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Southwest Badger RC&D Holding Farm Planning Workshop
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/19/2015

Farmers and and other rural landowners are being invited to take part in a whole farm planning workshop next week in Dodgeville. The February 7 program, which will be held at the Iowa County Health and Human Services building, aims to help landowners assess their land's natural resources along with its production capacity.

"As we've worked with landowners on managing their grasslands, many have expressed interest in a more comprehensive program to help them understand and manage their whole property," said Laura Paine Southwest Badger Grazing Broker and coordinator of the workshop. "Although these plans are often called 'farm' plans, any piece of land, whether it is currently being farmed or not, would benefit."

Participants will be introduced to the framework for whole farm planning as well as gain knowledge of financial and legal matters, identifying and managing natural resources, and using managed grazing as a conservation practice. Landowners will also learn more about the service and writing their own plan, if desired.

The program begins at 9:00 a.m. with an overview of the whole farm planning process followed by a three track breakout series covering a total of nine topics. An economics/legal track will include presentations on use-value property tax assessment, understanding lease agreements, and whole farm income options. A natural resources track will cover assessing native habitats, cropping practices that promote soil health, and protecting your land investment with estate planning and conservation easements.

The third track will focus on managing pastures and grasslands including using livestock grazing for vegetation management, silvopasturing, and fencing and watering for livestock.

For more information or to sign up for the workshop, call 608-732-1202.

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