The students were exposed to monitoring the fish population, wildlife habitats, benefits of trees, soil management, agricultural environmental regulations, wind energy and plastics recycling technology. Agricultural agent Aerica Bjurstrom of the University of Wisconsin-Extension shared some of her photos from the event.
The move follows the changes Kewaunee County Fair and Brown County Fair officials made for some of their categories at their events. Dawn Vandevoort from the Door County UW-Extension says this process will hopefully make it easier for everyone.
Wisconsin farmers still have time to see a decent start to the growing season, said Mike Ballweg, a University of Wisconsin Extension agent in Sheboygan County.“But if it’s too wet, too muddy, there’s nothing you can do but wait,” he said.
“The university research has shown that each day after May 10 we lose a couple bushel yield and that’s simply because we have to plant a shorter day hybrid or the risk of a frost,” said University of Wisconsin-Extension agricultural educator Jerry Clark of Chippewa County.
Scott Gunderson, an agricultural agent for the Manitowoc County-UW Extension, said most Manitowoc County farmers have not been able to get out in their fields because there is too much moisture in the ground.
The power of the program lies in the parent participants who dedicate six weeks to the Positive Solutions workshops. The workshops are facilitated by a UW-Extension educator who shares new parenting information, encourages conversations among participants and supports parents/caregivers in their parenting journeys.
But Paul Ohlrogge, the area UW-Extension director, said cuts to the UW System eliminated about $3.5 million from UW-Extension’s budget, leading to a reduction of about 40 county UW-Extension staff statewide.
Jamie Patton was the guest speaker for the DK Demo Farms’ Spring Field Day hosted by Heim’s Hillcrest Dairy in Casco. Jamie Patton, a senior outreach specialist with the University of Wisconsin‒Madison & Extension Nutrient and Pest Management Program, discussed the importance of promoting soil health in improving farm sustainability and water quality in the region, as well as the relevant agronomic practices farmers can use to improve the biological, chemical and physical properties key to a healthy soil.
Alana Voss, 25, grew up on a family farm in Mauston. Like a lot of young people, she left her town to go to college at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. And right after she graduated, she moved back. “I could have waited, and came back a little bit later in my life,” she said. “My parents never forced me.” She got a job with UW-Extension in Juneau County and helps out on the farm. But she’s worried there aren’t enough people her age doing what she did.
Ann Wied, consumer horticulture educator with Waukesha County University of Wisconsin Extension, said this is a good time to plan what you’ll plant this year and to make sure your garden implements are cleaned and sharpened if needed, as “clean and well-maintained tools take less effort to work the ground,” she said.
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