Organic Advisory Council, 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison. Public and private resources advise government agencies on organic issues and support organic production, processing and purchasing opportunities in the state. The public is welcome. Presentation on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Dr. Paul Mitchell from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss the implications of the report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency on the crop insurance program for organic farmers. Call 608-224-5120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Report is available at www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/05601-0006-KC.pdf.
? Advocacy in Action - Coffee Talk series, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Jefferson Street Inn, 201 Jefferson St., Wausau. Designed to foster communication between distinguished lawmakers, government officials and business leaders. Presenters are Brad Karger, Ken Day, Joanne Leonard and John Robinson. $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 715-845-6231, www.wausauchamber.com.
? Power of the Purse, Women's Leadership Council, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. www.heartofwi.com.
Professional Leadership Development Series, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., YWCA Wausau, 613 Fifth St., Wausau. $49 per session for nonmembers, $40 per session for members. Call 715-842-3381, ext. 101 to register, or www.ywca.org. "Performance Coaching to Build Top Talent."
SCORE Workshop - Starting and Surviving in Business, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Plaza, 200 Washington St., Suite 120, Wausau. 715-845-6231, www.wausauchamber.com.
? Small Business Tips Series, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Chippewa Valley Technical College, Neillsville Center. $29 per person. Feb. 27 "How to make your small business look big." Also April 24 and May 8. Seminars developed specifically for the small business working on a smaller budget or smaller staff support. Call 800-547-2882, or visit www.cvtc.edu/seminars and click on Business Training Topics. Registration deadline is one week prior to seminar start date.
? Wisconsin Cranberry Board meeting, 10 a.m., Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St., Madison.
Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium, themed "Hearing the River, Hearing Each Other," 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Alumni Room of the Dreyfus University Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Citizens, representatives from municipalities and industry, stewardship groups, agencies, educators and legislators will learn about the Wisconsin River, the monitoring effort under way and the timeline for the water quality improvement project. Attendees will discuss the project and related challenges, and provide input on the next steps toward improvement. The symposium to address blue-green algae that commonly occur in many of its flowages, including Lake Wausau, the Big Eau Pleine, Petenwell and Castle Rock flowages and Lake Wisconsin. The water quality study aims to identify areas within the basin where phosphorus reductions are necessary to improve conditions in the river and its tributaries. Register online, www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/Registration.