Peace to all beings

The Fields Report

December 2018

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” Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,' I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.”
U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken, on Juliana v. U.S.

In this issue:

Can you change your farms economic outlook in 2019 and beyond

I recently read an article debating where a company should spend marketing dollars. This debate centered around trying to increase current customer purchases versus bring new customers into the company. The main point of the article was it is cheaper to entice current customers to increase their product purchases by a few extra boxes, but […]

Good News, Bad News: 2018 Farm Bill Passage

After what can only be called a contentious process and protracted hiatus, the 2018 Farm Bill passed both houses last week and was sent to the President for signing, which he was expected to do, as of this writing. Overall, given the extreme political conditions under which it was negotiated, given the extremely bad House […]

Industrial Hemp License Deadline Extended

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s industrial hemp research pilot program requires both growers and processors to obtain one-time licenses, and register each year that they intend to plant/process industrial hemp. DATCP has extended the deadline to apply for 2019 licenses and registrations through March 1, 2019. More information on licensing, registrations […]

Inspecting Your Hive – Sunday, January, 6th

For new and experienced beekeepers alike, join as Andy Hemken of Hemken Honey Co. guides us through the process of a hive inspection – what to look for and how to know if your hive is healthy and thriving. With over 400 hives in Big Bend, WI, Andy has a great deal of experience keeping […]

Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

Friday, February 8, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Stone House, Silverwood County Park 771 Silver Lane, Edgerton, WI 53534 $25 Science-based pest management strategies to integrate beneficial insects back into crops, orchards and gardens for natural pest control. Skills & Objectives • The importance of beneficial insects — predators and parasitoids that attack insect […]

Job Announcement: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Director

Are you deeply committed to public service, experienced in administration and the field of sustainable agriculture, and would enjoy leading a passionate, high-performing, member-engaged, and collaborative organization that is dedicated to advancing racial equity in our work on sustainable agriculture and food systems policy. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is searching for a new Coalition […]

Horticulture Job Opportunities at UW Extension

University of Wisconsin Extension is seeking to fill two vital program positions that will serve Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Racine counties. 1. Horticulture Program Coordinator – supports the full range of program coordination for the Master Gardener Program, including volunteer recruitment, training, and management, and fostering community partnerships to expand Horticulture programming. Job description and online […]


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