Press release: LASA annual meeting



For more information, contact:
Maria Woldt, communications
Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance
Phone: (608) 577-4345 |


LASA to host annual meeting Feb. 28

DARLINGTON, Wis. —the Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance will hold its annual meeting Feb. 28 at Bridges Conference Center in Darlington, the farmer-led conservation group announced today.

The event will showcase speakers on a variety of topics in modern sustainable agriculture. Experts from across the state and region will share information that can be applied to farms locally and beyond.

More than 100 farmers, agribusiness professionals and community members are expected to attend this free educational event. The public is invited.

The conference will include a panel presentation about farmer’s experiences with cover crops, reduced tillage and soil health with farmers from Lafayette County and across the state.

Don Niles, DVM, owner of Dairy Dreams, a dairy farm in Kewaunee County, will give a presentation about environmental and social implications of agriculture. His presentation will also include insight on the role farmer-led groups have on the environment and in our communities.Don is the president of Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led watershed group in the Door-Kewaunee Peninsula that is committed to protecting, nurturing and sustaining the environment.

A presentation by John Cassens, agronomist at Ag Tech Air, and Damon Reabe, president of Dairyland Aviation, will broadly discuss aerial seeding of cover crops. Cassens and Reabe will specifically discuss best practices, considerations that contribute to success and the economics of aerial seeding versus other cover crop seeding methods.

The research team for the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study – or SWIGG, will present their preliminary research and discuss plans for the future of this important study in Lafayette, Grant and Iowa counties.

In addition to the panel discussion and presentations, the event will include lunch and several program updates from LASA leadership and affiliated partners.

Sponsorships are available for qualifying agribusiness, conservation and community partners. Go to for the complete schedule. Online RSVP is requested by Feb. 21.

Farmers from Lafayette County are encouraged to attend this event; however, farmers from neighboring counties are also welcome.The event is free thanks to the support of Investors Community Bank and  the Department of Agriculture and Trade and Consumer Protection.

Thursday, February 28, 2018
Bridges Conference Center
201 Christensen Dr, Darlington, Wis.

Conference Agenda
10 a.m. | Registration, networking
10:30 a.m. | “Environmental and social implications of agriculture, and the role of farmer-led groups”
11:15 a.m. | “Southwest Wisconsin groundwater and geology study”
12:00 p.m. | Lunch and LASA updates
12:40 p.m. | “Farmer experiences: Cover crops, reduced tillage and soil health” *panel presentation*
1:30 p.m. | “Aerial seeding cover crops: Economics, best practices and considerations”
2:30 p.m. | Program concludes

About Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance: Established in 2017, Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance is a farmer-led 501c(3) non-profit organization with a vision of a community where farmers and friends of agriculture work together
to protect and improve our water quality and environment. The group is composed of member-farms representing roughly 20% of the available farm land in Lafayette County. To learn more go to


Editor’s Note: [Photo] Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance will host its second annual meeting on Feb. 28. This past August, LASA held a field day showcasing cover-crop planting and tillage technology.

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