Press Release: LASA Annual Meeting

LASA to host annual meeting March 1

DARLINGTON, Wis. (Feb 12, 2018) — The newly formed Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance will hold its annual meeting March 1 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 leadership in conservation as well as best-practice discussions with local farmers, extension professionals and industry representatives.

Dr. Dave Andersen, assistant professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University will give a presentation about manure economics and application options. His presentation will also include insight on future trends and management decisions. As part of his extension appointment, Dan leads the Iowa Manure Applicator Certification program, which annually certifies around 5,000 manure applicators.

A presentation by Heidi Johnson, the crops and soils agent with Dane County UW-Extension, will broadly discuss cover crops and their benefits to soil health and farm economics. Johnson will also discuss cover crop varieties and planting technologies that work well in Lafayette County farming systems

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

Sponsorships are available for qualifying agribusiness, conservation and community partners. Go to lafayetteagstewardship.org for the complete schedule. Online RSVP is requested by Feb. 22.

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, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.

Details:
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Bridges Conference Center
201 Christensen Dr, Darlington, Wis.

Conference Agenda
10 a.m. | Registration, booth viewing
10:30 a.m. | Panel: Farmer leadership in conservation
11:30 a.m. | LASA Field update
12:00 p.m. | Lunch
12:30 p.m. | “Manure economics and application decisions”
1:20 p.m. | “Cover crops: Economics, innovations and best practices”
2:00 p.m. | LASA leadership update & 2018 cost-share program
2:30 p.m. | Conference 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 with 23,350 head of livestock and 55,760 acres of land. Members represent roughly 20% of the available farm land in Lafayette County. To learn more go to lafayetteagstewardship.org.

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For more information, contact:
Maria Woldt, communications
Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance
(608) 577-4345 | mwoldt@widba.com

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