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Shortage of agricultural agents creating void in farm-rich counties

Wisconsin State Journal
April 23, 2018

Karl Martin, the dean and director of the Extension’s cooperative division, said the reduction in ag agents is a function of working within a budget that was cut by $3.6 million two years ago as part of the 2015-17 UW System budget, which was reduced $250 million. “Until I can figure out ways to generate new revenue, we just have to make some of these difficult decisions,” he said.

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Leave forage ash in dirt

Agri-View
April 20, 2018

Ash takes the place of forage nutrients on an almost 1-to-1 basis. For each 1 percent ash, total digestible nutrients decrease 0.98 percent, according to Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Madison emeritus forage specialist. He recommends a goal of making forage with 10 percent or less total ash.

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Females May Reign in Future of Farming

Door County Pulse
April 20, 2018

The same goes for UW-Madison, where Dr. Kent Weigel, chair of the Department of Dairy Science, has seen the same dramatic shift in the past decade. “We had no female dairy science students until maybe 40 years ago,” Weigel said. “Now it’s about two-thirds, closer to three-quarters… it’s shifting an extra five percent every year.”

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Support your local meat science department

The National Provisioner
April 18, 2018

Dr. Jeff Sindelar of UW-Madison spoke about the progress being made and the features of the new lab, and it sounds like Wisconsin will have a world-class facility when it’s officially opened.

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Chronic Wasting Disease: Real Risk or Irrational Hype?

Undark
April 18, 2018

“Following basic, required protocols of separating venison from other meat, and removing the central nervous system and disposing of it properly, are the primary way of addressing processing concerns,” says Jeff Sindelar, UW-Extension meat specialist and an associate professor of meat science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Expert: MPP changes offer enrollment benefits

The Country Today
April 16, 2018

With the enrollment period in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency’s revised Margin Protection Program for Dairy open until June 1 but coverage retroactive to Jan. 1, farmers have some advantages they wouldn’t see in most years when it comes to signing up for a risk-management plan, according to Brian Gould, Renk professor of agribusiness at UW-Madison.

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Data integrated to support decisions

Agri-View
April 16, 2018

Di Liang was one of the researchers who described the project at the PDPW Business Conference. She’s on the team led by Victor Cabrera, a professor of dairy management at UW-Madison.

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Parents share successes, learn Positive Solutions during workshop

Journal Times
April 16, 2018

“It’s a program for all families,” said Pam Wedig-Kirsch, school readiness and family resiliency educator for Racine County UW-Extension and workshop facilitator. “It’s helpful to strengthen any family. We aren’t targeting that there’s a certain type of parent that needs this.”

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