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The Green & Gold of Wisconsin: Environmental Responsibilty & Financial Rewards

 
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32nd Annual NFRBMEA Conference
June 6 - 10, 2004

 

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Welcome!

Dear NFRBMEA Members & Friends:

It is again the time of the year for you to begin to make plans to attend the 32nd Annual NFRBMEA Conference.  This year's conference will be held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on June 6-10, 2004 at the Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center. The Wisconsin FBPM teachers look forward to hosting this year's conference and invite you to join us in the Dairy State for some fun and comfort. 

The "Dells" is a popular recreation destination noted for its water parks, mini golf, and yes the "ducks".  This part of Wisconsin is the boundary of the northern hardwood forest and the northern pine forest providing a wide diversity of plant and animal life.  The Wisconsin River cuts through the area and drained a great glacial lake forming the unique sandstone cliffs that line the river banks at the "dells".   If you are looking for a blend of agriculture, natural resources, and recreation you will find it here.  

The theme of this year's conference is "The Green and Gold of Wisconsin-Environmental Responsibility and Financial Rewards."  Our planning committee has put together a conference to expand your knowledge on our agricultural industry and learn how our producers can compete financially and with respect for the natural environment.  Wisconsin has adopted some environmental regulations designed to keep soil applied nutrients in place, and at the same time is encouraging the dairy industry to remain competitive in this landscape.  Review the conference agenda and you will be surprised to find that we have a great diversity of speakers and tours scheduled.  Ever been to a cranberry bog?  You will get to one if you come to the conference.  How about your business analysis skills?  Could they be sharpened up?  We have brought together some leading minds in the business side of farming and dairying to move the analytical side of your mind. 

Family and spouses will have plenty to do. This community was built on the concept of making life fun for young and old.  The area has many activities to offer.  The spouses and children tour includes the National Crane Foundation and the Circus World Museum.  The world famous House on the Rock is located nearby.  Your children or grandchildren will really love it if you take them along to this conference.

We have enclosed information on your conference registration, a registration information form to use to phone in your hotel registration, agendas, a notice for the "Exchange of Ideas", and an application for the First Timers' scholarship.  We encourage all of you to review the information and return your registrations early.  Once again, we are offering an Early Bird Registration and an opportunity to be included for our drawing.  

Sincerely,

YOUR 2004 CONFERENCE HOSTS

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Conference Agenda

Sunday, June 6:  
a.m. Pre-conference Board Meeting
 
6:00 p.m. Poolside Picnic at Antiqua Bay (by outdoor pool, weather permitting)
 

 Monday, June 7: 

 
8:00-9:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
 
8:00-11:00 a.m. Registration
 
9:00-10:30.a.m.

Welcome, Introductions & Keynote Speakers, Environment & Agriculture

The Keynote Speakers for the 32nd Annual National Farm and Ranch Conference are Ben Brancel and Jim Porterfield.  Ben Brancel will relate to attendees his vast experiences in Wisconsin as a farmer, legislator, agriculture secretary, and currently the state FSA Director on the impact of Agriculture on the Wisconsin Economy and environment.  Jim Porterfield is the director of research for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.  Jim will relate to attendees of our conference, proactive, profitable, and practical stewardship initiatives researched and developed by the Foundation.  Jim will also relate his prior experiences with the Farm Bureau when he worked in the policy arena of the Bureau and why he is a strong believer in the proactive role model for stewardship success.
 

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break & View Trade Show
 
11:00-11:45 a.m. Break-out Sessions--Choose one of the following:
  • Discovery Farm Concept-Director Dennis Frame
  • Grazing Dairy Success with Environmental Benefit-UW Ag Agent Laura Paine
  • Farming and Conservation Together-FACT staff
  • Preserving Pure Groundwater-Central Wis. Groundwater Center staff
  • Phosphorus Indexing, Wis. Plan & How to Teach Farmers- UW Soil Scientist Grad Student Laura Ward Good
  • Ag Safety & Health Current Issues, Controversies & Research- National
    Farm Medicine Center Safety Specialist Dr. Mark Purschwitz
  (Read break-out session descriptions)
 
Noon-2:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch with Business Session and View Trade Show
 
2:00-2:45 p.m. Break-out Sessions--Choose one of the following:
  • Nutrient Management-Discovery Farms Director Dennis Frame
  • Grazing Dairy Success with Environmental Benefit-UW Ag Agent Laura Paine
  • Farming and Conservation Together-FACT staff
  • Preserving Pure Groundwater-Central Wis. Groundwater Center staff
  • Phosphorus Indexing, Wis. Plan & How to Teach Farmers-UW Soil Scientist Grad Student Laura Ward Good
  • Ag Safety & Health Current Issues, Controversies & Research-National Farm Medicine Center Safety Specialist Dr. Mark Purschwitz
3:00-3:30 p.m.  Break & View Trade Show
 
3:30-4:15 p.m Repeat Break-out Sessions from 2:00-2:45 p.m.
 
4:15-6:00 p.m Dinner on your own
 
6:00 p.m. Leave Hotel for Dells Boat tour
 
Tuesday, June 8:  
7:30-8:30 a.m. Plated Breakfast
 
7:30-8:30 a.m. First Timers' Breakfast Meeting
Ron Dvergsten, NFRBMEA President-Elect
 
8:30-9:45 a.m. Agricultural Economics -"How to use the Farm Financial Standards"
Mr. Darrell L. Dunteman, Ag Executive Managing Editor
Panel Discussion on Dairy Initiatives & Profitability

Serving on the panel are Dr. Bruce Jones, Director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at the UW-Madison; Mr. Gary Sipiorski, President of Citizens State Bank, Loyal and Chairman of the Growing Wisconsin Agriculture Commission; and Mr. Terry Johnson, Vice-President of FCS Financial Services North Central Region.  These individuals will share their ideas and experiences for improving agricultural health (primarily dairy) in Wisconsin.
 
9:45-10:00 a.m. Break
 
10:00-10:45 a.m. Break-out Sessions--Choose one of the following:
  • UW Corn & Soybean Economics-UW Ag Extension Agent Don Genrich
  • Crop Insurance-National Crop Insurance Company Agent
  • FINPACK-University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management - Dale Nordquist
  • Web Equity Manager for FSA (Farm Service Agency)
     
10:45-11:30 a.m. Break-out Sessions--Choose one of the following:
  • UW Corn & Soybean Economics-UW Ag Extension Agent Don Genrich
  • Crop Insurance-National Crop Insurance Company Agent
  • FINPACK-University. of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial
    Management - Dale Nordquist
  • Dairy Profitability, UW Center for Dairy Profitability - Dr. Bruce Jones
     
  (Read break-out session & speaker information)
 
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
 
12:30-5:30 p.m. Bus Leaves for Ag Industry Tours at 12:30 p.m.
Tour Guide: Peter Brandt, Doug Marshall, Mike Sabel
Cranberry Bog (Farm) and Cranberry Museum
John Wagner & Roger Schroeder Dairy Farm
 
  (Read tour descriptions)
 
5:30 p.m. Back at the Hotel--Evening meal on your own and evening on your own
 
Wednesday, June 9:  
7:00-8:30 a.m.  Buffet Breakfast
 
8:00-9:15 a.m. Program-Marketing Wisconsin Products
Mr. Rod Nilsestuen - Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade & Consumer Protection (invited)
 
  Marketing Panel
-Healthy Grown Potatoes, Deana Sexson
-Organic Foods, Organic Valley Cooperative
-Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), Matt Joyce
 
  (Read break-out session  & speaker information)
 
9:30 a.m. Bus leaves for Foremost Farms
 
9:45 a.m. Foremost Farms and Equity Livestock Cooperative Program
 
Noon Lunch at Foremost Farms
 
1:00 p.m. Board bus to USDA Dairy Forage Research Center
 
1:30 p.m. Tour USDA Dairy Forage Research Center
 
3:45 p.m. Tour Cedar Grove Cheese
 
  (Read tour descriptions)
 
5:30 p.m Back at the Hotel - evening meal on your own and evening on your own
 
Thursday, June 10:  
8:30 a.m. Plated Breakfast
 
8:30-9:45 a.m. Master Storytelling Breakfast
 
9:45 a.m. Break
 
10:00-10:30 a.m Dr. Richard Joerger - University of Minnesota, Report of Agriculture
Educator Survey and Study
 
10:30-11:30 a.m Final Business Meeting - Tom Weygandt
 
12:00 Noon Adjourn and head home or tour scenic Wisconsin - Ron Dvergsten,
President NFRBMEA
 
  Post-Conference Board Meeting - Ron Dvergsten, President NFRBMEA

(Printable Conference Agenda)

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NFRBMEA Spouse and Family Tours

Monday, June 7  
12:30 p.m.  Board bus at Antiqua Bay
 
1:15 p.m.   International Crane Foundation
Crane and habitat conservation. collection of captive cranes maintained for study, captive breeding and reintroduction into the wild at headquarters near Baraboo.
demonstrate endangered species management for the public, and facilitate education about cranes in the United States and abroad.
 
2:15 p.m. Leave for Circus World
 
2:30 p.m. Arrive at Circus World
Circus World is
America's Circus Museum, and Wisconsin's National Treasure! The Museum is located at the site of the original Ringling Bros. Circus Winter Quarters - a National Historic landmark located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Each year nearly 100,000 visitors tour the unique complex for an educational and fun family experience.
 
4:30 p.m.  Leave for Antiqua Bay
 
5:00 p.m. Return to Antiqua Bay
 

(Printable Spouse Schedule)

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Exchange of Ideas

One hundred dollars ($100) will be awarded to the first five (5) individuals submitting an outstanding idea for the Exchange of Ideas activity by May 7, 2004.  Complete the application form, including a brief description of your idea, and send to President Elect Ron Dvergsten.

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First Timers' Scholarship

The NFRBMEA will be awarding $200 scholarships (covers 2004 Annual Conference Registration Fee) to five (5) individuals attending our Annual Conference for the first time.

Please print out and give a First Timers' scholarship application to anyone with interest in the conference who has never attended a NFRBMEA conference before.  Speed is important, as only the first five people from different states and provinces are eligible.  The postmark will be the tiebreaker.  Let us see how many new individuals we can encourage to attend the Wisconsin Dells Conference. Find form ...

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Accommodations

HOWARD JOHNSON

Hotel and Conference Center-Antiqua Bay Waterpark

Antiqua Bay

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Conference Forms & Applications

Accommodations
 
Break-Out Session Survey
 
Conference Registration
 
Conference Registration (One-Day)
 
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Dells Links

Circus World Museum
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International Crane Foundation
 

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