People who operate small farms and those who would like to are invited to attend the North Central Wisconsin Small Farms Conference on Saturday, Sept. 17at the Palmquist Farm in Brantwood.
Small farms are the fastest growing segment of the agricultural economy in northern Wisconsin. This conference will help small farmers learn more about production practices, business management considerations, and marketing options.
Paul Dietmann, Director of the Wisconsin Farm Center at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, will deliver the keynote address: "Bigger isn't necessarily better; only better is better."
Other speakers during the program include University of Wisconsin-Extension farm legal specialist Phil Harris who will discuss farm business arrangements, taxes, and labor issues; UW-Extension beef specialist Amy Radunz; UW-Extension small ruminant specialist Claire Mikolayunas; and UW-Extension poultry specialist Ron Kean.
The program also includes a panel discussion featuring farmers from the region who are using novel direct marketing techniques that can be effective for small farms. Following the conference, participants are invited to tour the Palmquist Farm. However, the tour is optional.
The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch and program materials.
The cost to register for the daylong presentation is $25 per person..
For a conference brochure or for more information, please contact the Price County UW-Extension Office at 715-339-2555, the Rusk County UW-Extension Office at 715-532-2151, or the Taylor County UW-Extension Office at 715-748-3327.
You can also access the program information on the web at http://price.uwex.edu/ .
By Car: Get on Wisconsin's Highway 8 by the most expedient route from your point of departure.
If you're coming from the east: Drive to a point 20 miles west of Tomahawk. Turn north on River Road. Go one mile, turn right into our driveway.
If you're coming from the west: Drive to a point 12 miles east of Prentice. Turn north on River Road. Go one mile, turn right into our driveway.
Source: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension