“All of the things that would be changes here are likely to make this better for dairy farmers but also more expensive in terms of what it may cost Congress to fund a bill like this,” said Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.
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.
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.”
“How do we get people excited about our world?” Justin Hougham, an environmental education specialist at UW-Extension and director of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells. “Citizen science is a great way to do that.”
“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.
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.
“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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