Registration is open for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s third annual small-grains conference, “Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work,” which will take place Aug. 15-16 at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
The two-day conference starts at noon on Thursday, Aug. 15, and will feature:
· twelve breakout sessions on topics ranging from integrating animals into a small-grains operation to marketing, rebuilding the small-grains economy in the Midwest, agronomic issues and more
· a plenary by University of Wisconsin-Madison grassland ecologist Randy Jackson, who will speak on “The Case for Diversity: Extending the Crop Rotation”
· ample time to network -- including at a networking reception to help connect small-grains buyers and sellers with one another
· a closing plenary by John and Halee Wepking, of Meadowlark Organics near Ridgeway, Wisconsin, on bringing the next generation to the farm with small grains
Because training in small-grains production is hard to find, farmers interested in these crops are usually willing to travel long distances to attend these events.
A news release with more details is attached and copied below. The full conference program can also be accessed on our small grains conference webpage.
Please note that registration is required by Monday, Aug. 12 -- but those wishing to access the discounted hotel rate PFI has reserved must book their rooms by July 20.
Media personnel are welcome to attend to learn how small grains can benefit farm and rural economies and the environment, and to connect with farmers planting these crops.