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Door-Kewaunee Demo Farm Field Day
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14

This field day will include: *Surface manure application on winter rye *No-till alfalfa into cover crops - how to set up fields with cover crops for next spring's planting *Multi-species cover crops after winter wheat *Edge-of-field monitoring *Interseeding alfalfa into corn *Multi-species cover crops into terminated alfalfa. Check out
Western WI Conservation Council Field Day and Harvest Recap
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 15

Attend this event to learn from a farmer panel about tillage types, yields, and cover crops. There will be a farmer shop talk about no-till planters and drill setup.  UW-Discovery Farms will present on nitrogen use efficiency.  To find out more, go to
Identifying and Addressing Watershed Water Quality Challenges
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15
Online OR Milwaukee

Presentations will cover the following topics: *WEF Stormwater Institute Initiatives with Congress and Regulatory Engagement *Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Update on the Upper Fox-Wolf and Wisconsin River TMDLs *Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust: TMDL Implementation Plan Development for Bacteria, TSS, Phosphorus (and More!) *Dane County Legacy Sediment Dredging to Protect Lake Mendota from Excess Phosphorus.   Register online by November 13 and find out more at
Wisconsin Women in Government
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15

Wisconsin Women in Government SE hosts a diverse group of leaders who will share their experiences and advice. These leaders blend a layered and nuanced approach to navigating a rapidly changing workplace and marketplace in very visible roles. Participants are encouraged to bring questions to facilitate a lively discussion. Go to  for more information and registration.
Taking the Lead-WCMA Women's Leadership Seminar
9:30 a.m-3:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16

This seminar provides an opportunity to come together to promote professional development, networking, and overall support for women in the profession. Everyone, regardless of gender or level in the organization, is welcome to attend! Check out
Water Insights
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Friday, November 16

I n recent years there have been increased efforts to develop landscapes using Best Management Practices or Low Impact Development with the intention to enhance resilience to flooding and mitigate degradation to aquatic resources. Dr. McPhillips will discuss efforts to understand stormwater management strategies including comparison of existing stormwater retention benefits from vacant lots. Find out more at 
Manure Sampling Considerations in Different Animal Production Systems
1:30 -2:40 p.m.
Friday, November 16

Manure characteristics vary by animal species and age and time of sampling. Farm management practices, i.e., manure handling and storage also influence manure characteristics. Sampling practices need to consider all these sources of variability to ensure manure land application rates follow agronomic recommendations. The guest speakers in this webinar will each address manure sampling challenges in different species and recommendations to reduce sampling error. More information can be found at h ttps://
Market Management, Dairy Forecast
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21

Economist Dan Basse will discuss what's in store for 2018 and the forecast of the U.S. dairy markets and global report. Register at
Out-wintering Pasture Walk
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28

Pasture walk topics include:
  • Selecting your out-wintering location
  • Out-winter setup and management
  • Bale ring use and residue management
  • Calculating forage requirements for winter feed
  • And much more!
For more information, contact Derrick at
Innovative Ways to Attract, Retain, and Engage Talent
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 29

Local governments need to be savvy and intentional about how they connect with the next generation. This presenter will cover ten ways to engage Millennials and Gen Z including successful talent attraction case studies and strategies to create connection in communities. His philosophy for community engagement starts with change everything and then create solutions that empower constituents to create the communities they envision. Go to
Is There a Best Way to Fertilize Corn with Nitrogen?
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Tuesday, December 4

I n this webinar, we will present findings from recent research examining the impacts of different combinations of N fertilizer sources, different timings of N application, use of loss mitigating technologies, and varying N placement techniques on corn N use and productivity. Check out
Benefits of Agroforestry in Transitioning and Organic Systems
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4

A groforestry can increase soil health, agroecosystem biodiversity, soil and total organic carbon, nectar/pollen/resin resources, reduces soil disturbance, increasing opportunities for agroforestry can reduce economic and ecosystem risks. This webinar will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating trees and shrubs into conventional and organic forests/farms in U.S. Temperate and Tropical resource settings.  Find out more at 
Targeted Runoff Management Grant Administration
9:00-11:00 am.
Wednesday, December 5

T he webinar will provide answers to frequently-asked questions and tips to avoid common errors and problems before they arise, preventing delays or complications with processing of your reimbursement requests. Topics to be covered include:

- Understanding when and how to submit reimbursement requests;
- Determining the final deliverables required by your grant agreement and obtaining approval of deliverables;
- Preparing to enter into a cost-share agreement with landowners and operators, while understanding your obligations as the grantee;
- Adjusting to potential changes to the project scope, budget, or timeline, including submitting substitution, amendment and/or variance requests;
- Understanding the difference between project activities that are ineligible and eligible for reimbursement; and
- Writing satisfactory letters of compliance.

CRISPR-Cas: Abundant Potential for Agriculture
Wednesday, December 5

CRISPR-Cas is a breakthrough in biology with the potential for a wide range of applications. For agriculture it represents a more efficient and targeted way to improve plants and help farmers produce more and better food with fewer resources. Join to discuss possible applications of CRISPR-Cas technology such as crops with higher yield, plants with improved disease resistance, produce with longer shelf life, and food with improved nutrition. Go to  to find out more.
Local Government Regulation of Nonferrous Mining - Unearthing Your Options
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 11

Toward the end of the 2017 legislative session, Wisconsin ended its nearly 20-year moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining in the state. In doing so, the Legislature recognized a shared responsibility between state and local governments in the regulation of mining. Mining presents unique land use regulatory issues and it is important for local government policy makers and administrators to understand what regulatory tools are at their disposal and how those tools may be used when it come to considering, approving, and monitoring a nonferrous metallic mine. The presenters in this session will provide an overview of the regulatory tools and provide perspective on how various towns and counties have chosen to proceed. Go to
Understanding Microinvertebrates
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11

Scrapers, shredders, gatherers, filterers, and predators, OH MY! In this presentation, Kris Wright will explain the importance of aquatic invertebrates and help you understand their diversity and functions in the environment. You will come away being excited about macroinvertebrates!  Register online at
North Central WI Outwintering Walk
Noon-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11

Topics for discussion will include seizing direct marketing opportunities and having market diversity in what you raise. Another discussion topic will be organic crop production. We will also take an outside walk and look at the outwintering strategies utilized by the Brandt's with their beef herd (Dress appropriately). A light lunch will be served at noon with the speaker discussion portion getting started shortly thereafter. For comfort, the main portion of our event will held inside a garage. To find out more, go to 
Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11

Grassfed dairy farms often seek alternative energy sources to maintain or improve cow health and productivity, and farm profitability. Molasses is one of the few energy sources allowed under grassfed labels; however, few recommendations were available for farmers. This webinar will present a summary of research from the USDA-ARS, USDA-NRCS, and the University of New Hampshire that evaluated the use of molasses in grassfed dairy systems that was conducted as a result of farmer questions regarding molasses supplementation. Go to
Lessons Learned and Water Saved Through Metering Irrigation Water
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District is a wholesale water provider in Northern Utah that provides drinking water to a population of over 620,000 people, water for industrial uses, secondary irrigation water for residential and commercial properties and agricultural irrigation water. David Rice will present an update of what they have learned in the process of metering these connections. Up until 2010, the pressurized secondary irrigation water was unmetered and users were charged a flat rate for water allocated to their parcel. In 2010, the District began to install meters and provide users with a monthly report on their usage in comparison to an estimated need based on parcel size and weather data. The results have been significant in reductions considering prior to meter install there was no knowledge of use. Metering is now a top priority to be able to meet long-term conservation goals and bring accountability to end users. To find out more, check out
Soil Balancing: The Questions Matter
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12

"You don't know enough to know what you need to know." This recent recollection by a farmer after their encounter with a more experienced one reminds us that the questions matter . Much is said, written, and claimed about Soil Balancing but all is still not clear about it. If there is to be a more useful knowledge base about Soil Balancing-shared by farmers, consultants, and researchers alike-new questions and new ways of addressing them must be shared and accepted by many. Join us to discuss and shape where investigations of Soil Balancing should go next and how. Go to
Grassfed Dairy: Opportunities and Challenges in this Rapidly Growing Market
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12

This presentation will cover the recent history and rapid growth in grass-only milk markets in the U.S. In addition, preliminary data that highlights the range of production/management systems on these dairy farms will be presented. Finally the webinar will share goals and objectives of the newly funded USDA OREI grant led by UVM, UNH, USDA ARS, and Tufts University to further explore grass only dairy in the U.S.  Check out
313 et. al. Waste Management Standards Conference Call
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18
Conference Call

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Growing for the Future
December 3-6

County Conservationist Meeting
December 6-7
Wisconsin Rapids

Perennial Farm Gathering
December 7-8
One Water Action Forum
December 11-13
Indianapolis, IN

UW Discovery Farms Conference
December 12
Wisconsin Dells

PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit
December 19-20

National No-Tillage Conference
January 8-11
Indianapolis, IN

Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
January 15-17

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24-26

Emerging Farmers Conference
January 25-26
St. Paul,MN

WI Farmers Union 88th Annual State Convention
January 25-27

WI Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference

GrassWorks Grazing Conference
January 31-February 2
Wisconsin Dells

Soil Health Conference
February 4-5
Ames, Iowa
NASECA-WI Annual Conference & Trade Show
February 6-7
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
February 20
Stevens Point

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