Nov. 5 FACETS forum: Integrating Production and Environmental Goals on Working Lands

Wednesday, November 5th will be the second Forum on Agriculture, Climate, & Energy Technology Sustainability (FACETS) — workshops and seminars for innovation and action sponsored by Program on Agricultural Technology Studies (PATS), Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This forum will bring together experts in various fields to provide an opportunity for the generation and evaluation of ideas related to agricultural production, bioenergy, and land use, and how they interact with climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Though these forums will generally take place in the Madison area, we have just arranged a way for these discussions to be accessible from remote locations. Through streaming video, electronic copies of materials, and an interactive chat session, interested parties can both watch the presentation and participate in the discussion – from your desktop!

The next seminar will be Wednesday, November 5th from 12:00 – 1:30, in Taylor Hall 115 with a presentation by Tim Gieseke, Agricultural Program Director, The Minnesota Project. Mr. Gieseke will discuss The Minnesota Project’s efforts to use an index-based resource assessment tool as a methodology for farmers to interact and enroll into the myriad of conservation programs and as a precursor template to develop Conservation Commerce – the process of providing payment for ecological services. Evaluating, in a broader sense, the capacity of using indices to ‘measure’ the immeasurable non-point source pollution and other non-point resource concerns as soil and wildlife, the next task at hand.

To connect via the internet, please follow the instructions at:
Depending on your location, there will be a slight delay (20 -30 seconds) between what you see on your desktop and what is happening in “real time,” but we will be sure to field questions and comments that come in from the chat session and address them during the discussion. Additionally, there will be a blog that will respond to any questions that do not get addressed during the session. This is our first attempt at this technology, so your feedback on this system would be GREATLY appreciated. Please direct that feedback to Alan Turnquist:

FREE LUNCH to first 40 people who RSVP to Nancy Carlisle: or 608-265-2908 by Monday, November 3rd.

Please contact Maggie Grabow with questions.