News Stories

Mar 27, 2014

Glacial Lakes Conservancy to hold dinner, auction

The annual dinner and auction of the Glacial Lakes Conservancy will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the new Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum on the grounds of the Wade House in Greenbush, W7965 State Highway 23. Members of the public are welcome.

Full Article at Sheboygan Press

Jan 10, 2014

MVC hike series begins Jan. 25

Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse is joining forces with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to encourage area residents to get outdoors and enjoy nature. The medical center will sponsor the MVC’s Linked to the Land hiking series for 2014.

Full Article at Coulee News

Jan 2, 2014

Here’s How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

Across the country, there's a wave of interest in local food. And a new generation of young farmers is trying to grow it. Many of these farmers — many of whom didn't grow up on farms — would like to stay close to cities. After all, that's where the demand for local food is. The problem is, that's where land is most expensive. So young farmers looking for affordable land are forced to get creative.

Full Article at NPR

Jan 2, 2014

Column: Land conservation practices at risk

The success of land conservation in the region still remains largely with the landowners who must balance their personal land ethic with their need to produce income from the land. When that balance tilts toward permanent conservation agreements, MVC and others in the land conservation business are ready to help.

Full Article at The Tomah Journal

Dec 20, 2013

Commentary: A farmer- and forester-friendly approach to land preservation

An op-ed discussing the importance of the federal tax incentive for conservation easements and their use in preserving Wisconsin's working lands.

Full Article at Racine Journal Times

Dec 2, 2013

Preserving Farmland: One Farm Share Box at a Time

Chances are you’ve never heard anyone say that farming is easy. And that’s for good reason - because there isn’t much that’s easy about it. Yet, our West Michigan community has the good fortune to be home to a growing mix of like-minded individuals who are deliberately choosing to do just that. Their approach to farming is commonly referred to as “community supported agriculture” (CSA). Their decisions to farm come from a desire to be active participants in the hands-on solution of bringing safe and healthy, sustainably grown local food to our community. At the same time, these farmers feel a deep sense of responsibility to both the farmland and the community that sustain them. This is what drives them; what motivates them.

Full Article at Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Nov 15, 2013

Carol Abrahamzon: Vigilance is needed on farming practices

Helping farmers find ways to give more permanent protection for their land is the focus of a project by MVC and other partners in the Kickapoo River Watershed. Funded by the McKnight Foundation, the project seeks to identify priority areas for conservation and ways that landowners can protect their land and water quality of streams while still operating profitably.

Full Article at LaCrosse Tribune

Oct 16, 2013

Preserving Farmland: Market Day

One of the best ways to get up close and personal with farmland preservation and its important role in our food chain is to stroll through the wonderful farmers markets that dot our urban and suburban landscapes. The previous article in this series showed that if we want the relationship with our farm-to-table local food movement to be sustainable, we owe it to ourselves to get to know one of its most essential ingredients: farmland preservation programs. Market days provide opportunities to have fun while learning about farmland preservation and its impact on the local food movement.

Full Article at Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Oct 16, 2013

Preserving Farmland: Restaurant Week Grand Rapids and Beyond

For a few scrumptious days each summer, farm-to-table dining becomes one of the premiere community-wide events in West Michigan. That’s when Restaurant Week Grand Rapids shines the spotlight directly on local chefs and restaurateurs who bring the best from the fields to their tables! These chefs and restaurateurs make it clear that farm-to-table dining doesn’t just happen. They remind us that it is built on relationships that are cultivated in the rich agricultural land around our region and nurtured on our local farms. At the same time that these chefs are dishing up amazing culinary creations, whether it’s during Restaurant Week or any other week of the year, they are also infusing one of their most essential ingredients back into our community conversation --- the importance of preserving our local farmland.

Full Article at Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Oct 9, 2013

Annual Barn Dance Event Celebrates State Farms

On September 21st the fifth annual Partnering for Progress Chautauqua and Barn Dance at the Saxon Homestead Farm took place with over 250 attendees. The event celebrated Wisconsin farms, locally-sourced food and the urban and rural communities. This year’s event opened with a Chautauqua-in-the-Tent exploring the relationship between land and water and addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by agriculture. Proceeds after expenses benefit Partnering for Progress, a collaboration of the non-profit Gathering Waters Conservancy, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.

Full Article at Sheboygan Press