Medford, Wis. – Farm women from Taylor, Price and Rusk Counties and the surrounding area are invited to participate in the Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture conference to be held in Jump River on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. This program provides farm women with the opportunity to network with other farm women and learn about various risk management topics and tools that are pertinent to farming.
The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. and will be held at the Jump River Community Center, W14751 River St., Gilman (downtown Jump River).
Topics and presenters include:
-- Preventing Farm Related Overexertion Injuries. Carol Magurany-Broski, Occupational Safety Manager, National Farm Medicine Center.Farm related overexertion exposures can lead to soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries can impact our daily work activities and can lead to time lost from the job so proper healing can happen. This program will provide insight on how to prevent these injuries and other general wellness information that can promote a safer and healthy work environment.
-- Farm Succession. Joy Kirkpatrick, Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability.Today’s successful farm transfer takes good planning and communication. This session provides an overview of issues to consider as you develop, communicate and implement a succession plan and provide participants with helpful resources as they begin the process.
-- Wind, Solar and Efficiency Tidbits. Scott Sanford, UW-Extension Outreach Specialist, Rural Electric Program, Biological Systems Engineering, UW Madison. Many farmers are interested in being self reliant, which includes energy. We’ll look at the where, what and how much of wind turbines and solar electric for offsetting energy usage along with biomass for heating. In most cases energy efficiency will have a better return on investment than renewable energy. We’ll looks at a list of economical energy efficiency options for farms and homes.
-- Incentives from local utility providers. Representatives from local utility providers will discuss incentive programs.
-- Federal Cost Sharing for Alternative Energy. Mark Kopecky, UW-Extension Price County agriculture agent. Mark will discuss how the NRCS EQUIP program helped him determine whether a wind generation system made sense for his farm.
-- Record Keeping Options. Sandy Stuttgen, UW-Extension Taylor County agriculture agent. Ok, I’m motivated to use farm records to analyze my farm’s performance and profitability, but how do I get started? This session will cover what a record system is, basic needs for record keeping systems, different formats, types and where to find more information. Both computer and ledger options will be discussed.
-- Shiitake Log Making. Rich Toebe, UW-Extension Rusk County agriculture agent. Raising mushrooms is easy, fun, and can be profitable. This session will cover mushroom production basics for shiitake mushrooms. We will then inoculate a log with shiitake spawn. The inoculated log will be one of the afternoon door prizes.
Heart of the Farm - Women in Agricultureconference series is a UW-Extension program that is committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks.
Registration fee is $15 per person. Registrations are due by April 24, 2012. To register, send payment to UW-Extension Taylor County, c/o HOF, Room 103 County- USDA Service Center, 925 Donald St., Medford, WI 54451. Make checks payable to the UW-Extension. Visit the Heart of the Farm website www.uwex.edu/ces/heartofthefarm  to download a brochure.
Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture is sponsored at the state level by the UW Center for Dairy Profitability and is partially funded by a USDA Risk Management Agency Outreach grant, Focus on Energy, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
For more information or to register call the UW-Extension Taylor County office at 715-748-3327or the UW Center for Dairy Profitability at 608-263-3485.