2019 Summer Meeting Schedule
The tentative schedule:
Thursday, August 15
10:00 am- noon - Board meeting at fairgrounds
12:00-5:00 pm - Vendors set-up at fairgrounds
1:00 pm - Farm tour starts at elk farm/wreath barn; continues to retail location and tour of field; Technology Tutoring with Holly
5:00 pm - Meet & Greet with vendors, social hour (at the fairgrounds)
6:30 pm - Dinner
Friday, August 16
8:00 am - Registration Opens
8:00 am - Catered Breakfast, National Report by Paul Schroeder and state meetings
8:00-11:30 am - WI Tree Contest entries register and set-up
9:00 am - Vendors open
9:30 - Seminar: Webteam Inc. & Ag in the Classroom
10:30 am - Seminar: Fertilizer
10:30 am - Concurrent wreath topic seminar
11:30 am - Visit vendors
12:00 pm - Lunch, visit vendors, tree judging begins, Silent Auction
2:00 pm - Seminar: Panel of nursery growers
2:00 pm - Concurrent wreath topic seminar
3:00 pm - Visit vendors; place ribbons on contest trees, take pictures of winners
4:00 pm - Vendors Close
4:00 pm - MACT business meeting; Wis. board reconvenes
Conclude by 5:00 pm
(There is also a rodeo on site this evening, if you choose to stay.
** Check back often - schedule will be updated as speakers are confirmed and more information is available**
Technology Tutoring with Holly on Thursday
setting up a Facebook or Instagram Business Page
posting on Facebook or Instagram
creating an ad on Facebook or Instagram
scheduling so you don't have to post in real time
what to post online
signing up with Square
Bring your phone, tablet or laptop for individual help.
Website Design & Internet Marketing
Kris Cvikota, Webteam, Inc
The WCPTA website was recently redesigned. Kris will highlight the improvements and talk about social media marketing and internet marketing.
Darlene Arneson, Farm Bureau Foundation, Ag in the Classroom
New school resources were recently created. Darlene will explain how you, the grower, can use them to your benefit.
Paul Deckard, Diamond t Ag
Our mission is to put the carbon that was originally in our soil back where it came from. By using our tested and proven system of carbon-based agriculture, microbial life thrives in our soil's atmospheric nutrition. Therefore, we grow healthier crops and achieve better yields. Our hands are always in the soil, customizing compost for our farmers' fields. It took many years of blending compost to find the balance needed to get the biology to go to work in the soil. Now we're using it to restore soil and help farmers' soil to become more productive.
Nursery Grower Panel
Three nursery stock growers will address current trends, issues and outlook for the industry, along with answering your questions.
Wreath and Gift Shop Topics
Wreath topics will be addressed in the morning and afternoon session.
Some things we are working on:
Holding a class at your farm: pros, cons and tips
Designs of wreaths and pots by a professional florist
Ideas from other wreath makers
Sharing knowledge with each other
Eat lunch before arriving at the farm.
During social hour at 5:00 pm at the fairgrounds, bring your own alcohol or special beverages.
Evening dinner will be catered at the fairground and includes:
Italian Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts
Redskin Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Buttered Green Beans
Fresh Fruit Salad
Tortellini Pasta Salad
Garden Salad with French and Ranch Dressing
Sweet and Dill Pickles
Dinner Rolls and Butter
Breakfast will be catered at the fairgrounds. This will allow you to leave your hotel and get to the even early.
Pancakes with Syrup and Butter
Sausage Links and Ham Slices
Coffee, Cream and Sugar
Bring cash or card to purchase lunch; we are planning two food trucks. Menus will include burgers, BBQ pulled chicken, Italian sliced beef, potato salad, french fries and tots, coleslaw, Lefty's hot dogs with a variety of toppings (Chicago, Wisconsin, Chili, Corn), cheese curds, milkshakes, and more.