Farmer meeting will focus on future needs in conservation, generational challenges

Working to improve water quality in Kewaunee and southern Door counties is one of the main priorities for Peninsula Pride Farms (PPF), a farmer-led conservation group. Year after year, members continue to grow their impact and share how they are accomplishing their goals to improve the environment. Like many industries, agriculture struggles to find who will continue their work for generations to come.  PPF has secured educational and entertaining speakers for their annual meeting from 10 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Feb. 15.

Attendees will explore these topics through presentations by:

Jamie Patton, Peninsula’s well-known soil guru is the senior outreach specialist for the Nutrient and Pest Management Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison-Extension. The science and practice of soil health is quickly evolving.  Patton will explore the recent regional and national research pertaining to cover crops, grazing, and carbon storage and how this research can help us improve soil health in northeast Wisconsin.

Ricardo Costa, agricultural strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), works directly with local farmers to add new conservation practices, help track their outcomes, and reach out to other farmers to share information and lessons learned. He is also helping to advance TNC’s midwest agriculture strategy, which is focused on nature-based solutions that help sustainably provide people with food and water. He will be presenting the findings from PPF’s 2021 member conservation practice survey results.

Brad Gingras is the owner of Superior Strategies and executive director of Northwest Wisconsin AHEC, which works to inspire youth to pursue healthcare careers and connects college students to local employment in the healthcare industry. He has been providing career and professional development workshops, presentations and strategic planning facilitation to thousands of professionals and youth throughout the Upper Midwest. In Brad’s presentation The Evolving World of Work: 2021 and Beyond, he will share how evolution in communication and leadership styles have impacted how individuals are engaged and motivated to do good work — or even show up. Generational differences between the ‘young’ and ‘old’ continue to cause frustration, confusion and conflict. The solution to these challenges is understanding the root of these differences and the strategies to overcome them. This session will be an enlightening and engaging discussion for everyone regardless of their age, industry or position within the workforce and will allow each person to reflect on their leadership, communication and generational preferences.

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