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Red Cedar Demo Farm

Demonstration Farm, Education, Cover Crops

Partners in Conservation: Red Cedar Demo Farm Offers Hands-On Education

The Red Cedar Demonstration Farm, in Menomonie, Wis.,
is a 155 acre, three parcel farm, leased by partners to educate and demonstrate conservation of natural resources.

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D. Birmingham Success Story

EQIP, CSP, Organic Orchard, Pollinators

Depending on the Wilds to Pollinate: Organic Orchard Grower Makes Conservation Impact

After a hard day’s work out in the orchard, there’s nothing like enjoying a glass of cider from the apple trees you hand grafted yourself. Deirdre Birmingham can do just this; she operates an organic hard cider orchard full time and is also an avid educator.

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Nate Bell success story

EQIP, CSP, Streambank Restoration, Cover Crops

Restoring the Little Lemonweir: Farmer Revitalizes Stream Habitat

Nate Bell, of Juneau County, Wis., is a third generation crop farmer who's been riding in a combine since he was three years old. Bell's grandpa bought the farm in the 1940s, and Nate always wanted to continue the family tradition.

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honey bees

EQIP, Honey Bee Pollinator Effort

Sweet Success: Beekeepers Restore Pollinator Habitat

Tim McDonald, of Blue River, Wisconsin, has been a bee keeper for the past 25 years. He recently restored 48 acres of his property to include natural habitat for bees through the NRCS-EQIP.

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Success Story

EQIP, CSP, Beginning Farmer

Sustainability at its Best: Beginning Farmer Revitalizes Former Mining Land

Dan Shelliam, of Lafayette County, Wisconsin, grew up on a farm and started milking cows when he was 15. In 2000, he started farming full time and subsequently signed up for the NRCS Beginning Farmer Program.

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Lac du Flambeau

EQIP, CSP, Tribal Partnership

State-of-the-Art Aquaculture Site Built for Walleye Rearing: Lac du Flambeau Tribe Raises and Restocks Fish

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe has inhabited the Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, area since 1745. The Tribe acquired the name from its gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight.

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Ka Hmong Cooperative Agreement

EQIP Cooperative Agreement

Hmong Community Gardens in Harmony with the Land

A collaboration with the Eau Claire Area Hmong Assistance Association in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, sparked a
successful community garden project through a cooperative agreement with the NRCS.

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Woodland Dunes

EQIP, Honey Bee Pollinator Effort, CSP, CRP

Preserving Woodland Dunes Habitat: Small Non-Profit Proves Huge Impact in Community

Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, located between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, was founded in 1974 by local people who wanted to preserve forested wetlands for wildlife, especially songbirds.

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Reed Fitton

EQIP- Grazing and the Honey Bee Pollinator Effort

The Living Land Remembers, Treat it with Care: Beginning Farmer Revives Legendary Land

Reed Fitton, of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, is a beginning farmer who has the opportunity to rent and farm a legendary piece of property known as the Ben Logan Farm. Reed strives to work the land by adhering to Logan’s principles in the 1975 book, The Land Remembers.

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Nettekoven family on their farm

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Hard Work Pays Off: Nettekoven Farm Produces Healthy, Nutrient-Rich Food, While Preserving Land for Future Generations

Some people are born to farm. Others grow to love it. Greg Nettekoven was born into a farm family; and he and his wife, Karon, have grown to love farming. Greg is a second generation farmer who grew up working on his family's 760 acres of tillable land.

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