Heart of the Farm – Coffee Chats

Madison, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension’s Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture program will be starting it’s statewide online virtual ‘Coffee Chats’ Fall/Winter program on Monday November 9th, 2020 at 10:00a.m. and will continue hosting on the 2nd Monday of each month through March 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Full “Coffee Chat” Series:

  • November 9th, 2020 ~Women in Agriculture – A Brief History”, Speaker: Jerry Apps, author and rural historian

Jerry will take us back to the pioneer days in Wisconsin and talk about the role of women in agriculture in his presentation: “Women in agriculture: a brief history.”   He will share the early role women had in the dairy industry and how that changed over the years along with some personal stories of women’s roles in agriculture during the Depression Years of the 1930s and WWII, drawing on his mother’s roles at that time.

  • December 14th, 2020 ~ “Putting the ‘Me’ in Merry: Self Care Tips for the Holiday Season,” Speaker: Jackie Carattini, Assoc. Professor, Human Development and Relationship Educator, University of Madison, Division of Extension

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t always feel that way. Join us to discuss some quick self-care tips to take care of both your mind and body during the holidays.

  • January 11th, 2021 ~ “Tax Preparation Issues and Concerns”, Speaker: Gary Sipiorski, Owner Gary Sipiorski Consulting, LLC

During this session, Gary Sipiorski, will be speaking on Tax Preparation Issues and Concerns.  As we all know, the month of January often brings thoughts of taxes and tax preparation. Gary will focus on issues specific to farm tax returns so those listening may gain a better understanding of what to think about regarding farm tax preparation and be able to ask better questions with their tax advisor.

  • February 8th, 2021 ~ “How to Read and Understand Your Milk Check”, Speaker: Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Center for Dairy Profitability and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension

Are you confused about what is printed on your milk check and what all the components are? Are you having difficulty reading your statement and knowing if the payments, particularly the premiums paid, are on par with what other producers are receiving. Dr. Stephenson will review where the numbers on your milk check come from and what they mean to your operation.

  • March 8th, 2021 ~ “Value Added Enterprises and Farm Diversification”, Speaker: Jenni Gavin, Gavin Farms, Reedsburg, WI

Registration for each ‘Coffee Chats’ maybe found at: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceirrzkvEtfMSLLljrhhSJFMymAHHUA4

Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.  Registered participants will only need the meeting website link or phone number to participate.


The Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture Conference series is an Extension program that addresses the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks.

For more information on the Coffee Chats Series or the Heart of the Farm Program, please go to the HOF Website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/heartofthefarm, call your local UW-Madison Division of Extension County office, or contact Jenny Vanderlin, jenny.vanderlin@wisc.edu, 608-263-7795.