In addition, Dave Smith, a dairy manager with Elberta Valley AG from Elberta, Utah, will explain his standard operating procedures, guidelines, employee training and third-party auditing that he has implemented to manage animals in a manner that results in extraordinary animal care practices.
For more information, visit www.widba.com or call 920.213.7588.
Sheboygan County Forage Council plans hay auction
The Sheboygan County (Wisconsin) Forage Council will sponsor its next non-tested hay auction, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Chissy’s Restaurant in Waldo, Wis. Hay for sale needs to be at the auction site by 11:30 a.m.; the sale begins at noon. Visit: http://sheboygan.uwex.edu/
Minnesota ‘organic transition’ cost share funding applications due
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds growers of the Feb. 14 deadline to apply for the 2013 Minnesota Organic Transition Cost Share program.
The program helps farmers who are transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status. It reimburses part of the cost to work with a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, which typically lasts 36 months. Certifying agencies visit farms and verify that the farmers’ practices comply with federal organic regulations.
Farmers transitioning to organic can receive a rebate of 75% of these eligible costs. The maximum payment is $750/year for three years, or until they achieve organic certification, whichever comes first.
Application forms and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/organic or by calling 651-201-6012.
UW ag research stations to host visitation days
High school students exploring post-graduation opportunities are invited to visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marshfield and Lancaster Agricultural Research Stations in March and April.
These visit days offer a chance for prospective students to learn about the broad range of educational opportunities offered by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences four-year curriculum and Farm and Industry Short Course. Visitors will get a chance to tour the station and learn about research being conducted there. UW students from the CALS Ambassadors program will be on hand to answer student questions and talk about their own experiences.
Visit days will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Feb. 28 at the Lancaster station, and on March 28 at the Marshfield Station. A free lunch and ice cream are included.