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Wisconsin proposed budget affects farmers

Ag Update

But the Wisconsin Farm Bureau would like to prioritize the positions of integrated specialist roles that would hold a joint appointment between UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension. Those specialists perform and teach the specialized research that is essential to Wisconsin farmers.

New county livestock educator named

Sun Prairie Star

Fuenzalida recently received her doctorate in dairy science from University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she gained extensive experience collaborating with dairy farmers and conducting research trials on dairy farms.

Dairy producers hit hard


Carl Duley, a former farmer, and now a University of Wisconsin-Extension agent with Buffalo County, helps farmers like Weisenbeck. Duley said he’s working with the state government to try to get local farmers some low-interest loans to help pay for their losses.

Program to help create, revisit farm’s financial blueprint

The Country Today

The UW-Extension Program, “Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward,” is intended for farmers interested in planning and preparing for the future of their farm business in the context of current challenging economic conditions. It offers an opportunity for farmers interested to further develop and/or re-evaluate their plans and goals for their farm with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions.

Spring into gardening 2019

Kenosha News

Despite winter’s grasp, spring will soon arrive! Prepare for it by attending the 13th annual “Spring into Gardening” conference hosted by Racine County and Kenosha County Division of Extension. The line-up of speakers includes local plant experts, University of Wisconsin specialists and Master Gardeners.

Produce farms to be inspected


In partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, produce growers can prepare their farm for inspections by participating in produce-safety training. The training is required for fresh-produce growers who must meet the federal produce-safety rules.

Food pantry seeks to collect, distribute healthier food options

Rhinelander Star Journal

Customers at the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry are seeing healthier food options on the pantry’s shelves. Together with the UW-Extension-Oneida County office, the RAFP is promoting a healthier diet and improved nutrition with the “Food Drive 5” program which encourages choosing food that is higher in protein, fruit, colorful vegetables, soups and whole grains.

Where to turn when you need help

Waushara Argus

One of the resources out there for farms is AgrAbility. AgrAbility is a partnership between UW-Extension and Easter Seals of Wisconsin. This partnership helps farm families that are dealing with a farm injury, disability, or other limitation.

Keeping farm animals safe in the dangerously cold temperatures

WSAW - Wausau

“When we get drastically below zero like this, it’s really hard. So for any of those animals that have been out-wintered, most of the farmers have either brought them in or tried to find them some sort of shelter to keep them warm and protected from the windbreaks,” said Heather Schlesser, an Ag Educator in Marathon County with the UW-Madison Division of Extension.

Competition draws German meat judges to Wisconsin

The Country Today

This was the second time the German Butchers’ Association, American Association of Meat Processors and UW-Madison’s Extension meat science program have worked together to hold this off-site competition in conjunction with the main competition in Frankfurt.

Wisconsin producers worry over hay shortage, high prices

Wisconsin State Journal

Richard Halopka, a crops and soils agent with University of Wisconsin-Extension in Clark County, said he doesn’t believe there’s a hay shortage in Wisconsin, but rather the hay available is lower quality than people would like to purchase. Halopka said the biggest price increases have been for low quality hay.

Robotics help region’s small dairy farmers

Capital Newspapers

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Biological Systems and Engineering Doug Reinnemann said about 300 farms in the state are using an automatic robotic milking system and the number is “growing steady” among smaller farms — usually about 200 to 500 cows.

2019 Midwest Manure Summit

WI State Farmer

To keep farmers and industry professionals abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in animal waste management, University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting the 2019 Midwest Manure Summit, February 27, 2019, Lambeau Field Atrium, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Master Gardener volunteers give back

Dunn County News

In Wisconsin, the program is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid UW-Extension educators by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.

Fewer acres, lower-cost crops, retirement, getting out? What’s a farmer to do?

WI State Farmer

As farmers hustle to finish the harvest, there is no sign of a letup in the long-term slump in commodity prices that are now being fed by trade and tariff tensions. The result is “almost a perfect storm,” says Mark Hagedorn, a UW-Madison Division of Extension dairy/animal science agriculture educator in Eau Claire County.

Craft cider makes comeback

Ag Update

To propagate artisanal cider trees, a producer often needs to graft. That’s exactly what 50 people opted to do on a Saturday afternoon this past spring as participants in the inaugural Hard Cider Apple Grafting Workshop hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

Spooner teaching garden wins award

Eau Claire Leader Telegram

The garden, which is a joint effort among the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, the Spooner Area UW-Extension Office and UW-Extension North Country Master Gardener Volunteers, completed against entrants in its category from across the U.S. and in Canada.

Agricultural educator serves counties

Ag Update

The University of Wisconsin-Extension in Barron and Polk counties has hired Becky Schley as a new agricultural educator. She will serve the two northwestern Wisconsin counties from a main office in Barron, Wisconsin.

Conservation-practice economics calculated

Ag Update

Farmers who are hesitant about transitioning to no-till practices might consider doing a test and hiring someone to do the no-till planting. The Uplands Watershed Group has a no-till drill available to rent at an economical cost, said Daniel Smith, southwest regional specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nutrient and Pest-Management Program.

Badger Swine Symposium set for November 9

WI Farmer

Wisconsin pork farmers are invited to join University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Wisconsin Pork Association, and the UW-Agriculture Colleges (Madison, Platteville, and River Falls) for the Badger Swine Symposium on Friday, November 9, 2018. The Badger Swine Symposium is being hosted at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Naturalist program boon for Wisconsin


The curriculum is developed at University of Wisconsin-Extension and delivered in partnership with more than 50 host organizations like nature centers. It’s customized to explore natural history, flora and fauna. Courses in southern Wisconsin may focus on prairie habitats, while those in the northern part of the state may spend more time learning about different types of forests.

New apprenticeship program creates pathway for organic vegetable farmers to train and retain skilled workers

WI State Farmer

“Students wanted to know where they could find positive internships and training opportunities for hands-on learning,” said Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture educator and UW-Madison assistant professor of horticulture. “This really brought out the need for a more comprehensive training program.”

CALS honoree values diversity

Ag Update

Maenner plans numerous educational events at which UW-Extension specialists make presentations. She strengthens connections between grower groups and UW-Extension, brainstorms educational-program ideas with growers, and manages research grants through associations, Guedot said.