The 2013 Discovery Farms Winter Conference will take place Dec. 11 at The Wilderness – Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells.
The one-day program entitled, "Ag at the head of the table: Innovative partnerships to address water quality targets" will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m. The $60 registration includes a noon meal and conference materials.
This event is a great forum to hear from and interact with people from many different perspectives.
Farmers have the chance to share their thoughts and experiences in conservation and water quality projects and the development of tools locally and statewide. Most importantly, farmers and their consultants will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback and insight on how current phosphorus management projects, tools, and regulations impact farm businesses.
All attendees will benefit from the discussion on how to use realistic expectations to gain success in implementation of management tools and projects statewide. Attendees will be encouraged to share their stories and critically think about how partnerships in local communities are beneficial to meet the water quality goals important to Wisconsin's agriculture community and our natural resources.
This year's speaker lineup includes two examples of farmers working with local partners in different watersheds, a national phosphorus expert, professional insight from legal counsel for farmers participating in water quality agreements, a project that includes a city teaming up with local farmers to improve water resources, and a discussion panel including all presenters. Continuing education credits will be five CEUs total with four in Soil & Water Management and one in Nutrient Management.
The following presentations will be offered:
■ Perspectives and Experiences related to adaptive management — Randy Herwig, Department of Public Works, City of Lodi, Pat Morrow, MSA Professional Services, Kurt Calkins, Columbia County Land and Water Conservation Department.
■ History and experiences with developing and using risk assessment tools to address water quality goals — Andrew Sharpley, University of Arkansas Department of Crop, Soil, & Environmental Science.
■ Considerations for water quality agreements — David Crass, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
■ Farmer groups address water quality locally — Jeff Endres, Berry Ridge Farms, Yahara Pride Farms.
■ The value of true partnerships on a county level — Jack Herricks, Herricks Dairy Farm, Cashton, Bob Micheel, Monroe County Land Conservation Department.
■ Education and Engagement, Verification and Implementation: Discovery Farms Watershed lessons — Amber Radatz, UW Discovery Farms.
■ Panel Discussion: Putting strategies and partnerships to work that address water quality and protect farm sustainability — Speakers from throughout the event.
Members of the sponsoring groups and associations will receive a discounted rate upon registration.
Conference sponsors include: Dairy Business Association (DBA), Daybreak Foods, Inc., Jennie-O Turkey Store, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants (WAPAC), Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA), Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF), Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA), Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA), and Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org/Education/2013WinterConference.aspx
or call 715-983-5668.