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Silvopasture

The silvopasture list serve is a network of farmers, researchers, educators, and students interested in silvopasture. To subscribe send an e-mail to join-silvopasture@lists.wisc.edu. To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to leave-silvopasture@lists.wisc.edu.

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Beginning Farmer Institute

The Wisconsin Farmer’s Union has started a Beginning Farmer Institute to help beginning farmers develop leadership and farm management skills.  For more information on their program, head over to their website page about the Institute by clicking the button below.

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Farm Answers website

A new website designed to support beginning farmers and ranchers is now live and fully functional.  FarmAnswers.org is the USDA-NIFA beginning farmer and rancher (BFRDP) clearinghouse, providing resources to help you get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed. Here, farmers and ranchers can find online courses, videos, presentations, apps, […]

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Composting Mortalities

While not a part of farming that we like to think about, animal death happens.  How do you properly dispose of dead animals on your farm?  Cornell has a publication on composting animal mortalities that will show you how to get started. Cornell Publication on Composting Animal Mortalities

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Livestock Lessons: Are There Goats in Your Future?

There is no doubt that goat production is a hot topic in southwest Wisconsin. Over 300 people attended a recent goat seminar at Barneveld. Ground will be broken on April 18 for a new goat milk processing plant in Lancaster. Questions on goat management come into the Extension office on a daily basis. If you […]

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Livestock Lessons: A Fencing Primer

There are several reasons why a landowner might choose to construct a fence. Fences contain livestock and other animals, they can also exclude livestock and other animals, and in other cases the land owner might consider a fence esthetically pleasing. The options range from a single wire of electric to a 5 rail board fence […]

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Livestock Lessons: Keeping Your Place Bio-secure

Biosecurity is a word that we hear a lot from veterinarians and governmental agencies. But what is biosecurity and is it something that you should be worried about? Well, this is how I view biosecurity; it is taking measures to prevent the transfer of diseases from place to place and animal to animal. So what […]

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Livestock Lessons: Establishing Improved Pastures

Well established and managed pasture is potentially one of the most flexible forage crop options in the Upper Midwest. Pastures are adaptable to any size of dairy or livestock operation, and can provide substantial amounts of quality forage at low cost with good management. Proper establishment and subsequent management will greatly influence production and longevity […]

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Building a Sustainable Business

Building a sustainable business takes hard work, dedication, and planning.  “Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses” is a helpful resource on developing your farm business plan available in English and Spanish.  This book was developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture to help guide the […]

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Farmstays

Agritourism is an opportunity to diversify your farm business and potentially add money in your pocket.  More information on farmstays as an opportunity in agritourism is discussed in the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture’s book “Farmstay”.

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