Yahara Pride Farms will host its annual Watershed-Wide Conference on March 2 at the Comfort Inn and Suites in DeForest.
More than 100 farmers, agribusiness professionals, and community members are expected to attend this free educational event. The public is invited.
The event will highlight speakers on a variety of topics in modern sustainable agriculture. Experts from within the Yahara Watershed and across the state will share information that can be applied to farms locally and beyond.
UW-Madison Prof. Francisco Arriaga will start the morning sharing information about soil health. His research supports the development of management systems that promote crop productivity as well as soil and water conservation.
Extension Specialist Chelsea Zegler will share results of a study comparing the nitrogen availability and soil health benefits of different manure, biosolitds and combined compost products.
Chris Kopman, general manager of Newtrient, will discuss carbon credits and markets: future revenue streams for dairy. Newtrient was formed in 2015 by leading dairy cooperatives and companies with the mission of reducing the environmental footprint of dairy and making it economically viable to do so.
Yahara WINS will give a partner update and then representatives from Dane County will update farmers on the community manure treatment study.
Online registration is requested: https://forms.gle/7Mn1ZQcnaPEhGncv8
Thursday, March 2, 2023
DeForest Comfort Inn & Suites (North Star Conference Center)
5025 Co. Hwy. V, DeForest, WI 53532
10:00 a.m. | Registration
10-10:15 a.m. | Registration, networking
10:30 a.m. | Opening Presentation: Soil Health
11:15-11:45 a.m. | Results of a study comparing the nitrogen availability and soil health benefits of different manure, biosolids, and combined compost products
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Lunch
12:30 p.m. | Carbon Credits and Markets: Future Revenue Streams for Dairy
1:45 p.m. | Partner update: Yahara WINS
2:15 p.m. | Farmer Input on the Dane County Community Manure Treatment Feasibility Study
2:45 p.m. | Closing Comments