Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture Conference

animals-1789577_1280_optThe Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture conference series is a UW-Extension program that is committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks. This conference will provide women with the opportunity to network with other farm women and learn about crop insurance, land rental agreements and the impact of pollinators in WI. Come and get your livestock health questions answered and taste delectable chocolates provided by ROOTS Chocolates of Wisconsin Dells. Conference begins with registration at 9:30 and will conclude at 3:15. The Workshop will be held at Three Bears Lodge in Warrens. Topics and Presenters Include:

What’s up with Pollinators and What Can You Do to Help? Patrick (PJ) Liesch, UW-Madison, Dept. of Entomology, Insect Diagnostic Lab. Whether we realize it or not, pollinators impact our everyday lives from the aisles of the grocery store to our Wisconsin farms. In this talk, we’ll take a look at the world of pollinators, see what’s affecting them, and learn what everyday people can do to help out bees and other pollinators.

Considerations for Written Ag Land Rental Contracts. Bill Halfman, Ag Agent, Monroe County. Bill will provide an overview of considerations to be included in farm land rental contracts to help tenants and landowners maintain positive working agreements and prevent problems.

All About Crop Insurance. Paul Mitchell, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Ag & Applied Economics, UW-Madison.  Dr. Mitchell will provide insurance information for all types and sizes of farms—from large cropping to direct marketing farms.

Ask a Vet! Dr. Gina Zastoupil, DMV, Tomah Large Animal Veterinary Service. Have your list of herd health questions ready so that you can get your answers in this session with Dr. Zastoupil.

Sweet Success. Lisa Nelson, Roots Chocolates, Wisconsin Dells.  From IT Management to Chocolate? Lisa Nelson will share the story of her sweet success through melding her love of chocolate with being a fourth generation farm owner to creating a career she loves through Roots Chocolates. Don’t forget to try some tasty samples!

Registration for the workshop is $10 per person.  To register, obtain a brochure, or for more information, contact: Monroe  County—Extension Office, 14345 Co Hwy B, Rm 1, Sparta, WI 54656, 608-269-8722. Registration deadline is December 2nd, 2016. Heart of the Farm is partially funded through a USDA Risk Management Agency grant.  This program is sponsored by the UW-Center for Dairy Profitability, UW-Extension Monroe County, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Badgerland Financial.

For more information on the Heart of the Farm Program contact: Jenny Vanderlin, jmvander@wisc.edu, 608-263-7795, or the website at: www.uwex.edu/ces/heartofthefarm.