MREC Programs and Conferences

  • The 58th Annual MREC Conference was held February 12-14, 2020 in La Crosse, WI at the Radisson Hotel.

    • Speakers presented about proper stray voltage measurement techniques, new challenges for regional energy transmission with wind and solar power generation, impact of trade agreements on farmers, energy use comparison of robotic milking compared to other systems, carbon footprint of swine systems, stray voltage effects on cow health, livestock used to manage land under solar arrays, a comparison of different types of dairy farms and their energy use, applied ethics, first hand experiences of managing a large scale robotic dairy, and converting digesters to natural gas.
    • A pre-conference workshop February 12, 2020 covered Updates on Dairy Farm Management.
  •  Stray Voltage Investigator’s Courses

    • Three levels of classes in Stray Voltage Investigation for dairy producers and agricultural professionals are typically held each year. Stray Voltage Investigator’s Classes were developed by the University of Wisconsin, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. In 2020, Introduction and Intermediate classes will be held in May at Arlington, Wisconsin. An Advanced class may be held in the fall in Madison, Wisconsin.
    • Instructors are Paul Ortmann of Idaho Power, Doug Reinemann of the University of Wisconsin, and Robert Fick, Brian Costello, and Michael Haas of Alliant Energy.
    • Similar classes will likely be held in 2021. Brochures for the 2020 classes are not yet available, but the information from 2019 is very similar and you can follow the links below to see the old versions (from 2019)
    • View the brochure for the 2019 Intro and Intermediate classes here.   View the brochure for the 2019 Advanced class here.

      Credit for Professional Training:

    • If you participated in an educational opportunity hosted by the Midwest Rural Energy Council and would like information on how to document instructional hours for professional training credit, click here.  You can get documentation for participation in the MREC Annual Conference or the Stray Voltage Investigator’s Training held in May in Wisconsin.