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The Ruffed Grouse Society to host fundraiser dinner in Fifield

The Flambeau River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 36th Annual Conservation and Sportsmen's Banquet on Thursday, October 20, at the Northwoods Supper Club, 14066 Flambeau Avenue, Fifield, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this event will be used to enhance habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife. The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectables.

Individual membership and dinner tickets are $60. There is also a membership and spouse package for $85 (includes 2 dinners) and a junior membership and dinner ticket is $25 (17 and under). Banquet, Conservation, Sustaining, and Gold sponsorship packages are also available at $275, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 respectively.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact: Tony Blattler - 715-332-5121 or blattler56@gmail.com.

Grant programs and financial options for farmers & food entrepreneurs

UW-Extension in partnership with the USDA, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will host a one-day Agricultural Grants Workshop at to help farmers learn about potential grants, as well as cost-share programs and other financing options.

Wisconsin farmers have used grants to develop value-added enterprises, try out innovative production and marketing techniques, and educate other farmers and the public about sustainable agriculture.  But figuring out whether a grant program is right for you and working through the application can be intimidating.  This workshop will discuss when grants make sense and cover ways to plan your project and strengthen your application. 

The workshop consists of five main components:

  • An overview of agricultural grants, grant writing and what makes a strong grant proposal.
  • A lunch-time presentation from a local grant awardee talking about his/her grant experience.
  • Description and overview of Ag Grants from grant managers for USDA Value Added Producer Grant, USDA-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, and Wisconsin’s Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant.
  • A hands-on group exercise that allows participants to review actual proposals and practice grant-writing.
  • Information on other financial options (such as FSA loans, traditional bank loans and NRCS cost-share programs) specific to Wisconsin.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy.  A registration fee of $15/person will cover the cost of lunch and materials.  For more information and to register, visit www.racine.uwex.edu or contact Leigh Presley at leigh.presley@ces.uwex.edu or 262-857-1948 or 262-767-2905.