Take full advantage of the learning season

Originally published in the Kenosha News

By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley

Late winter is the prime time for conferences, trainings and other educational events for farmers, landscapers and home gardeners who are busiest during the rest of the year.

It’s the season for learning, planning and connecting.

Though many of us are eagerly looking forward to the sun and warmth of spring, there’s still a lot left of this learning season and many programs on the horizon.

Here’s a selection:

Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m.: Beef Quality Assurance Training Program in Whitewater. Beef and dairy farmers are invited to learn how to produce the highest quality beef and raise consumer confidence. Contact the Jefferson County UW-Extension office at 920-674-7295 to register.

Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference in Stevens Point. Learn about all things cover crops at this popular annual conference. Register at fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covercrop.

Feb. 25, 1 to 4:30 p.m.: Industrial Hemp Educational Meeting to help interested growers learn more about rules, regulations and other basics for growing industrial hemp for seed, fiber or cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Attend in-person in Green Bay or attend a live-streaming event at the Kenosha County Center. Visit kenosha.extension.wisc.edu or call 262-857-1948 to learn more.

March 9, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Spring into Gardening, a one-day event held at Central High School featuring presentations by area horticulture professionals. Melinda Myers will be the keynote speaker! Register at kenosha.extension.wisc.edu.

March 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Local Farmer Open House at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Connect with local farmers and learn about buying farm fresh products. More at urbanecologycenter.org/what-we-do/local-farmer-open-house.html.

March 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Your Farm Future workshop at Gateway Technical College in Burlington. This event will help farmers plan and prepare for the future of their business with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions. Call Kenosha County UW-Extension at 262-857-1948 to learn more.

March 22: The Fox River Summit at Veterans Terrace in Burlington is an annual gathering of organizations, municipalities, citizens and stakeholders from across the Fox River watershed. This year’s program will feature local farmers speaking on soil health. Learn more at www.southeastfoxriver.org/foxriversummit.

March 25, 1 to 4 p.m.: Regional Waterhemp Workshop in Janesville. This workshop is focused on identifying and managing waterhemp, a troublesome weed in many Wisconsin farm fields. Register with Nick Baker, Rock County UW-Extension at 608-757-5050 or nick.baker@ces.uwex.edu.

Save the date for our 2019 local youth tractor safety program June 17-22 in Burlington. Call 262-857-1948 to reserve a spot.