State Interagency Training Committee
Conservation Training
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Coordinating an efficient approach for building a statewide team of well-trained conservation professionals that deliver best management practices for soil and water conservation
Results of Organic Focused Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs)
2:oo-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1
Online

David Redhage will discuss the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture's CIG which focused on establishment and management of native plants for native pollinators. Greg Fogel will discuss a collaborative project focused on integrating organic and sustainable production systems into NRCS programs and procedures, and to make NRCS programs more accessible to sustainable and organic farmers. Register for this webinar at  http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/results-of-organic-focused-conservation-innovation-grants
High Tunnel Systems
1:00.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2
Online

This webinar will present techniques that can be used in high tunnels to address salinity, pest management, and nutrient management issues in high value crops. Different cropping systems that can be used in high tunnels will be discussed. Nutrient management and irrigation water management will be presented as techniques that can address salinity issues. Another technique is temperature management to control pest outbreaks and improve crop growth within the high tunnel.  Join the webinar at http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/high-tunnel-systems
Field Day
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3
Evansville

Hear about roller crimping cereal rye at this field day, which will showcase use of this system for dark red kidney beans. Dr. Don Huber of Purdue will discuss herbicide interactions, and Joel Gruver of Western Illinois University will speak about diversity of cover crop seeds. Paul Dietmann with Compeer Financial will talk about finances, marketing and the organic transition years. To register, contact Mark at mark.r.doudlah@gmail.com
Pasture Walk
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3
Bueno Vista Wildlife Area, Portage County

Erin Grossman, WDNR Wildlife Technician, and Bill Kolodziej, Rancher/Grazing Specialist, are in their third year of a five-year project to utilize rotational grazing to improve wildlife habitat on the Buena Vista Wildlife Area. The project area consists of 320 acres of the central sands wildlife area. Contact Bill at william.kolodziej@co.marathon.wi.us or (715) 261-6038 to find out more.
Realizing your Farming Dreams
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4
Blanchardville

Are you ready to explore the first steps toward your dream of starting a farm? Do you have lots of ideas but need advice on where to start? Learn about:
  • Advice for beginning years
  • Organic certification
  • Farm diversification
  • Time management, self-care and farm-life balance
  • Value-added products
  • Farmstays and on-farm dinners
Register at  mosesorganic.org/august-4 or call (715) 778-5775.
Silvopasture Workshop
Friday, August  4  - Saturday, August 5
Soldiers Grove, WI/LaCrescent, MN

Silvopasture can provide economic and environmental benefits that complement regular forestry and open pasture production, such as shade for livestock and pasture, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects.  Go to  http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/agroforestry-education/silvopastureworkshop/ to register.
Land Ethics Leaders
Friday, August  4  - Saturday, August 5
Baraboo

Based on Aldo Leopold's own teaching method, " observe, participate, reflect," this two-day program prepares participants to connect wider audiences to Leopold's land ethic, and helps them deepen their own understanding of this idea. Attendees come away with new relationships, tools, ideas, and facilitation skills for articulating their vision; bringing their values into action; and inspiring others to do the same. More information is available at  https://www.aldoleopold.org/event/land-ethic-leaders-2/
Soil Health on a First-Year Farm
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Tuesday, August 8
Ferryville

During the farm tour, learn from the experience of a startup farmer.  The tour will cover:
  • Issues encountered in converting a depleted hayfield to regenerative multispecies grazing
  • Practical use of Pasture Map Ā© software
  • Infrastructure design for a grazing system on hilly terrain
  • Measurements of pasture soil health
For more information, contact Robert Bauer at 
robert.bauer@swbadger.org 
Geology/Soil Mechanics Training
August 8-9
Washington County

The first day will be a brief refresher of Soil Mechanics I and then some field time looking at soil borings. The second day is looking at additional soil borings at another location and discussing how you should interpret what you find in your soil borings. This training is for individuals who are designing/planning waste management practices as well as for people who just want to know more about geology.  This class is being taught by the NRCS state geologist, Tim Weisbrod. Register with Beth at beth.peterson@wi.usda.gov  Exact times and location will be sent closer to the class date to the class list.  
Planning for Success with Cover Crops Field Day
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, August 9
Lancaster

The field day will include presentations on cover crop species selection, seeding methods, herbicide considerations, forage value of cover crops including grazing and winter rye following silage corn, and an update on local cover crop incentives. Following the field day attendees are welcome to tour plots featuring cover crops interseeded into corn. The address of the research station is: 7396 WI 35 & 81, Lancaster. No advanced registration is required, and the field day is free.  
Growing a Grazing Dairy Farm with the "Zone Program"
1:00-3:00 p.m
Thursday, August 10
Athens

Matthew and Tabitha Hartwig purchased an existing grazing dairy farm in 2008. They started with 145 cows and 80 heifers on 175 acres of pasture. They have grown to 175 cows and 120 heifers on 400 acres of pasture. They are using the "zone program" for nutrient management which utilizes much less commercial fertilizers and relies more on improving the soil biology.  For more information, contact Bill at  william.kolodziej@co.marathon.wi.us or  (715) 261-6038.
Cover Crop Field Day
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11
Mt. Sterling

The field day will include
presentations on nitrogen credits from cover crops, using
cover crops for weed suppression, cover-cropping methods
at the Aspenson farm, and an update on local cover
crop incentives. Lunch will be provided but registration
is required. RSVP by calling Sarah at (608) 637-5480. 
Anaerobic Digestion Systems
1:30-2:40 p.m.
Friday, August 11
Online

When most people think of anaerobic digestion systems, they think about the cost of the start-up of such systems. In this webinar, presenters will discuss opportunities and the value of these systems as well as the challenges that may come along when using an anaerobic digestion system. We'll look at improving the economic feasibility of anaerobic digestion on dairy farms as well as discover innovative business models that are in use in the United States through the AgSTAR program. Finally, we'll take a look at how developing regions are using small scale digesters to produce a more reliable energy source. Register at https://learn.extension.org/events/3142
Lake Michigan Day
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11
Manitowoc

This year's event will examine how we can collectively  champion Lake Michigan and further enhance Great Lakes literacy across private and public sectors. Our keynote speaker is Cameron Davis, former Obama Administration liaison to Congress on Great Lakes issues. A Mayors' panel led by former Racine Mayor John Dickert, now executive director of the St. Lawence Great Lakes Cities Initiative, includes Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada, Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen, and Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels. An optional boat tour will explore the Manitowoc River and near shore areas of Lake Michigan with preregistration required.  To find out more, go to  http://lnrp.org/calendar/ 
Seed Quality, Harvesting, and Equipment
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15
Online

Deciding when and how to harvest seed can be one of the most tenuous steps that will ultimately impact the yield and quality of your seed crop. This webinar will cover basic principles for determining the optimum timing of harvest and guidance on how to harvest either by hand or with equipment. Presenters will also cover tips and tools for preliminary threshing and drying post harvest and addressing inclement weather during the harvest process. Register in advance at https://learn.extension.org/events/3101
On the Road to Soil Health          
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16
Pickett

Topics include:
  • No-till with cover crops
  • Interseeding of no-till corn with cover crops
  • Herbicide and nitrogen planning with cover crops
  • Rain fall simulator
  • Soil compaction impact on soil health

Contact Sheila Smith for more information at ssmith@co.winnebago.wi.us or (920) 232-1950.

Agronomy Field Day - Managing Nitrogen for Maximum Returns 
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16
Sheboygan Falls

This field day will include:
  • Key ways to control nutrient and soil loss from your farm
  • Reducing the risk of N losses by splitting N applications in corn
  • What stages of corn plant growth use the most N?
  • How late can we apply N and still get an economic return
  • Plot walk looking at different N application timings
  • Breakout with company representatives
More information including registration details can be found at  http://sheboygan.uwex.edu/files/2017/07/Agronomy-Field-Day-Brochure.pdf
Soils, Water, and Big Data Field Day
Noon-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 17
Janesville

Join UW Discovery Farms at Roger Rebout & Sons Farm to step inside a soil pit, hear about the latest in big data and unmanned aerial vehicles, and learn about results from UW Discovery Farms' first cash grain monitoring site. The event is free with a noon meal included. CEUs will be available.  Please RSVP by August 10 to Savannah Williams at (715) 983-5668 or will4653@umn.edu
Aquatic Vascular Plants ID & Ecology Workshop
Friday, August 18 - 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, August 19 - 8 am.-3 p.m.
Saukville

The workshop will emphasize the identification of common submerged and floating-leaved vascular plants of Wisconsin.  On Friday, Dr. Gerber will present an introduction to the evolutionary relationships of the major aquatic plant families and genera, and discuss their characteristics.  He will also discuss hard-to-distinguish taxa, invasive aquatics, and problematic species complexes.  On Friday afternoon and Saturday you will visit a variety of local aquatic habitats where we will emphasize the use of plant keys for aquatics, discuss the ecology of aquatic plant communities, aquatic plant evolution, phytogeography and taxonomic problems in important genera. For more information and to register, visit http://uwm.edu/field-station/workshops/summer-workshops/
Pasture Walk
10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 22
Soldiers Grove

During the pasture walk, hear about conversion of cropland to pasture under the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Pollinator Program: discussion of species planted,  lessons learned and experience with the EQIP program. For more details, contact Vance Haugen at vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu or (608) 326-0223.
Organic Dairy Pasture Walk & Soil Health Demo
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 23
Columbus

First Justin Morris, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist, will lead a demonstration on soil health in pastures. This hands-on demonstration will show aggregate stability and infiltration.
Using soils from different fields on the farm, Justin will run the rainfall simulator.  Then an Organic Valley  field specialist will take you on a tour of the pastures to discuss pasture renovation and species selection. Contact Jennifer for more info at 
blazek.jennifer@countyofdane.com or call (608) 224-3717.
Soil Quality Leads to Water Quality Field Day
10:00 a.m. -Noon.
Thursday, August 24
Brandon

Visit with staff at various themed stations to see:
  • Buffer cropping
  • Cover crop systems
  • Manure runoff management systems

You will also hear about nutrient management utilization and conservation systems. Registration is preferred but not required at fdllcd@wi.usda.gov or (920) 923-3033 ext. 3.

Adding Organic to Large-Scale Farms
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 24
Grand Marsh

The Wallendal family manages 3,200 acres of diversified crops,and is in the process of transitioning around a third to organic production. Learn about imaginative crop rotations, managing a parallel operation (conventional/organic), strip tilling, navigating the organic transition process, farm transfer to the next generation, cultivation and fertility practices, and on-farm research. Registration and more information can be found at  https://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/aug-24/
ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings
6:30-8:30 p.m.
August 28, 29, 30, 31
Various Locations

ACE (Agricultural Community EngagementĀ®) On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings are an opportunity to bring together local community leaders and dairy producers to learn together and discuss important issues. Attendees be treated to a 60-minute tour of the hosting dairy, followed by open dialogue and ice cream. The discussion will provide a platform for open communication about issues important to our communities. This will be an important opportunity for you to connect with Wisconsin dairy and livestock industries, listen to the viewpoints of community leaders, and elected officials. For additional information, email mail@pdpw.org or call (800) 947-7379. 
Byodynamic Principles and Practices
6:30-7:30 p.m
Wednesday, August 30
Online

In this webinar, we will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible, build soil organic matter, revitalize landscapes, and protect the climate by bringing more carbon into the living realm. Find out how to participate at https://www.biodynamics.com/webinar-info
Building Relationships and Meeting Needs of Small Farming Operations
1:00-2:00 p.m
Wednesday, August 30
Online

Participants will learn about strategies and techniques to address the needs of small farming operations such as:
  • Getting to know the customer
  • Delivering services according to knowledge about the client's individual circumstances
  • Accessing other resources that can support the business development and planning
  • Giving special care to communicating alternatives so client understands them
  • How to bring up issues and concerns the client hasn't mentioned
  • Delivering information that could disappoint without damaging the relationship
  • Partnership building
Join the webinar at  http://www.climatewebinars.net/webinars/building-relationships-and-meeting-needs-of-small-farming-operations
Introduction to Holistic Management Online Course
August 30-October 4
Online

You'll develop a whole farm (holistic) goal which clearly articulates the vision for your farm/ranch, the organizational structure, and the resources available. Incorporate a triple bottom line analysis filter to help you make decisions more effectively. Learn the principles of how nature functions and understand how tools affect ecosystem health.  Register at https://holisticmanagement.org/training-programs/#online
UPCOMING CONFERENCES

North American Manure Expo
August 22-23
Arlington

Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference
September 24-26
Wisconsin Dells

World Dairy Expo
October 3-7
Madison
 
Food, Land & Water Conference
October 16-17
Elkhart Lake

Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE) Annual Conference
October 19-21
Mequon

ESRI WI Users Group Conference
Green Bay
October 26-27


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