Farm Workshops in Wisconsin

Announcing Michael Fields Whole Farm Workshops in Wisconsin, 2013  There are two upcoming workshops: “Farm Preservation in Estate Planning” on March 15 and “Financial Management Tools for Farmers, and anyone who dreams of being a farmer” on April 26. Click “read more” for details and registration information.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute's Whole Farm Workshops are held in East Troy, WI.  Please visit us at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for more information about these workshops and how you can be a part of sustainable agriculture.  Please read on for more information about two upcoming workshops: Farm Preservation in Estate Planning March 15 from 9 a.m. to Noon This workshop provides an overview of agricultural trends that can compel farm owners and families to explore estate planning options and preservation tools to help secure their farms for future farming opportunities. Learn about issue to consider as you begin to develop, communicate and implement a succession plan for your farm, and what preservation options, such as permanent conservation easements, are available to help you make the best decision for your farm's future. Also, hear how one local land trust leverages local, state, and federal funding to purchase agricultural conservation easements on several projects in the Madison region.  Register HERE. Instructors: Angela Curtes, Land Preservation Consultant Jim  Welsh, Executive Director-Natural Heritage Land Trust Joy Kirkpatrick, Outreach Specialist-UW Center of Dairy Profitability   Financial Management Tools for Farmers: and anyone who dreams of being a farmer April 26th  from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In this workshop we will explain the basic elements of a farm business plan including enterprise budget, cash flow plans, balance sheets, and other tools used in the financial management of a farm.  We will show how to use your business plan to obtain financing for your farm, whether it is through the USDA Farm Service Agency and its exciting new Microloan Program, or through a commercial lender such as Badgerland Financial. Register HERE. Instructors: Carol Nagel, Senior Farm Loan Officer, USDA, Farm Service Agency Paul Dietmann, Market Specialist, Badgerland Financial
  • Overnight accommodations available in our student dorm rooms, for a very reasonable fee. Please contact Jodie, (262) 642-3303 ext.128 orfarmandfood@michaelfields.org, for more details. Coffee, breakfast, and lunch available at Wild Flour Bakery, a short walk from our student housing.
  • CRAFT and FairShare members receive a 20% discount on all Whole Farm Workshops.
  • We sincerely hope that workshop registration fees do not keep anyone from participating in the 2013 Whole Farm Workshops. This is why we work hard to find scholarship money to cover the costs of anyone that is not able to pay. Please contact Jodie, (262) 642-3303 ext.128 orfarmandfood@michaelfields.org, regarding scholarship need.
Whole Farm Workshops 2013 are supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

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