MADISON - The 56th annual Midwest Rural Energy Conference will take place in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Feb. 15-16.

The Midwest Rural Energy Council hosts the conference to provide education and research on rural energy issues to benefit farmers and other rural energy consumers, suppliers, organizations and agricultural trade associations, electrical equipment and allied industries, and government regulatory agencies.

Topics will be presented in two tracks: 1) farm wiring and electrical safety, and 2) energy issues on the farm.  

Speakers will discuss robotic milking, data from cow activity monitors, workplace personal safety, grid interactive thermal storage, LED lighting design, incentive programs for energy efficiency, biosecurity on livestock farms, community and utility-scale solar, the Brown County digester project, technical aspects of the electrical code, and dangers in the air on farms (manure gas, silo gas.)

Presenters include:

  • Kevin Janni and Abby Neu of the University of Minnesota Extension
  • John Shutske and Doug Reinemann of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joe McDonald of Vernon County Electric Cooperative
  • Stefan Salmonson of PROtective Services
  • Experienced registered professional electrical engineers.

A pre-conference workshop Feb. 14 offers training on stray voltage investigation.

For more information on the conference or to register online visit

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