The 15th Annual Midwest Value Added Agricultural Conference (MVAAC) is taking place January 23-24th, 2014 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. This year, the MVAAC will include an NCR-SARE Farmers Forum with presentations on hop production, using medicinal herbs as alternative cash crops, using forest biomass to create a wildflower nursery, and eliminating buckthorn with goats. Here is more information about the NCR-SARE Farmers Forum presentations:
- Eliminating Invasive Buckthorn with Goats, an Ecological and Habitat Restoration Study, presented by Kim Hunter,of Fossil Ridge Farm; The Green...
When Clare Hintz, Rachel Henderson, and Erin Schneider noticed the lack of knowledge and availability about non-traditional perennial berries in their areas within the midwest, they were on a mission to make currants, honeyberries, and elderberries household names.
In conjunction with an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant project, these three women are holding a "Currant Events Festival" at Hilltop Community Farm in LaValle, WI on July 13 from 10 am-2 pm. They invite their participants to celebrate these special fruits with tastings, orchard tours, a pie contest, live music, and of course...Read More
On Saturday, June 22, SARE grantee Matt Sweeny, of Simple Earth Hops, will be hosting a 2013 Hop Growers Roundtable at Simple Earth Hops, 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
This commercial hopyard event will feature:
- 9am-Noon, two hops presentations by Matt Sweeny titled: "Marketing Hops" and "Sustainable Hopyard Establishment"
- Noon-1pm, a reception
- 1-3pm, a hop growers forum discussion with a panel of 2 commercial hop growers from Wisconsin
Tickets are $45 per attendee. Order tickets online at http://2013hops.eventbrite.com/#.
Simple Earth Hops operates a 1/4 acre...Read More
This story features NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant recipient and Iowa State University graduate student, Stefan Gailans, and his work on investigating different crop rotations that include canola and winter cover in order to provide farmers with recommendations about establishing alternative systems in Iowa.
Source: Iowa Farmer Today, Gene Lucht
AMES — Imagine an Iowa that is not completely brown and drab in November and March.
That is the Iowa Mary Wiedenhoeft and her fellow researchers at Iowa State University are checking out through their experiments...Read More
Source: Edible Madison, Vanessa Herald
This story features NCR-SARE grant recipient, Julie Engel, and her Coney Garth rabbits. With her SARE project, Engel developed a system for raising rabbits on pasture and built handling equipment that consistently and efficiently herds her rabbit does in a stress-free manner.
“The rabbits and the project have stretched me way beyond where...Read More
The Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference will be holding its 14th Annual Conference December 12-13 at the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI. The event, which attracts over 300 individuals from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin is being presented by River Country Resource, Conservation and Development Council and Wisconsin Farmers Union.
The theme for the 14th Annual Event, "Cultivating Profitability," highlights the conference’s focus on creating sustainable and profitable agricultural systems throughout the Midwest.
The Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference is...Read More
A series of ten webinars is planned for this winter starting with a December 4th webinar.
This series of webinars is open to the public but pre-registration is required. If you don’t have access to internet, check under the descriptions below to see if your local University Extension office is hosting it. The topics covered include crop operations, dairy, swine/poultry housing, greenhouses, grain drying, lighting and irrigation. The series will start with a presentation giving an overview of world, US and local energy use and how we might reduce our need from a macro...Read More