A time for thanks and giving 

The Fields Report

November 2018

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You can change the terms, you can change the allowable limits, you can do the risk assessment - all these things - but in the end, the fact is that you and I drink that water. You and I breathe that air. You and I live here.
― Winona LaDuke

In this issue:

Industrial Hemp 2018: Lessons Learned

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Turtle Creek Gardens invite you to join the conversation Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 9:00 am – 12 pm, $20 Registration. Purchasing seed/clones – Planting & Growing - Harvesting & Storage - Panel of Local Growers & DATCP 2019 Hemp Production. Let's work together […]

Post-Election Farm Bill Updates

To many producers and conservationists, the midterms were critical for more than the many social issues that have captivated the news for months, as Congress has struggled to pass a new Farm Bill and the FY 2019 appropriations bill. Both bills inform the agricultural agenda and programs across the states […]

Growing for the Future

National Farmer Union’s Growing for the Future is a free online conference, Dec 3-6, 2018, specifically for beginning farmers and ranchers! Through farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, and an online resource center, the conference provides the tools you need to run a successful operation. The theme of this year’s conference is cooperatives[…]

Forum on Future of Farming

MOSES invites farmers, researchers, ag professionals, and other thought-leaders to apply to participate in an innovative, forward-thinking forum taking place Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 (the day before the MOSES Conference) in La Crosse, Wis. This event will bring together 100 change-makers in the organic community to identify current resources, opportunities, and future needs. […]

Farmer – Fisherman Dinner & Field Day

Nestled between the setting sun over harvested grain fields, a fire crackled in Folklore Village as smoke billowed over a cabin full of friendly, hungry faces. Fishermen from the Gulf of Mexico and farmers alike spent their afternoon laughing and cooking a meal for over one hundred guests interested in their story and work.[…]

On to Harvest

Now is the time to reap. The seeds we faithfully planted in the spring have produced. The newness and hope of the planting season have given way to a squirrelly feeling of “must finish harvesting before winter is upon us.” Harvest is in the present, in the now; […]

Sustain Dane Summit Live Forward Awards

Friday, November 2nd, Sustain Dane hosted their annual summit on the UW Madison campus. This year featured a keynote presentation by Victoria Barrett, various other interactive activities and conversations around sustainability and the environment, and presentations by this year’s Live Forward awardees. Michael Field’s Associate Policy Director, Devon Hamilton, was one of three recipients […]

Growing Sustainable Agriculture TOGETHER

Dear Friends of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, They say it takes a village to raise a child, but if we are to grow the sustainable agriculture movement it will take resources way beyond a village. Soil health and renewal is one of the key agriculture issues humanity faces in the next 20 – 30 years. […]

Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan Workshop

Featuring Laurie George & Zack Grant, U of I Extension; Thursday, November 29 from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. at McLean County Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704 - Early-bird Registration: $30 (through 11/18), $40 after (registration closes 11/27 @ 11:59pm). Register online at Food safety is of the utmost importance […]


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