and Kimberly Schmidt, agricultural educator for UW-Extension in Shawano County, will discuss evaluating total-mixed-rations to improve production. Registration is $5 for the Jan. 14 program or $10 for all three Cow College programs. The other two programs will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Visit waupaca.extension.wisc.edu or 715-258-6231 for more information.

Jan. 14-16

Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic

The event will be held Jan. 14-16 at the Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wisconsin. The event will feature both informational sessions and a trade show. The sessions will feature topics in the areas of crop management, nutrient management, professional development, pest management, and soil and water management.Visit agclassic.org or call 608-223-1111 for more information. 

January 15

Farm and Rural Lobby Day

The event will be held at the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. Topics on the agenda include preserving and transition farmland, protecting drinking water and ensuring fair maps through nonpartisan redistricting. Register online at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/events or contact intern@wisconsinfarmersunion.com or 608-590-5010 for more information.

Jan. 17-22

American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and Trade Show

The convention will be held Jan. 17-22 at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St. in Austin, Texas. Visit annualconvention.fb.org and registration.experientevent.com/ShowAFB201 or call 800-424-5249 for more information.

January 21

Cow College

The program begins with tours of two dairy farms, the first which begins at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Fietzer Dairy Farm, E8276 County Highway N, Manawa, Wisconsin. The farm features a Lely robotic-milking system and 360-cow naturally ventilated freestall barn. The second tour begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Clinton Dairy Farm, E8351 Wisconsin State Highway 22, Bear Creek, Wisconsin. The farm features a Waikato 50-cow rotary parlor, 250-cow holding area and 6-row tunnel-ventilated freestall barn. The tours are followed by lunch and a presentation by Robert Netrefa of Greenstone Farm Credit Services on dairy revenue protection insurance. The lunch and program will be held at the Fox Valley Technical College Regional Center, 525 South Main St., Wisconsin Highway 22 and U.S. Highway 45, Clintonville, Wisconsin. Visit waupaca.extension.wisc.edu or 715-258-6231 for more information.

Jan. 22-23

Dairy Strong

The conference will be held Jan. 22-23 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. The conference and trade show will feature the annual meetings of the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmers Cooperative. Also offered will be several keynote presentations and in-booth presentations. There also will be sessions featuring supply-chain issues, dairy versus plant-based products, and economic opportunities. Visit dairystrong.org or call 877-418-2659 for more information.

Jan. 23-25

GrassWorks Grazing Conference

The conference will be held Jan. 23-25 at Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Several breakout sessions are planned featuring money-saving practices, breeding for grass-based production, how dairy graziers can earn a living, grass-based business models and more. Visit grassworks.org or contact grassworksheather@gmail.com or 715-289-4896 for more information.

Jan. 24-25

Organic Grain Resource and Information Network Winter Conference

The event will be held Jan. 24-25 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin. The conference will feature several sessions and workshops related to soil health, weed and pest management, crop rotation, no-till, transitioning to organic grain, financial options, marketing and more. Visit ograin.cals.wisc.edu and click on the events tab for more information. 

Jan. 28

Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum

The event will be held Jan. 28 at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. This year’s focus will be industrial hemp. Topics will include farm economy, hemp status and outlook, hemp marketing and farm income. Corn, soybeans, dairy and livestock will also be discussed. The $20 registration fee covers both lunch and the forum. Contact jpbeach@wisc.edu or 608-262-9485 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.

February 11

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. 27-29

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.

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 25

THRIVE Innovation Summit

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 25, in the Recital Hall of Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California. The summit will feature agricultural-startup companies and presentations addressing climate-positive agriculture, indoor-vertical farming, next-gen protein, biotechnology and automated agriculture. Visit thriveagrifood.com for more information.

Apr. 14-16

CheeseExpo

The event will be held Apr. 14-16 at the Wisconsin Center, 400 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event will feature seminars and a trade show. Seminars will feature challenges and opportunities of global trade, best-manufacturing processes and volatile milk markets. Visit CheeseExpo.org or contact 608-286-1001 or jkeller@wischeesemakers.org for more information.

May 4-6

AgTech NEXT

The event will be held May 4-6 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, St. Louis. The event will be attended by innovators, investors and industry-thought leaders. The theme of the event is “Risks and Rewards.” The food and agriculture industries face risks driven by rapidly changing economic, environmental and social conditions. The risks present opportunities to advance innovative solutions. visit www.agtechnext.org for more information. 

To list an event email information at least two weeks in advance to agriview@madison.com with topic, date, time, location including street address and cost if any. Also include contact information for more event information.

 

 

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