ChatGPT/AI workshop

Artificial Intelligence/Chat GPT  –  Workshop November 15th    chatgpt workshop new

Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) will be holding a free workshop focused on ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. This workshop is designed as a beginner friendly session for entrepreneurs and will be held on November 15 from 5:30-7:30PM at the Monroe Campus of Blackhawk Technical College

Heather Ferguson, Program Manager of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW Madison will help participants gain a basic understanding of how generational AI thinks, help explore key components of effective AI prompts, and provide sample prompts and tools to use.

Prior to the session, participants should download the free app at to get the best experience. While phones can be used, it is highly suggested to bring a laptop if you are able.

This workshop is an extension of the Small Business Series offered by GCDC in the spring, with the goal of providing tools to help local entrepreneurs succeed in their business.

Registration for the event is required. Sign-up at or email the GCDC team at

Fall Breakfast a Huge Success

The Future of Agriculture Topic of GCDC’s Fall Breakfast

The future of agriculture was the topic of focus at Green County Development Corporation’s (GCDC) fall breakfast, held at Wegmueller Dairy Farm in Monroe. Sponsorship by Woodford State Bank, milk and ice cream from Farm First Dairy Cooperative, and a locally sourced breakfast provided by Kimmee’s Kitchen kicked off the event that included 80 state and local leaders, educators, and those with personal interest in preserving the rural lifestyle of Green County.

It is documented that the amount of family farms and farmland continues to decline.  By 2040 it is estimated that only five (5) percent of farms will be owned and run by independent farmers. The inability to stay competitive as a small family farm and shifting family careers have contributed to this decline. Survival depends on creativity and willingness to shift.  Dan and Ashley Wegmueller created an agritourism destination with Wegmueller Dairy Farm & “The Diary” Farm Stay for this reason. Their unique solution allows people to experience life on the farm with an experiential farmhouse stay surrounded by cows, horses, and incredible countryside views.

Agritourism is an avenue to the survivability of medium and small-scale Wisconsin family farms. The last week of September has been designated by the state as Agricultural Tourism Week, and Sheila Everhart, Executive Director of Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association (WATA) shared that WATA is celebrating 30 years in service, with Monroe and Green County being an instrumental leader in the growth and development of agricultural tourism in the state.

WATA honored the late Dave Kamholz, former Green County Ag Chest President & founding Board Member of WATA presenting an award to Mrs. Dave Kamholz of Monroe in his memory.   Dan and Ashley Wegmueller were also presented with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts in agritourism and protecting the future of agriculture.  Ms. Everhart encourages people to support and enjoy agritourism throughout the state. Information and year-round events can be found at

Dusty Williams, Ag Instructor at Blackhawk Tech shared that the fastest growing farms are greater than 1,000 acres or less than 50 acres.  He emphasized that exposing young people to all careers is instrumental in many fields, but especially agriculture. From an educational perspective, “Young people gain interest in careers when they are exposed to them, that is why we (Blackhawk) partner with Ag organizations and employers to educate and reach students of all ages. It’s going to take partnerships and investments in time, people, and resources to get students engaged in the agriculture industry at an earlier age. We must think outside the box to be able to provide future leaders in agriculture.”  Kalee Schaefer, a former student of Williams, and Herd Manager at Wegmueller Farm agreed, and shared her insights about her education and career path in the ag field.

Agriculture is a top economic driver in Wisconsin. 49.3% of our county’s total economic activity and generates over $2B.  The mission of GCDC is to promote and encourage economic growth while maintaining the quality of life that makes Green County a great place to live and work.  Events such as these create awareness and connection for continued conversation and action.

GCDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization dependent upon local investors and partners and can be reached through their social pages, their website at or by phone at 608-328-9452

Image (left to right): Dusty Williams (Blackhawk Tech), Ashley & Dan Wegmueller (Wegmueller Dairy Farm), Olivia Otte (GCDC Executive Director), Kalee Schafer (Herd Manager), Sheila Everhart (WATA Director).

Winning with Wisconsin Workforce

Please join us!  Register here:

The DWD is hosting a workforce event at Blackhawk Tech in Monroe to discuss strategies with business representatives, community leaders, and workforce development professionals to promote apprenticeships, teen employment, work opportunities for people with disabilities, and job center resources.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
11:30-1:30 pm at Blackhawk Technical College, Monroe Campus

Lunch Will Be Provided

Don’t miss this chance to learn from workforce development leaders and discover new ways to
attract, develop, and retain top talent. Register now and secure your spot at this exciting event!

See full flyer here:  Winning With Wisconsin Workforce

GCDC Fall Breakfast September 21

Wegmueller Farm – host of GCDC 2023 Fall BreakfastGCDC Breakfast September 21 at Wegmueller Farm

MONROE – The influence of agriculture is apparent in the landscape, education, and economy of Green County. Preserving agricultural roots is important for the viability of future generations living and working here.

To create awareness and conversation, Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) has partnered with Dan and Ashley Wegmueller to hold a fall leader breakfast at the Wegmueller Dairy Farm, W4358 Montgomery Road, Monroe. Farm owner Dan Wegmueller, Wegmueller Farm Dairy Herd Manager Kalee Schaefer, and Blackhawk Technical College agriculture instructor Dusty Williams will provide perspectives on the future of agriculture in Wisconsin.

The breakfast coincides with the start of Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Week and creates a perfect setting for the future of agriculture conversation, as the Wegmuellers created a “farm stay” experience with their family farm to keep it viable. Dan has said, “Opening our doors has done 2 things. It’s brought in a revenue stream that we desperately need to keep the farm going. But it’s also made farming fun again.”

The event will be held Thursday, September 21st from 7:30-9:00AM at Wegmueller Farm, W4358 Montgomery Road, Monroe. A locally sourced, warm breakfast buffet, sponsored by Woodford State Bank, will be provided by Kimmee’s Kitchen of Monroe. After the event optional farm tours will be provided.

This limited seating event requires registration to attend. Register before September 7th at  Contact GCDC at 608-328-9452, or for questions.

GCDC is a non-profit organization that serves as a bridge between public and private partnerships investing in the economic future of Green County.

Dan & Ashley Wegmueller of Wegmueller Farm and Dairy Stay

I’m a Farmer Too – Women in Ag event March 2 and March 23.

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension Women in Ag Programming,

I’m a Farmer Too Slated for Two Locations on March 2 and March 23.

(Wisconsin) Women are a key aspect of the agriculture industry and are responsible for many facets of the farm. This program is geared toward women and the many hats they wear in the agricultural industry. Planning for the unknown, farm biosecurity, telling your farm story, and farm safety topics will be presented.

Presenters and topics are as follows:

Planning for the Unknown with Joy Kirkpatrick, Farm Succession Outreach Specialist

Joy will discuss how to organize contingency plans for unexpected events, both short-term disruptions and catastrophic events; and will give a brief primer on what happens to property and other issues when there is no plan at the time of an unexpected event, such as death or disability.


Farm Biosecurity by Carolyn Ihde, UW-Extension Ag Educator Crawford and Richland Counties

With so many ways for diseases to come in contact with your livestock, implementing a few low-cost biosecurity measures can decrease the risk of transmission and allow for the tracing of disease movement in the case of highly contagious animal disease outbreaks. Take the small steps now to ensure proper biosecurity.

Telling your farm story with Amanda Cauffman, UW-Extension Regional Livestock Educator – Grant, Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties

Using your farm story to be an Ag Advocate and educate our communities about agricultural practices.

Farm Safety presented with Jackie McCarville, UW Extension Regional Dairy Educator- Grant Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties

Considerations on how to keep children and adults safe on the farm.  Exploring the potential hazards and dangerous areas while still having fun on the farm.

Participants will also be completing a craft project while they learn. Craft projects are Beef, Dairy, Sheep, and Pig themed. There will also be door prizes.

The following are the dates, locations, and county extension offices for registering for each location. The cost of the program is $35 dollars and covers materials, lunch, and craft supplies. Checks can be made payable to UW-Extension. RSVP and registration fee is required a week before the program date. We may cancel due to low enrollment, calling those who have registered. Please contact the host county Extension Office for that specific location for more information.

Executive Leadership Breakfast March 9

Executive Leadership Breakfast Is March 9

SWWRPC Executive Director, Troy Maggied to speak on Leadership in Changing Times

MONROE – Green County is like many rural communities in the nation. Populations are declining, housing options are limited, and labor shortages are apparent. In order to maintain the quality of life small towns appreciate, challenges that threaten that must be addressed.

On Wednesday, March 9, Troy Maggied from the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC) will share rural trends and best practices for moving forward positively.  He will specifically talk about ways to collaborate with one another to form a stronger county overall.

Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) is hosting the event as a springboard for building collaborative efforts to address these problems longer term.  As a non-profit, GCDC is the bridge between public and private partnerships aimed to serve our county’s economic development efforts.

The Executive Leadership Breakfast will be at Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th Street, Monroe. Doors open at 7:30; the breakfast buffet begins at 7:45 a.m. Maggied’s talk will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 8:30 a.m.  Attendees are encouraged to come with questions and ideas.

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested by Wednesday, March 1. Register at, by emailing or calling at 608-328-9452.