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Renovating Old Farms Fall Graziers Conference, Oct 22

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The Northwest Wisconsin Graziers Network and UW-Extension is inviting anyone to attend this year’s fall conference in Siren from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 that will focus on renovating old farms.

The conference will be held at the Tesora Restaurant and Conference Center in Siren, 23985 State Road 35 South, at the corner where Hwy 70 turns west toward Grantsburg.  Registration and the trade show will start at 8:30 a.m.

Topics will include cash flow, soils, facilities, fencing, water systems and bees.  This conference should be of interest to new farmers, part-time or full-time operators, low-income startups, graziers or non-graziers. 

Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial will discuss small farm startups, cash flow and beginning farmer finances.

Dr. Mike Travis of UW-Extension will talk about rebuilding old soils. Dr. Dave Kammel, UW Ag Engineer, will discuss renovating old buildings and other livestock handling facilities.  Matt Dobberstein of the Burnett Dairy Cooperative will talk about nutrition and minerals on poor soils.  Randy Cutler of Cutler Fencing will discuss fencing and watering system options.  Gary Reuter of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab will talk about adding bees to your operation.

Burnett Dairy has generously provided financial support for the conference.

Advance registration for the Conference, due by Monday, Oct 17, is $20 and includes lunch, snacks and materials.  Late registration is $30.

For more information or to register, contact UW-Extension Ag Agents Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow at Spooner 715-635-3506, or Grazing Specialists Randy Gilbertson 715-520-2112 or Lynn Johnson 715-278-8778 for NW Graziers.


Resources on lead in home garden soil available in English and Spanish

A set of resources is available to help homeowners assess the safety of their home garden soil, particularly soil near older homes. The trio of documents, available in both English and Spanish, provides information about lead in home garden soil, how to take soil samples for analysis, and how to minimize potential lead exposure.

Depending on the risk level, suggested interventions include thoroughly washing produce, selecting lower-risk vegetable varieties, adding soil amendments, building raised garden beds and relocating the garden site.

The documents are available through the UW-Extension Learning Store at the links listed below. They can be downloaded and shared for free. They are also available as printed booklets for a nominal fee.

Resources in English:

  • Lead in Home Garden Soil: https://learningstore.uwex.edu/Lead-in-Home-Garden-Soil-P1774.aspx
  • Reducing exposure to lead in your garden soil: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Reducing-Exposure-to-Lead-in-Your-Garden-Soil-P1773.aspx
  • Sampling Lawn and Garden Soils for Analysis: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Sampling-Lawn-and-Garden-Soils-for-Analysis-P370.aspx

Resources in Spanish:

  • El plomo en la tierra de huertas domesticas: https://learningstore.uwex.edu/El-plomo-en-la-tierra-de-huertas-domesticas-P1809.aspx
  • Reducción de exposición al plomo en la tierra de su huerta: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Reduccion-de-la-exposicion-al-plomo-en-la-tierra-de-su-huerta-P1808.aspx  
  • Cómo obtener muestras de tierra de céspedes y huertas para análisis: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/como-obtener-muestras-de-tierra-de-cespedes-y-huertas-para-analisis-P1807.aspx.


PDPW to hold Food & Policy Summit

The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be hosting the PDPW Food & Policy Summit on October 25-26, at the Sheraton Hotel, Madison. This cutting-edge event will bring together dairy farmers, processors, regulators and allied industry to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities facing today’s dairy operations.

The first day will be dedicated to the voices driving policy and will feature Keynote speaker Ben Brancel, the Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Secretary Brancel will share thoughts on the agriculture industry, policies affecting agriculture, consumer trends and potential for the future.

Also on day one, a food panel representing Dean Foods, JBS USA, The Hershey Company and Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., will shed light on processors and food trends, while a consumer panel will highlight the driving factors behind consumer decision making.

Closing day one of the Summit, Scott Beckstead, of The Human Society of the United States (HSUS), will address their organization’s current expectations for the dairy industry.

Day two of the Summit will offer solutions to issues facing the dairy industry. Topics of discussion will include the use of animal antibiotics, led by Brian Lubbers, DVM, PhD; an update on National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) policies; and will highlight changes in the Wisconsin DNR regulations.

Participants will also choose from a series of breakout sessions to receive updates from various groups including Dairy Management, Inc., NMPF, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association’s (WVMA) Food Armor® program.

All dairy farmers and industry professionals interested in current trends driving policy changes are encouraged to attend this industry-leading training event. Those who register can choose to attend one or both days of the event.

To learn more about the PDPW 2016 Food & Policy Summit and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.