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Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network Field Day and Open House

By cptp | 10:08 AM, 06/03/2016

Madison, Wis. – June 2, 2016 – On June 15, two Green Bay area farms will host an “Open House & Field Day” event to demonstrate cutting-edge conservation practices used to reduce phosphorus from entering the Fox River, where it can contribute to the growth of harmful blooms of algae and dead zones in Lake Michigan. Tinedale Farms and Brickstead Dairy are part of the Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network, which is sponsoring the event to educate producers, land management agencies, and the public about the economic and environmental benefits of conservation technology.

This will be the fourth field day held by the network. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Great Lakes Commission, and Brown and Outagamie County Land Conservation Departments. The Lower Fox Demonstration Farm works with participating farms in the watershed to test the effectiveness of existing and new conservation systems and educate stakeholders about conservation technology.

“This field day will be a great opportunity for farmers and partners to learn conservation principles and practices like cover crops, no-till planting, prescribed grazing and more, to improve their operations, building soil health and reducing phosphorus runoff that impacts the Lower Fox Watershed and Lake Michigan as well,” said Jimmy Bramblett, Wisconsin State Conservationist.

The day’s events will start and end at Tinedale Farms in Wrightstown and will include trips to neighboring dairies to view cover crop plots, managed rotational grazing, and more. Lunch will be served at Tinedale Farms. Attendees will be able to chat with others interested in conservation and visit various displays from conservation and water quality projects happening around northwest Wisconsin. A detailed agenda for the day is being maintained on the Demonstration Farms Network website and attendees are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows.