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The Fields Report

March 2019

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“The politics that’s needed to prevent the climate catastrophe—it doesn’t exist today. We need to change the system, as if we were in crisis, as if there were a war going on.” Greta Thunberg, 2018,  the Sixteen-Year-Old Swede Climate Activist Who Is Demanding a New Kind of Politics

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Meet Esther Shekinah, MFAI Research Scientist

Dr. Esther Shekinah Durairaj, MFAI Research Scientist, assists with research and grant writing at the Institute. She earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Agronomy from India, and comes to the organization with more than 15 years of experience as an agricultural research scientist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. During her time at […]

Two New Research Briefs Available

Two newly published research briefs: “Sequential cover crops: do synergies or antagonisms exist between species?” and “Do cover crops pay? Positive yield response reduces net cover crop cost” are available on Michael Fields Institutes website. These concise publications summarize original Wisconsin Research and are intended to provide research results and related recommendations in a user-friendly […]

NRCS Announces Second EQIP Signup for 2019 Funding, Apply by May 17, 2019

Wisconsin farmers and landowners can apply now for a second round of USDA conservation funding. Angela Biggs, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist, announced farmers and forest landowners interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program need to apply by May 17, 2019, for funding in 2019.   Applications are being accepted at all USDA Service Centers in Wisconsin […]

Listing of Grant Resources

Michael Fields Grants Advising is a free service available to farmers, farmer organizations and institutions in the Upper Midwest region of the United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Our grants advisors are available to help identify appropriate grant programs to fit the client’s proposed project, […]

“Persistence” Mini-Documentary Highlights Midwestern Producers of Uncommon Fruit and Nut Crops

A new mini-documentary featuring Midwestern fruit and nut producers has just been released by the Savanna Institute, North Central Region SARE, and the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). Entitled “Persistence: Midwestern Farmers and their Uncommon Crops”, the fifteen-minute documentary explores the challenges, delights, and motivations of perennial fruit and nut producers in the […]


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