MREC Programs and Conferences

 Stray Voltage Investigator’s Courses

  • Three 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 May 5-7 at Arlington, 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.  An Advanced class may be held in the fall in Madison, Wisconsin. Similar classes will likely be held in 2021.
  • Brochure about Intro and Intermediate Stray Voltage Investigation classes (2020).
  • Register here for the 2020 Introduction to Stray Voltage Investigation class
  • Register here for the 2020 Stray Voltage Testing (Intermediate) class
  • An Advanced Stray Voltage Investigation class may be offered in fall, 2020 but is not scheduled or set up yet. To get an idea of what this class covers, see last year’s brochure.
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  • 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.
  • 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.