MREC Programs and Conferences

MREC Conference 2016

  • The 54rth Annual MREC Conference will be held March 2-4 2016 in La Crosse, WI at the Radisson Hotel. A pre-conference workshop will be on Wednesday March 2, and conference presentations and meetings will be Thursday-Friday March 3-4, 2016. Click here to register.

  • Click here for the 2016 MREC Conference Brochure

Conference schedule:

Pre-Conference Workshop Wednesday March 2, 2016, 1:00-5:00

Advanced Topics in Stray Voltage Investigation, including: measuring DC voltage, review of research on the cow contact circuit and cow resistance values, 4 wire systems and testing for interconnects, and a historical overview of stray voltage investigation techniques. Presenters will be Mike Stringfellow of PowerCET Corporation, Doug Reinemann of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chuck DeNardo of We Energies, and Mark Cook. Gain a deeper understanding of stray voltage issues and learn from others who work in the field. Workshop will be held from 1:00-5:00. Early workshop registration fee of $195 includes handouts, snacks and breaks. (After Feb 20 fee is $220). Register for the Pre-Conference Workshop separately from the Conference. Click here to register.

Click here for a link to the 2016 MREC conference brochure.

Annual Conference: Thursday and Friday March 3-4, 2016
Registration table opens at 7:00 Thursday morning

Thursday Morning Sessions (8:00-12:00)
Where Are We Today with Digesters? Steve Dvorak, DVO Anaerobic Digesters
Assessing Animal Exposure Risk from Stray Voltage Test Results, Doug Reinemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Large Electrical Designs on Farms, Ron Janikowski, Badger State Consulting
Lunch is at noon.

Thursday Afternoon Breakout Sessions (each 45 minute session offered twice during the afternoon. and sessions run 1:00-5:15)
Energy Issues on the Farm
1. LED Lighting and the Farm, Bart Schultz, LED Illumination Specialists
2. Energy Efficiency Measures and Herd Size, Fred Daniels, Franklin Energy Services
3. Geothermal Heating and Cooling, Steve Stackhouse, Oconto Electric Cooperative
4. Dairy Diagnostics: Practical Dairy Farm Management, Dan Schultz, Farmer, Taylor WI

Farm Wiring and Electrical Safety
1. New Minnesota Stray Voltage Guide, Tim Weir, Weir Engineering Services. South Dakota Stray Voltage Law, Ed Anderson, SD Rural Electric Association
2. Update on Livestock Diseases: Avian Flu and More, (DATCP speaker TBA)
3. IEEE Guide to Understanding, Diagnosing and Mitigating Stray and Contact Voltage, Chuck De Nardo, We Energies
4. Regional & National Transmission Projects, Lynn Hecker, North Region Operations Center, MISO (Mid-continent Independent System Operator)
Informational posters, publications, and other exhibits will be on display Thursday.

Friday Morning Sessions (8:15-12:00)
Tunnel Ventilation or Cross Ventilation: a Farmer’s Experience, (speaker TBA)
The Midwest Role in World Dairy Trade, Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Dairy Profitability
Update on Nuclear Energy & the Clean Power Plan, Paul Wilson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Conference adjourns at noon Friday
Early conference registration fee of $345 includes handouts, full buffet dinner Thursday, snacks and breaks. (After Feb 20 fee is $370). Click here to register.

Location & Lodging:

The Radisson Hotel La Crosse, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601. Phone: (608) 784-6680 or (800) 333-3333. A block of rooms has been reserved until February 1, 2016 (or until the block is filled) for conference participants at the nightly rate of $123/one king bed-city view or $133/two queen beds-river view, plus 13.5% taxes. Be sure to mention that you are attending the MREC Conference to receive the special rate.

NOTE: For information on the 2015 MREC conference, visit the conference archives

The 2015 conference brochure is archived here,



  • Stray Voltage Investigators’ Courses will be held May 3-6, 2016 in Fort Atkinson WI. Brochure and registration coming soon.

  • Click here to see last year’s brochure.  This is a series of 3 classes held annually, so if you are interested in attending in 2016 you can familiarize yourself with the course descriptions by reading the old (2015) brochure. The 3 classes are Introduction to Stray Voltage (a one-day class), Stray Voltage Testing (1.5 days, with on-farm training), and Advanced Stray Voltage Analysis (1.5 days).

  • Instructors for the 2016 Stray Voltage Investigator’s courses will be Tom Seidl of WE Energies, Paul Ortmann of Idaho Power, Doug Reinemann of the University of Wisconsin, Brian Costello of Alliant Energy, and Robert Fick of Alliant Energy and the University of Wisconsin.



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