It was a picture-perfect day in early July as a parade of pickups, Organic Valley minivans, and university vehicles visited two dairy farms in southwestern Wisconsin. The first stop of the Organic Forage and Pasture Field Day focused on organic forage production; the second involved discussions on organic pasture management.
Extension agents and Organic Valley staff offered tips on everything from fertility in cropping systems to new pasture seedings to mob grazing. Farmers also excitedly shared their own experiences with the group. The day became a traveling learning experience, and participants left with new ideas, armfuls of helpful handouts and a tighter-knit network of fellow producers.
Event sponsors were Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Farm Business and Production Management Program; Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative; and University of Wisconsin Extension through a grant from USDA’s Risk Management Agency.