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CASCO - Peninsula Pride Farms will hold its conference and annual meeting Jan. 31 at the Rendezvous Banquet Hall in Luxemburg, the farmer-led conservation group announced.

The event will showcase speakers on a variety of topics in modern sustainable agriculture. Experts from within the Door-Kewaunee Peninsula area and across the state will share information that can be applied to farms locally and beyond.

More than 100 farmers, agribusiness professionals and community members are expected to attend this free educational event. The public is invited.

The conference will include a keynote presentation about farmer leadership in conservation as well as best-practice discussions with local farmers, extension professionals and industry representatives.

Steve Richter, director of conservation programs in Wisconsin for The Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation about how farmers are making a difference in the world through their leadership in conservation projects in the state. His presentation will also include insight on how the Conservancy works with farmers, and where agriculture fits among global challenges like climate, food and a growing population.

As part of his role with the Conservancy, Richter is one of the key partners in the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance, which formed in 2016.

A presentation and discussion by the Peninsula Pride Farms board of directors about current projects and future initiatives will precede lunch. Updates will include the Water Well program, conservation farming best practices and a summary of Peninsula Pride Farms conservation statistics. Future initiatives, such as fundraising needs, community partnerships and member engagement, also will be discussed.

The event will also include lunch and several field updates from Peninsula Pride Farms resource managers and the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farms program. The public conference will conclude at 1 p.m. A members-only business meeting will follow from 1-2 p.m.

Sponsorships are available for qualifying agribusiness, conservation and community partners. Go to peninsulapridefarms.org for the complete schedule. Online RSVP is requested by Jan 24.

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