Heart of the Farm – Online Coffee Chats

Extension’s Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture program will kick-off it’s statewide online ‘Coffee Chat’ series on Monday Nov. 9, 2020 at 10 a.m with a presentation by Wisconsin’s renowned rural historian, Jerry Apps. The ‘Coffee Chats’ will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) through March 2021. 

Register for individual sessions or the entire series at https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceirrzkvEtfMSLLljrhhSJFMymAHHUA4.

Full ‘Coffee Chat’ Series:

  • Nov. 9, 2020: Women in Agriculture – A Brief History; Speaker: Jerry Apps, author and rural historian. 
  • Dec. 14, 2020: Putting the ‘Me’ in Merry: Self Care Tips for the Holiday Season; Speakers: Jackie Carattini, Nancy Vance and Lori Zierl, Human Development and Relationship Educators, UW-Madison Division of Extension. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t always feel that way. Join us to discuss some quick self-care tips to take care of both your mind and body during the holidays.
  • Jan. 11, 2021: Tax Preparation Issues and Concerns; Speaker: Gary Sipiorski, Owner Gary Sipiorski Consulting, LLC. During this session, Gary Sipiorski, will be speaking on Tax Preparation Issues and Concerns.  As we all know, the month of January often brings thoughts of taxes and tax preparation. Gary will focus on issues specific to farm tax returns so those listening may gain a better understanding of what to think about regarding farm tax preparation and be able to ask better questions with their tax advisor.
  • Feb. 8, 2021: How to Read and Understand Your Milk Check; Speaker: Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Center for Dairy Profitability and UW-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 8, 2021: 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.