CENTRAL WISCONSIN FARM PROFITABILITY EXPO
Stay Tuned for News about the December 2021 Expo!
Purpose: Working to encourage profitable farming by building resiliency, diversifying farming operations, reducing inputs, and increasing farmer’s return on investment.
Best management practices like integrated pest management, managed grazing, cover crops and no-till farming are tools farmers can use to take advantage of what nature has to offer and increases self-sufficiency on the farm. A resilient operation can withstand extreme weather events, market swings and minimize financial stress.
We are an event planning committee made up of farmers, watershed group representatives, agency staff, and agricultural and natural resource specialists. The Farm Profitability Expo is a revival of the ‘Healthy Soil, Healthy Water’ events held in years past in Stevens Point. The planning committee came back together in the Winter of 2019 and added a few more partners to the table.
With 20 local partners contributing to this event, our goal is to find the best knowledge out there, bring it back home and make it applicable to farmers here in the central part of the state. We hope this ongoing event helps to address the specific barriers Central Wisconsin farmers are experiencing when it comes to adopting Best Management Practices.
Originally the plan was to hold a large, single day event, but due to the ongoing health concern, the committee has decided to shift to an online webinar series format.
Join us this Winter for conversations on what it means to farm profitability amidst today’s challenges. Engage in conversations with the farmers using the latest Best Management Practices and hear their first-hand experiences. Hear agricultural specialists share the tools and resources needed to break the cycle of conventional farming and transition to a truly resilient and profitable system.
Check out Videos from Last Year’s Virtual Learning Series via the YouTube Channel
Last Year’s Topics Included:
- “Planting Green” Presented by keynote speaker Rick Clark
- “Breaking the Cycle: Climbing the Ladder of Regenerative Agriculture” Presented by Jason Cavadini, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
- “Grazing For Profit” Presented by Aaron Pape. Northeast WI Technical College
- “Precision Ag & Conservation: Approaches to Turn Red Acres Green” Presented by Scott Stipetich, Pheasants Forever
- “Leveraging Covers and No-till to Help Remain Profitable” Presented by David Trimner, Miltrim Farms
- “Panel Discussion – First Hand Grazing Experiences & Perspectives” Presented by Peter Arnold, Jimmy Bloome, Evan Ensign, and Joseph Tomandl III, facilitated by Rachel Bouressa, Golden Sands RC&D
- “Silvopasture: does it make sense for your farm?” Presented by Diane Mayerfeld, UW-Madison
THE FARMERS OF MILL CREEK WATERSHED COUNCIL
The Farmers of Mill Creek Watershed Council is a DATCP affiliated Producer-led Watershed Group. Their purpose is:
“We are a group of farmers who have come together because we care about the soil, water and farmers. We’d like to demonstrate to the public that farmers are conservation leaders, and we care about our land and water.”
What is a Producer-led Watershed Group?
The Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides funding to Producer-led groups that focus on nonpoint source pollution abatement activities through the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program (PLWPG).
Program Goal: To improve Wisconsin’s soil and water quality by supporting and advancing Producer-led conservation solutions by increasing on the ground practices and farmer participation in these efforts.
Each application must come from a group of at least 5 farmers in the same watershed, collaborating with conservation agencies, institutions, or nonprofit organizations. There are 31 total projects that have been funded since the program’s inception in 2016.
To learn more about the DATCP producer-led Watershed Program visit the following website.