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Crawford Stewardship Project

Are you a conventional farmer considering various options for increasing your farm’s profitability? Are you a beginning farmer looking for assistance?

Find answers to your questions at the Crawford Stewardship Project Farmers Forum on Tuesday, March 10 at the Wauzeka Village Hall, 213 East Front Street, Wauzeka, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch included.

This forum is tailored to farmers, but everyone is welcome

Speakers include:

• Nadia Alber of the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems to talk about how CIAS has assisted many conventional farmers over the decades, and trained many beginning farmers through their UW-Madison Beginning Farmer program

• Paul Dietmann, Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, talking about financing changes to your farm business plan

• Bert Paris, dairy farmer from Belleville, telling the story of his conventional dairy and its successful transition, starting in the early 1990s, to grazing and seasonal milking.

• Niman Ranch, Iowa branch, to talk about adding value through low-input hog finishing under their certification program. Niman Ranch is looking for growers at this time.

There will be discussion time with the speakers in a group setting.

Representatives and displays from several entities, including Organic Valley will be available.

Luncheon by Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Restaurant in Viroqua, food donations by Organic Valley, Kickapoo Exchange Cooperative and others.

A free will offering will be accepted.  RSVPs are appreciated but not required. To RSVP, email

For more information contact Jane Mussey at 608-538-3192.