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Workshop to Highlight Women as Wisconsin Livestock Farmers

There is a growing trend in Wisconsin toward more women as sole proprietors or primary operators of livestock farms. (Jessica Arp)
There is a growing trend in Wisconsin toward more women as sole proprietors or primary operators of livestock farms. (Jessica Arp)
May 25, 2016

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The role of women on the farm is a huge part of the history of agriculture in Wisconsin, and a June 3 workshop on a woman-owned farm in Blanchardville will feature several women who run their own operations.

Robert Bauer, a grazing broker for the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council in Platteville, said there's a growing trend toward more women as sole proprietors or primary operators of livestock farms. The featured speakers will help show other women how to get started, he said.

"They're showing off the 'how-tos' of their farms, how they're doing managed grazing on their farms," he said, "but then also we're going to have dialogue sessions as well - really, opportunities for folks to have a discussion and conversation, learn from these farmers."

Speakers will describe the basics of rotational grazing, the logistics of integrating livestock into farm and family, and other topics. Bauer said part of the workshop involves the mentorship program for future livestock farmers.

"All the beginners are paired up with mentors who are experienced in their field of interest - the type of livestock or the type of grazing that they're interested in," he said. "We actually pay the mentors for their time, so, really, we end up - we're pursuing mentors to participate in the program; we're also pursuing beginners."

Bauer said the goal is to help new farmers overcome barriers to starting a farm by connecting them with the resources to gain experience, access to credit and finding land to rent for grazing. In many cases, he said, the landowners are women, willing to help develop new female farmers.

The registration deadline is Friday, and the workshop is open to the public. To learn more or register, call Bauer at 608-732-1202 or go online to brownpapertickets.com.

More information about the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council is at swbadger.org.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI