Calumet County is seeing more conservation practices appear throughout the countryside. Members of Calumet County Ag Stewardship Alliance will share updates at the group’s annual meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Attendees can look forward to several speakers:
Dan Brick is a fifth-generation farmer on Brickstead Dairy. He assumed ownership of the dairy in 1996 when his father Eugene retired. He has grown the dairy from 20 cows to 900 cows. Brick became an inaugural member of the Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network in 2014. Since joining this group, Brickstead Dairy has implemented many new practices on the farm that have led to success and recognition. Some of those practices include reduced disturbance manure applications, 100 percent cover cropping, no-tilling, a water quality monitoring system and inter-seeding.
Shawn Wesener is the data collection specialist for Farmers for Sustainable Food, working directly with farmers to help track conservation practice outcomes. He will be presenting the findings from CCASA’s 2022 member conservation practices survey results.
Joe Smedberg has been the district conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Calumet County and Manitowoc Counties for over 12 years. Before coming to the county, he worked in southeastern Wisconsin in Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Dodge, Washington, Ozaukee, Rock and Walworth counties. He will provide program updates.
Aaron Wunderlin, research specialist for Discovery Farms, oversees data collection and site maintenance, analyzes data and presents water quality data for monitoring projects around the state. He will share how Discovery Farms is working with farmers to learn.
Who: Calumet County Ag Stewardship Alliance
What: Annual meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24
Where: Neighborhood Pub & Grill, N5091 County Rd BB, Chilton