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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.

Feb. 13-15

Midwest Dairy Challenge

The University of Illinois will host college dairy students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge, which will be held Feb. 13-15 at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois. The Midwest Dairy Challenge is an educational event for students planning a career in the dairy industry. More than 120 students from 21 four-year colleges and technical schools are expected at the 15th annual Midwest Dairy Challenge. Call 608-807-9412 for more information.

February 14

Waupaca County Forage Council 2019 winter meeting

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Bear Lake Resort, N4715 State Hwy. 22-110, Manawa, Wisconsin. There will be two guest speakers, a panel discussion and a member auction. Contact greg.blonde@ces.uwex.edu or 715-258-6230 ext. 2 for more information.

Pesticide Applicator Training

The training will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Greenfield Town Hall, located behind St. Joseph’s Church on St. Joseph’s Ridge. Cost is $30 for materials. The certification will cover a five-year period. All fees must be paid before or on the day of the session to the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Contact uwexmail@lacrossecounty.org or visit lacrosse.uwex.edu for more information.

Grain Marketing and Risk Management meeting

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Melrose American Legion Hall, 303 N. Washington St., Melrose, Wisconsin. Brian Beyer and Terri Rudie of Cargill will discuss the corn and soybean market outlook, providing an update of market forces – domestic and international — and market strategies for 2019. Brenda Boetel from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will discuss grain and livestock market conditions and outlook. Compeer Financial will provide a brief update of 2019 crop insurance programs. Cargill and Compeer will provide lunch. Contact 715-284-4257 for more information.

February 15

One-day Aquaponics Class

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Nelson and Pade Inc. campus, W3731 State Hwy. 23, Montello, Wisconsin. Cost is $249 per person, which includes the class, a tour, hand-outs and information, and lunch. The “A Day in the Life” aquaponics class will offer the basics of running an aquaponic system with an introduction to the science behind what makes it work. Visit www.aquaponics.com or contact info@aquaponics.com or 608-297-8708 for more information.

Crop-economic workshop

A Land Stewardship Project workshop, “Cover Crops, No-Till & Grazing: Evaluating the Economics and First Steps to Improving Soil,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the St. Columban Church, 408 Preston St., Preston, Minnesota. It will feature presentations by southwestern Minnesota farmers Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz, along with southeastern Minnesota farmers Tom Cotter and Myron Sylling. The cost is $20 per individual, which includes lunch; students receive a $10 scholarship rate. Visit landstewardshipproject.org or contact 507-523-3366 or aromano@landstewardshipproject.org for more information.

Money Matters on the Farm workshop

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Western Technical College, 1000 College Ave., Mauston, Wisconsin. The workshops will bring in experts to speak about grazing and profitability, business management, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other cost-sharing opportunities. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Visit www.goldensandsrcd.org or call 715-343-6215 for more information.

Forage Council winter meeting

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Dodge County Administration Building auditorium, 127 East Oak St., Juneau, Wisconsin. Topics of presentations include managing tar spot, 2018 forages, equipment options for the operation and more. Visit dodge.uwex.edu/agriculture-calendar/ or fonddulac.uwex.edu for more information.

Livestock-Siting Technical Expert Committee Meeting

The open meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in Board Room 106, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Among topics of discussion will be an overview of issues related to waste-storage and runoff-management standards, and permit modification and monitoring compliance. Call 608-224-5114 for more information.

Feb. 15-16

Tribal Food and Farming 101 Workshop

The workshop will be held Feb. 15-16 at the College of Menominee Nation at 2733 South Ridge Road, Green Bay, Wisconsin. The event will address seed keeping, business planning, youth education and community health. The event has no cost for tribal members and staff, but registration is required. Visit www.iacgreatlakes.com/workshop for more information.

February 16

Alternative Agriculture Enterprises Workshop

The workshop, focused on hop production for Wisconsin’s craft-beer industry, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hillsboro Brewing Company, 815 Water Ave., Hillsboro, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering the workshop focused on hop breeding, brand varieties, hop demand, supply and markets, building relationships between suppliers and brewers, hop-pest updates and a brewer panel. Visit http://buffalo.uwex.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops for more information.

Beef Quality Assurance Certification

The class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at 212 River Drive, Room 5, Wausau, Wisconsin. Cost is $15. Contact 715-261-1230 for more information.

February 19

Pesticide Applicator Training

The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at 212 River Drive, Wausau, Wisconsin. Cost is $45 per person for the course or $30 per person for self-study, which includes the self-training manual. Contact 715-261-1230 for more information.

Beef Quality Assurance Certification

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at Whitewater Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive, Whitewater, Wisconsin. Producers are invited to learn how to raise the highest quality beef and increase consumer confidence. Cost is $15. Contact 920-674-7295 for more information.

February 20

Pesticide Applicator Training

The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at Johnson Town Hall, 5675 Town Hall Road, Athens, Wisconsin. Cost is $45 per person for the course or $30 per person for self-study, which includes the self-training manual. Contact 715-261-1230 for more information.

Iowa Learning Farms webinar

The webinar will begin at noon Feb. 20. Webinar topic is the consequences of farming prairie potholes and management options for those common landscape features. Visit www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars to join the webinar.

Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 Education and Workforce Subcommittee Teleconference

The teleconference will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room 456, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Contact Ashley.Andre@wisconsin.gov or 608-224-5002 for more information.

Feb. 20-21

Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference

The conference will be held Feb. 20-21 at Swan Lake Resort, 5203 Plymouth LaPorte Trail, Plymouth, Indiana. Visit ag.purdue.edu/extension/wia/pages/default.aspx for more information.

February 21

Shawano County Forage Council’s Forage Production meeting

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Main Event, 206 North Lemke St., Cecil, Wisconsin. Topics include manure applications, market outlooks and effects of mold and mycotoxins on animals. Cost is $15. Contact kimberly.kassube@ces.uwex.edu or 715-526-6136 for more information.

Your Farm’s Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Loopy’s Grill and Saloon, 10691 County Highway X, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The program is intended to help farmers plan and prepare for the future of their businesses. Cost is $15 per person. Call 715-232-1636 for more information.

InSight Dairy Series: Dairy Nutrition

The event will have a morning session and an afternoon session. The morning session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Alma’s Cafe, 751 Church St., Allenton, Wisconsin. The afternoon session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at UW-Extension Fond du Lac County, 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Featured presenters will focus on various aspects of nutrition. Program is free. RSVP by Feb. 19. Contact stephanie.plaster@uwex.edu or 262-238-8288 for more information.

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Organic University

The one-day program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Several in-depth courses will be offered. Visit mosesorganic.org or contact 715-778-5775 for more information.

Agronomy Day

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at The Five Pillars Restaurant, County Road K, Random Lake, Wisconsin. Learn about advances made to help manage white mold, herbicide-resistant weeds, and whether starter fertilizers and soybean-seed treatments provide a return on investments. Visit sheboygan.uwex.edu or call 920-459-5904 for more information.

Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 Generational Succession and Transition Subcommittee Teleconference

The teleconference will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room 456, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Contact Ashley.Andre@wisconsin.gov or 608-224-5002 for more information.

Feb. 21-23

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Organic Farming Conference

The conference will be held Feb. 21-23 at the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wisconsin. It will provide 66 workshops in six sessions as well as 170 vendors. Visit mosesorganic.org/conference or contact 715-778-5775 for more information.

February 22

Prairie Strips Seminar

The seminar will begin at noon Feb. 22 at 150 Russell Laboratories, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Lisa Schulte-Moore, a professor at the Iowa State University Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, will discuss research findings on prairie strips, in which small amounts of prairie are planted into corn and soybean fields to create environmental benefits. Visit www.cias.wisc.edu for more information.

Feb. 22-24

Wisconsin Holstein Adult Convention

The convention will be held from Feb. 22-24 at the Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Convention includes a tour of the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, a tour of Holschbach’s Cloveredge Farm new robot facility, a few speakers and more. Visit www.wisholsteins.com for more information.

February 25

Agriculture Land Values seminar

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the first-floor conference room, Dudley Tower of 500 1st St., Wausau, Wisconsin. Topics include current land values in Marathon County, how neighbors influence land prices, and renting land. Cost is $20 for members of the Partnership for Progressive Agriculture and $25 for non-members. Contact marathonppa@gmail.com or 715-581-7778 for more information.

February 26

Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 Price Volatility and Profitability Subcommittee Teleconference

The teleconference will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 in Room 411, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Contact Ashley.Andre@wisconsin.gov or 608-224-5002 for more information.

Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 Regulatory Certainty Subcommittee Teleconference

The teleconference will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 26 in Room 456, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Contact Ashley.Andre@wisconsin.gov or 608-224-5002 for more information.

February 27

Midwest Manure Summit

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, Wisconsin. There will be several featured guest speakers. Cost is $125 before Feb. 1 and $145 after Feb. 1. Visit midwestmanure.org or contact 920-391-4612 or elizabeth.binversie@uwex.edu for more information.

February 28

Wisconsin Produce Safety Advisory Council Meeting

The open meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 in Board Room 106 at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. Among topics of discussion will be the produce-safety administrative rule, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension training and outreach activities, Food Safety Modernization Act Legal Services Initiative updates, and on-farm readiness reviews. Call 608-512-9522 for more information.

Feb. 28-March 2

Commodity Classic

The Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 28-March 2, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. The convention and trade show is hosted by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Visit CommodityClassic.com or contact CommodityClassic@experient-inc.com or 800-465-0482 for more information.

March 1

Money Matters on the Farm workshop

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 at Green Lake UW-Extension Office, 571 County Road A, Green Lake, Wisconsin. The workshops will bring in experts to speak about grazing and profitability, business management, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other cost-sharing opportunities. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Visit www.goldensandsrcd.org or call 715-343-6215 for more information.

March 8-9

Ag LEAD Summit

The event will be held from March 8-9 at the Red Lion Hotel, 333 W. College Ave, Appleton, Wisconsin. Ag LEAD stands for leadership, engagement, advocacy and development. The summit will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about tools, resources, ideas and best practices when advocating for agriculture and conducting promotional events. Cost is $140 before Jan. 26, 2019, and $175 afterward. Visit wfbf.com/events/ag-lead-summit/ for more information.

Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference

The conference will be held March 8-9 at the Lismore Hotel Eau Claire, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Friday sessions will address hazelnut planting, management, harvest and processing of hazelnuts. Saturday sessions will address hazelnut-variety selection for the Upper Midwest and hazelnut initiatives. Register by March 1 for early bird discount. Visit https://www.midwesthazelnuts.org/coming-events.html for more information.

March 12-13

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. March 12 and conclude in the evening of March 13, 2019, at the Alliant Energy Center, Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wisconsin. The application-based professional development training will equip farmers and other industry professionals with the tools to effectively communicate, collaborate and lead more proficiently. Visit www.pdpw.org or call 800-947-7379 for more information.

March 13

Your Farm Future Program

The program begins at 10 a.m. March 13 at Green Lake County UW-Extension office 571 County Road A, Green Lake. Call 920-294-4032 for more information.

March 13-14

PDPW Business Conference and Hall of Ideas Trade Show

The event will be held March 13-14 at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wisconsin. The conference’s theme is “Dairy Forward” and will feature two days filled with world-renowned speakers presenting educational sessions and workshops. Visit www.pdpw.org or call 800-947-7379 for more information.

March 15

Money Matters on the Farm workshop

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at Waushara County Courthouse, 209 S. St. Marie St., Wautoma, Wisconsin. The workshops will bring in experts to speak about grazing and profitability, business management, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other cost-sharing opportunities. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Visit www.goldensandsrcd.org or call 715-343-6215 for more information.

March 20

Supporting Farmers During Challenging Times meeting

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 20 at Tundra Lodge, 865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, Wisconsin. The meeting is designed to help agribusiness professionals and agency staff feel more comfortable and confident working with families in distress, and to connect with others to provide support for the farming community. Call 920-391-4612 or 920-746-2263 for more information.

Your Farm Future Program

The program begins at 10 a.m. March 20 at Gateway Technical College, 496 McCanna Pkwy., Burlington. Call 262-767-2929 or 262-741-4951 for more information.

March 21

Clark County Dairy Promotion annual meeting

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. March 21 at Beavers Bar and Grill, 522 W. Mill St., Withee, Wisconsin. Somatic Cell Count awards will be presented. Contact 715-743-3569 for more information.

March 22-23

Allen Centennial Garden Spring Symposium

The event will be held at Dejope Hall, 640 Elm Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. The symposium will address emerging trends in horticulture and design. It also will focus on resiliency in the landscape. Visit https://uwccs.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/acg19symp/info/ExtraContent/ContentPage?page=4 for more information.

March 25-26

Hunger and Health Summit

The event will be held March 25-26 at Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The meeting is organized by Feeding Wisconsin and Wisconsin Local Food Network, and is presented by United HealthCare. Visit https://www.feedingwi.org/programs/conferences/2019_summit.php or call 608-960-4511 for more information.

April 3

Your Farm Future Program

The program begins at 5:45 p.m. Apr. 3 at the Amnicon Town Hall, 8985 U.S. Highway 2, South Range. Call 715-395-1547 for more information.

April 9-11

Nutrient Management Training

The program will be held April 9-11 at T&R Dairy Farm, LLC, N700 County Highway Q, Watertown, Wisconsin. Organized by the Soil Health Academy, the training will focus on ecological nutrient management. Visit https://soilhealthacademy.org/sha-watertown-wi or call 256-996-3142 for more information.

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. All other attendees may take advantage of an “early bird” rate of 20 percent off through Jan. 21, 2019. Visit CheeseConference.org 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 https://mosesorganic.org or call 715-778-5775 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.

May 1

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 https://mosesorganic.org or call 715-778-5775 for more information.

May 16

NextGen Expo

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 http://www.agbot.ag or contact agbotchallenge@gmail.com 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 and/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 http://www.agbot.ag or contact agbotchallenge@gmail.com 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.

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.

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 https://www.bio.org/events/bio-world-congress/register or call 202-962-6655 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.

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