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Dairy Revenue Protection Program 
January 3 - March 20
Locations Around Wisconsin

A number of meetings will be held across the state for farmers interested in learning about the new Dairy Revenue Protection program, a new federal insurance tool, with a quarterly payout to dairy farms when milk revenue falls below their insured revenue level.  Mark Stephenson Director of the UW-Center for Dairy Profitability will provide a comprehensive overview of the Dairy Revenue Protection program and updates to the FSA Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP), as another tool for dairy farmers when milk prices are low.  Important changes to the MPP have been introduced in the Farm Bill that may make this program worth a second look. Find out more at
Supporting Farmers During Challenging Times
9:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, January 9

This 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. The agenda includes:
  • Farm Finances: Analysis to Action
  • Coping with the Pressures of Farm Life: Tools to Support Those Struggling
  • Strategies to Deal with the New Financial Normal: Nutrition and Beyond
Register at by January 4.
Keeping Up with Changes in Wisconsin's Planning and Zoning Enabling Laws
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, January 9

Over the past several years, Wisconsin's legislature has enacted numerous laws impacting local planning and zoning. The laws address a variety of local land use practices including conditional use permits; nonconforming uses, structures and lots; vested rights; moratoria; development-related fees and more. This program summarizes those laws so local governments can review their ordinances and practices to insure they have not missed any of the changes and comply with the new laws. Go to
Future Water Priorities for the Nation
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9

Tune in to  hear from Ken Bradbury,  Wisconsin State Geologist and Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey , as he discusses the newly released National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report on future water resource priorities. Bradbury served on the consensus committee, and their report, titled,  "Future Water Priorities for the Nation" , provides guidance to the USGS Water Mission Area. The report features a list of critical water-resource issues or needs facing society and overviews the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies related to environmental sensors, remoted sensing, and storage and manipulation of massive real-time. Check out
Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10

Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register at

Cold Hard Facts
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15

Concerned about our rapidly changing climate here in Wisconsin and the recent reports about global climate change?  Learn how we can work together to address climate change and have some fun doing so.   Cold  Hard  Facts  puts you in the heart of the conversation while enjoying a climate change-inspired menu with Steve Ackerman and Stephen Carpenter, two distinguished Wisconsin scientists working at the leading edge of climate and sustainability. Go to
Separation Technologies for Capturing Nutrients from Manure
1:30-2:40 p.m.
Friday, January 18

Exporting phosphorus and possibly nitrogen from larger livestock operations as well as regions of large livestock populations is often essential for protecting water quality. Solids (and nutrient) separation technologies are an option for concentrating nutrients for export. This webinar will introduce three approaches to solids separation that are being applied in commercial settings.  Our three experts will introduce field experiences and case studies to help us understand the strengths and potential application of each of these promising separation systems. Go to
Watershed Specialist Training Program
January 22 - May 5
Online Course

The course has seven modules:
  • Institutions and Policy
  • Watershed Science
  • Civic Engagement
  • Communications
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Monitoring
  • Implementation Activities
  • Project and Program Implementation
The activities for each module have three goals: (1) describe the scope of the topic, showing how it integrates with other aspects of water resource work; (2) build skills that can be applied immediately; and (3) provide resources and foundational knowledge to support future learning. Find out more at
Robotic Milking Systems Performance and Efficiency
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday, January 28 
Elkhart Lake

The program will include
  • Robotic Facilities Design Considerations
  • Economics of Automatic Milking Systems
  • Labor Efficiency of Automatic Milking System Barns
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown - a panel discussion on a single robotic dairy farm along with their lender and builder.
Farm Enterprise Budgeting 
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 (snow date Jan. 30)
Stevens Point

A simple enterprise budget is extremely beneficial to help producers assess the financial viability of their cropping systems. The goal is not to perform an all-inclusive financial plan for the farm; it is to help them make basic, simple decisions regarding their various farm enterprises. If we show them the numbers and how conservation can pay, it seems to go a long way towards us "selling" conservation. We will run through various scenarios and practice running an enterprise budget. The focus will be on a using a corn budget and grassfed beef budget. 4.5 Professional Development Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered. Check out  or c ontact Penny at   f or more information.  
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Workshops
February 4 - Green Bay (a.m.)
February 4 - New London (p.m.)
February 5 - Manitowoc (a.m.)
February 5 - Fond du Lac (p.m.)
February 7 - Jefferson 
February 8 - Dodgeville
February 12 - Marshfield
February 13 - Rice Lake

Attend for information on staying in compliance with your permit. These update meetings are specifically for WPDES permitted CAFO owners and managers, nutrient management plan writers, and engineers. Find out more at
Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil - Healthy Water Annual Workshop
February 6-7

Day One: Keynote speaker Steve Groff will discuss how to be effective with cover crops. Afternoon session will consist of a discussion of cereal rye.

Day Two: Continuation with Steve Groff consisting of more advanced discussion of cover crops and Q & A session.

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NACD North Central Region Meeting
January 7-8

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

Minnesota Organic Conference
January 10-11
St. Cloud, MN

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers
January 11-13

Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
January 15-17

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Winter Workshop
January 18-20

Powering Local Leadership Summit
January 24-25

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24-26

Wisconsin Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference
January 25
Emerging Farmers Conference
January 25-26
St. Paul, MN

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

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
January 27-29
Wisconsin Dells

Esri Federal GIS Conference
January 29-30
Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo
January 31-February 1
Wisconsin Dells

GrassWorks Grazing Conference
January 31-February 2
Wisconsin Dells

Organic Vegetable Production Conference
February 1-2

Soil Health Conference
February 4-5
Ames, IA
Annual Driftless Area Symposium
February 5-6
La Crosse
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Grower Education Conference & Industry Show
February 5-7
Stevens Point

NASECA-WI Annual Conference & Trade Show
February 6-7
Wisconsin Dells

Midwest Forage Association, Wisconsin Custom Operators & Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin Symposium
February 18-20
Wisconsin Dells

Wetland Science Conference
February 19-21

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
February 20
Stevens Point

Midwest Cover Crops Conference
February 21
Springfield, IL

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 21-23
La Crosse

Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference
February 25-28
Chicago, IL

Midwest Manure Summit
February 27
Green Bay

American Water Resources Association Conference
February 28-March 1

Watershed Conference
March 5-6 
Green Bay

Dairy Forward-PDPW Business Conference
March 13-14

WI Land+Water Annual Conference
March 13-15
Lake Geneva

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WI Land+Water hosted Webinars

Groundwater Webinar Series

Keeping Forests Healthy in a Changing Climate

Land and Water Resource  Management (LWRM) Plans



DATCP Videos

DNR Videos

AgrAbility - Purdue University
Partner and Other Training Websites
Dept Natural Resource
Living Soil Documentary  (technology training)
National Conservation Planning Partnership "What Works in the Field"

Science & Technology Training  Library
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