Yahara Pride Farms will hold its annual Watershed-Wide Conference on March 5 at the Comfort Inn and Suites in DeForest, Wis. The event will showcase speakers on a variety of topics in modern sustainable agriculture. Experts from within the Yahara Watershed and across Wisconsin 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.
A presentation by Yahara Pride Farms field consultant Patrick Murphy and resource manager Dennis Frame will update farmers on current programs.
Information will be distributed to farmers on how to enroll in the 2020 cost-share program and what will be offered. Farmers will also be able to sign up to use the manure tanker, tractor and low-disturbance manure injection toolbar purchased in partnership with Dane County, Yahara Watershed Improvement Network and Clean Lakes Alliance. 2019 cost-share checks and performance summaries will be distributed.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Kyle Minks with the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department will provide an update on ongoing county initiatives designed to move conservation forward while protecting the area’s rich agricultural heritage.
A keynote by Mark Aquino, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary director, will focus on the DNR’s relationship with the farmer-led watershed movement and how the agency views this collaborative model as a way to make environmental progress.
There will be an expert panel of farmers who will discuss conservation best practices and lessons learned. The panel will touch on manure application, composting, and unique applications of cover crops and conveyance systems.
Finishing out the day will be a presentation from Kevin Shelley from the University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management Program about the environmental and economic impacts of planting overwintering cover crops after corn silage.
In addition to presentations, the event will include lunch sponsored by Compeer Financial and a snack break sponsored by Endres Insurance.