April calendar

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.

April 17-18

2019 Cheese Industry Conference

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 17 and from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association offers its dairy-processing and manufacturing members access to exhibits for $75. Visit CheeseConference.org for more information.

April 22-26

“World of Cheese” Short Course

The course will be held April 22-26, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Drive in Madison, Wisconsin. The course will address cheese handling and display, packaging fundamentals, economics, grading and evaluation. Hands-on sessions feature cheesemaking, grading laboratory and cheese-functionality demonstrations. Trips to a dairy farm and cheese plants also are featured. The course is designed to provide non-cheesemakers broad knowledge of the cheesemaking process. Visit www.cdr.wisc.edu/shortcourses/woc_19 or contact conference@cals.wisc.edu or 608-263-1672 for more information.

April 23-25

Making More from Milk

The program will be held at the Madison Concourse Hotel at 1 West Dayton St. in Madison, Wisconsin. It will feature seminars, and visits to dairy processors and retailers. Spanish translation is available. Visit globalcow.com/making-more-from-milk or contact 866-267-2879 or 608-512-5040 for more information.

April 24

Women Caring for

the Land Meeting

Two sessions will be held – the first from 8 to 10 a.m. and the second from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – April 24 in Suite 200, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 8030 Excelsior Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. The same information, which will focus on absentee women landowners, will be presented at both sessions. Attendees may choose the time that works best for them. Visit mosesorganic.org or call 715-778-5775 for more information.

April 25

Taking Care of Your Farm Families program

The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Center Town Hall, N3990 Wisconsin Highway 47, Appleton, Wisconsin. The program is a four-session community-based program. The remaining sessions will be held May 2, 9 and 16. The program aims to help farmers by giving them the tools they need to make healthy choices. Visit outagamie.extension.wisc.edu for more information.

April 27

Hazardous Material

Clean Sweep

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 27 at County Highway Department, 301 Dixie St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The clean sweep is for collection of hazardous materials such as household and agricultural chemical waste. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Preregistration required. Contact kim.ruelle@fdlco.wi.gov or 920-906-4680 for more information.

Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture Conference

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 East 10th St., Merrill, Wisconsin. The conference addresses the needs of farm women with farm-business and risk-management information. Register by April 16. Call 715-539-1078 for more information.

Play: Map of My Kingdom

The play will be held at 2 p.m. April 27 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Cost is $15 before April 20 and $25 at the door. In the play a lawyer and mediator in land-transition disputes shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with during the years approached their land successions. Following the 60-minute performance there will be a 20-minute talk followed by a two-hour workshop. Visit www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter or call 608-748-4411 ext. 811 for more information.

April 30-May 1

National Workshop for Dairy Economists, Policy Analysts

The 25th-annual workshop will be held April 30-May 1 at the DoubleTree Airport Hotel, 4747 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Offered will be an optional tour of a new innovative processing plant as well as a Michigan dairy farm; attendees must preregister to participate. Registration fee for the program itself is $380; register by April 26. Visit dairymarkets.org/workshops for more information.

May 1

Food Safety Workshop

The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. May 1 at Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. The short course is a one-day hands-on workshop designed to cover an introduction to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point in a dairy-plant setting. Cost is $250. Contact 608-265-6346 or msmuk@cdr.wisc.edu for more information.

Women Caring for

the Land Meeting

Two sessions will be held – the first from 8 to 10 a.m. and the second from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – May 1 at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Elkhorn Service Center, 225 O’Connor Drive, Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The same information, which will focus on absentee women landowners, will be presented at both sessions. Attendees may choose the time that works best for them. Visit mosesorganic.org or call 715-778-5775 for more information.

May 1-3

Dairyland Initiative Workshops

The workshops will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Green Bay, 333 Main St., Green Bay. Day one will include information on ventilating adult-cow facilities. Days two and three will include information on youngstock-facility design. Cost is $325 for May 1, $375 for May 2 and 3, or $625 for all three days. Dairy producers are eligible for a 20 percent discount on workshop registration. Visit www.vetmed.wisc.edu/ce or call 608-265-5206 for more information.

May 2



Taking Care of Your Farm Families program



The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at Center Town Hall, N3990 Wisconsin Highway 47, Appleton, Wisconsin. The program is a four-session community-based program. The first session was held April 25. The remaining sessions will be held May 9 and 16. The program aims to help farmers by giving them the tools they need to make healthy choices. Visit outagamie.extension.wisc.edu for more information.

May 2-3



Farm Human-Resource Management Conference



The conference will be held May 2-3 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, Wisconsin. The conference will provide practical information about farm human-resource management and leadership development, as well as a forum for collaboration for consultants and educators. Participants will learn about the latest research in human-resource management on important topics such as motivating employees, providing effective feedback and resolving employee conflicts. Visit fyi.extension.wisc.edu or contact trisha.wagner@ces.uwex.edu or simon.jettenantel@uwrf.edu for more information.

May 3



Beef Quality Assurance workshop



The workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 3 at the West Square Administration Building, 505 Broadway, Baraboo, Wisconsin. The certification costs $15 per farm. Call 608-355-3250 for more information.

May 8-9



Dairy Sustainability Forum



The program will be held May 8-9 at Loews Chicago O’Hare, 5300 North River Road, Rosemont, Illinois. It will address cultural shifts affecting the food industry and how Dairy Sustainability Alliance members are addressing social responsibility in their companies. Visit sustainabilityalliance.usdairy.com or call 847-627-3372 for more information.

May 9



Taking Care of Your Farm Families program



The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Center Town Hall, N3990 Wisconsin Highway 47, Appleton, Wisconsin. The program is a four-session community-based program. The first two sessions were held April 25 and May 2. The remaining session will be held May 16. The program aims to help farmers by giving them the tools they need to make healthy choices. Visit outagamie.extension.wisc.edu for more information.

May 16



NextGen Expo



The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 at Purdue University’s Agronomic Center for Research and Education, 4540 U.S. Highway 52, West Lafayette, Indiana. All ages are encouraged to meet teams from schools and entrepreneurs competing in agricultural-robot competitions. The expo features interactive exhibits related to farm management, robotics, unmanned-aerial systems, crop production, soil health, engineering, botany, software, computer science, artificial intelligence, weed science, machine learning and rural broadband. Admission is free with pre-registration online. Visit www.agbot.ag or contact agbotchallenge@gmail.com for more information.

UW-Madison Dairy Science Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic



The golf outing will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 16 at the University Ridge Golf Course, 9002 County Road PD, Verona, Wisconsin. Proceeds from the outing support dairy-science student scholarships, student travel, hands-on laboratories and undergraduate research. Visit www.dysci.wisc.edu or call 608-712-0073 or 608-219-5289 for more information.

Taking Care of Your Farm Families program



The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Center Town Hall, N3990 Wisconsin Highway 47, Appleton, Wisconsin. The program is a four-session community-based program. This is the final session. The program aims to help farmers by giving them the tools they need to make healthy choices. Visit outagamie.extension.wisc.edu for more information.

May 17-18



AgBot Challenge



The two-day agricultural-robot contest will be held May 17-18 at Purdue University’s Agronomic Center for Research and Education, 4540 U.S. Highway 52, West Lafayette, Indiana. The Weed and Feed Competition will be held May 17. It challenges teams to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a field to identify corn and weeds. Upon identification of a weed, the machine should eradicate the weed chemically or mechanically. The Mining for Microflora and Microfauna Competition will be held May 18. Teams compete to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a field, collecting a soil sample, prepping and storing a sample for microscopic evaluation of microflora and microfauna. Contest hours are yet to be determined. Visit www.agbot.ag or contact agbotchallenge@gmail.com for more information.

May 18



Beef Round-Up



The North Central Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association is hosting the 11th annual Beef Round-Up beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 18 at the Taylor County Fairgrounds, Wisconsin highways 13-64, Medford, Wisconsin. Events include a Showmanship Clinic, a Beef Preview Show and North Central Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association events throughout the day. Visit taylor.extension.wisc.edu or call 715-748-3327 ext. 1 for more information.

Cattle Drive 5K-10K

Fun Run-Walk



The event will begin at 11 a.m. May 18 at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 700 VFW Drive, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Participants receive a free T-shirt and lunch. Cost is $30 before the event or $35 day of. Visit www.beeftips.com/nutrition/team-beef or contact mhendrickson@beeftips.com or 608-833-9944 for more information.

May 21-23



PDPW Agricultural Professional Partnerships training



The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin offers travel to three dairy farms to learn from farm owners and managers, and meet other on-farm experts. Participants will explore dairy-cow health and animal-care practices, environmental-stewardship techniques, employee management, economics of production agriculture, dairy-business financial management and more. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21-23. It’s designed for food-system and allied industry professionals with limited farm background and experience. Visit pdpw.org or contact 800-947-7379 or mail@pdpw.org for more information.

May 23



Begin a Farmstead Micro-Creamery workshop



The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 23 at Cosmic Wheel Creamery, 260 95th St., Clear Lake, Wisconsin. Topics include what to consider when adding a micro-creamery, the art of making artisan cheeses, legalities and marketing, and seasonal milking. Event is free. Visit mosesorganic.org for more information.

June 4



Spring cover-crop field day



The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. June 4 at 14233 Kline Road, La Porte City, Iowa. Farmers and community members are invited to learn about a variety of cover-crop issues, from varieties and planting strategies to equipment, grazing and harvest options, as well as various practices farmers use to maximize the financial return from cover crops. Visit practicalfarmers.org for more information.

June 11



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. June 11 at the Claudia Berres farm, 21602 Berres Lane, Richland Center, Wisconsin. Berres is a contract-beef grazier. The program will feature water systems, solar pumps and water storage options. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

June 17-20



Tractor-safety classes



The classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17-20 at three different locations. The locations are Greenwood High School, 306 W. Central Ave., Greenwood, Wisconsin, Colby High School, 705 N. 2nd St., Colby, Wisconsin, and Thorp High School, 605 S. Clark St., Thorp, Wisconsin. Cost is $20 for in-district students and $30 for students out of the district. Registration deadline June 1. Youth must be 12 years old or older. Visit clark.extension.wisc.edu or call 715-743-5121 for more information.

June 23-26



American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting



The meeting will be held June 23-26 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio. The meeting is expected to attract more than 1,700 dairy-food and production specialists from 51 countries. The event will feature several workshops and exhibits. Visit www.adsa.org/Meetings/2019-Annual-Meeting for more information.

June 24-27



National Holstein Convention



The event will be held June 24-27 at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, 333 West College Ave., Appleton, Wisconsin. Visit holsteinusa.com or 2019holsteinconventionwi.com or contact 800-952-5200 for more information.

June 25



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. June 25 at the Don Boland farm, 18732 Highway 27, Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The program will feature paddock management – sizing paddocks and grass-species selection. Nick Baker, University of Wisconsin-Extension, will talk about meadow fescue and other perennial forages. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

July 8-11



Bio World Congress on Industry Biotechnology



The congress will be held July 8-11 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines, Iowa. The event will feature the latest development in industrial biotechnology, food and agricultural technology. Visit www.bio.org or call 202-962-6655 for more information.

July 9



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. July 9 at the farm of Christopher Baird, 12241 State Highway 27, Ferryville, Wisconsin. Baird is finishing an Environmental Quality Incentives Program project funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project involves cattle lanes and a watering system for dairy cattle. Staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be available to discuss application and installation processes. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

July 16-18



Dairy Experience Forum



The forum will be held July 16-18 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota. The forum aims to facilitate conversation and learning among farmers, dairy experts and partners as they discuss useful insights and ideas that can be used in their ongoing work to help ensure a successful future for dairy. Visit www.dairyexperienceforum.com for more information.

July 23-25



InfoAg Conference



The conference will be held July 23-25 at St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market St., St. Louis. The event features educational and networking opportunities for professionals interested in precision-agriculture technologies. Visit https://infoag.org or call 217-762-7955 for more information.

August 13



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the farm of Amy Fenn, 12041 Severson Road, Ferryville, Wisconsin. Fenn is converting woodlands to silvo-pasture. She is designing a forage chain and adding chickens for fly control. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

August 27



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at the farm of Eric Hammell, 18612 Halls Branch Road, Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The program will address brush-management techniques to improve forage quality and accessibility for cattle. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

Sept. 6-8



Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival



The event will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 6-8 at Jefferson Fair Park, 503 N. Jackson Ave., Jefferson, Wisconsin. Features more than 600 sheep and 40 breeds, with entertainment, education and shopping available. Cost is $8 per person and $15 for weekend pass. Free for children 8 years old and younger. Visit www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com for more information.

September 7



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the farm of Jade and Ethan Proksch, 53830 Newton Road, Genoa, Wisconsin. The program will feature rotational grazing with goats and/or mixed species. Also discussed will be flood recovery since fall 2018. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

September 10



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the farm of Mike Lind, 47664 Aspen Road, Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Lind will discuss silvo-pasture management. Also discussed will be soil improvement and fertility issues. The program will be co-sponsored by the Savanna Institute. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.

Sept. 24-26



Women in Agribusiness Summit



The event will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis at 1300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. The summit will provide opportunities to network with agribusiness professionals and learn about industry outlooks and trends. Visit womeninag.com or call 207-244-9544 for more information.

October 22



Great River Graziers/Kickapoo Grazing Pasture Walk



The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the farm of Vance and Olaf Haugen, 12620 Deer Road, Canton, Minnesota. The program will feature discussion on the evaluation of grazing and pastures for fall, and planning for spring. Also discussed will be karst geology and water quality in the Driftless Region. The program will be co-sponsored by the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. Visit http://www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com/events.html or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 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.