Although a fairly straightforward thought, the actual process of managing a profitable farm entails many different decision making steps. UW-Extension of Oconto, Marinette, and Shawano Counties are sponsoring an event that is designed to help producers as they make some of these important decisions.
They say knowledge is power, and the same could be said about data. Now more than ever before, information collected from every inch of the field is driving management decisions. But it comes at a cost. University of Wisconsin assistant professor and extension specialist Brian Luck explained how that cost can be justified .
“I think that’s not something that people always think about when they think of rural America or rural Wisconsin,” said Tessa Conroy of the University of Wisconsin-Extension who has studied the issue. “These are very entrepreneurial places. They actually have more proprietors per 1,000 residents than our metro areas. It’s also the case that businesses survive longer on average in rural areas.”
Forest County UW-Extension Youth and Family Development Educator Michelle Gobert talks about the training…
“….the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be here in Forest county to work with different organizations, specifically those in health care, social services, law enforcement and emergency responder field so they can learn to save a life….”
“What we’re trying to ask is if the reason these two predators can coexist in an urban landscape is because there’s such an abundance of resources that they can share it, they don’t have to compete for it,” said David Drake, director of the UW Urban Canid Project and UW-Extension specialist.
Farming also ranks as one of the most dangerous industries in the United States, according to the National Safety Council (2017); stress, long hours and physical fatigue contribute to injury.
But there are ways to find and use the throttles that control the flow of hormones and chemicals that fuel chronic stress. “Understanding the science of stress” will be the topic of the upcoming UW-Extension program for area farmers Wednesday March 21, at the Jackson Electric Cooperative.
“Not only do we have still a vibrant local market for organic products including community supported agriculture, farmers markets and farm stands, but we also see increased interest in our grocery stores procuring local organic product to meet consumer demands,” said Erin Silva, UW-Extension specialist and assistant professor of organic and sustainable agriculture research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The use of robotic milking machines is becoming more commonplace in the dairy industry, and their use will only continue to increase in the U.S., Dr. Douglas Reinemann of UW-Madison and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences associate dean of Extension and outreach said Feb. 15 at the Midwest Rural Energy Council Conference.
“If farmers markets want to grow in terms of the number of vendors they support, they need to attract more customers to show potential vendors that the customer base will be there,” said Bret Shaw, Associate Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison and Communication Specialist for UW-Extension. “We think that is part of why market managers are so interested in dialing up efforts to promote their markets.”
Fox Cities, it’s time for a talk. A real talk — face to face — this time. A talk about what’s going on in our communities. No more petty or hateful social media fights.
That’s the goal of Allyson Watson of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, which is hosting six sessions this spring and summer on our society’s ongoing political and cultural issues like the opioid crisis, use of social media, food insecurity in America, the economy and criminal justice.
Through the cooperation of the University of Wisconsin-Extension Lincoln County, the Merrill Historical Society, Lincoln County Farm Bureau and with startup funding from the Merrill Area Community Foundation, the Lincoln County Barn Quilt project was initiated in 2013.
Tessa Conroy, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison and UW-Extension specialist provides input benefits and drawbacks to living in a state’s capital city.
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