Farm Ready Research Webinars Available

Farm Ready Research Webinars

Farm Ready Research is Extension’s agriculture winter webinar meeting series for farmers and ag professionals. Join the webinars to learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to farm management resources. Sessions begin December 2020 and run through April 2021. Review the program topics and descriptions, and register at:

Upcoming programs February – March:

Focus on Forage Webinar Series

  • Focus on Forage is a FREE, 7-part Extension webinar series highlighting research-based information and farmer strategies to optimize forage yield, quality, and profitability in Wisconsin.
  • February 3: Using small grains to fill a forage niche (Scott Reuss and Dr. Matt Akins)
  • February 10: Alternative forage strategies (Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems)
  • February 24: Alfalfa-Fescue mixtures for dairy forage (Dr. Jerry Cherney, Cornell University)
  • March 3: TBD

Focus on Forage webinars will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm from January 13th through March 3rd. CCA CEUs will be offered for each webinar. Webinars are free, but registration is required by 5 pm the day before the event at A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information on the Focus on Forage webinar series contact Ashley Blackburn, Nutrient and Pest Management Outreach Specialist, at

Heart of the Farm, Women in Agriculture, Coffee Chats

February 8th, How to Read and Understand Your Milk Check
Speaker: Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Center for Dairy Profitability and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension
Are you confused about what is printed on your milk check and what all the components are? Are you having difficulty reading your statement and knowing if the payments, particularly the premiums paid, are on par with what other producers are receiving. Dr. Stephenson will review where the numbers on your milk check come from and what they mean to your operation.

March 8th, Developing your Farm Product Brand
Speaker: Jenni Gavin, Gavin Farms, Reedsburg, WI.
Ever wanted to brand and market your farm’s product? Jenny Gavin will discuss how she and her husband developed a brand and began to market their beef directly to consumers. They just opened a farm store where they market their beef as well as other local food products. Jenni is very excited to share their story, how they created their brand and what it has looked like for them to market their beef locally.

Register online at: Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting. Registered participants will only need the meeting website link or phone number to participate. More information can be found on the Heart of the Farm website:, by calling your local UW-Madison Division of Extension County office, or contact Jenny Vanderlin,, 608-263-7795.

Division of Extension and DATCP Farm Center seeking farmers willing to discuss farm stressors and challenges

UW Extension and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Farm Center are partnering on a project to learn about farmers’/farm families’ unique challenges and stressors. This information will be used to teach health care and mental health care professionals about farm life and farm culture so they can better support their patients/clients in Wisconsin’s rural communities.

Farmers who are willing to participate will join a teleconference by phone. During the teleconference facilitators will ask a series of questions to generate discussion among the farmers on the call. The time commitment is approximately 1 ½ hours. Participants will be able to join anonymously, and the information and discussion will be kept confidential.

The two opportunities to join are:

    • February 16, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • February 18, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

If you are farmer interested in participating in one of these focus group teleconferences, please register by completing this online form: or contact Morgan Cavitt at, 608.224.5050. If you have questions, contact  608.224.5050 or, 608.263.3485

These farmer focus groups are part of the Wisconsin Farmer & Rancher Stress Assistance Network, a research project sponsored by USDA-NIFA 2020-70028-32728.

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