County fair catches 4-H staff short-handed

Lake Geneva Regional News
Aug. 8, 2018

When county fair season rolls around, Chrissy Wen knows it is time for her staff to be in prime condition. Wen is director of the University of Wisconsin Extension office, which contributes to the county fair by coordinating 4-H clubs, managing livestock and tending to other ongoing needs. “There’s a million things that need to happen in our office,” Wen said.

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The Challenges And Successes Of Farmers’ Markets In Wisconsin

WPR
Aug. 8, 2018

Farmers’ markets have grown in popularity in recent years, but despite their rise, many local markets still fail in their first four years. We discuss the challenges and successes farmers’ market managers face in Wisconsin with a University of Wisconsin Extension researcher.

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Farmers’ market survey reveals the numbers and issues in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal
Aug. 8, 2018

The authors of the survey were Laura Witzling, a Ph.D candidate in the UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication; Marlie Wilson, a UW-Madison graduate with a joint degree in agroecology and urban and regional planning; Bret Shaw, an environmental communications specialist at UW-Extension and an associate professor at UW-Madison; and Alfonso Morales, a UW-Extension specialist and an associate professor at UW-Madison.

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Building Commission Approves $5 Million for Brown County STEM Innovation Center

Urban Milwaukee
Aug. 8, 2018

The three-story office and laboratory building will accommodate a new mechanical engineering program to meet the growing talent needs of manufacturers. Other tenants at the center will include the Einstein Project, a nonprofit organization that supports STEM education; UW-Extension Agriculture and Horticulture programs; and the Brown County Land and Water Conservation offices.

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Many plants can be poisonous to pets and livestock

The Washington Post
Aug. 7, 2018

Many weed varieties aren’t toxic unless environmental conditions make them so. “If plants pick up a lot of nitrogens from rain and rapid growth, and animals eat a lot of them, they can die,” said Mark Renz, a University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension weed scientist.

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Economist: State economy OK, income growth flat

The Country Today
Aug. 6, 2018

UW-Madison professor Steve Deller said the amount of data available to look at the strength of Wisconsin’s economy can sometimes make it difficult to establish just how good the economy is doing. He said especially in an election year, data is cherry-picked to convey a particular story.

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USDA: Cost Of Farming Increases In Wisconsin

WPR
Aug. 6, 2018

Farmers have avoided making these large purchases during the last few years of low commodity prices, said Mark Stephenson, director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Report: Cost of farming increasing in Wisconsin

Associated Press
Aug. 6, 2018

Mark Stephenson is the director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He told the Wisconsin Public Radio that farmers had avoided making large purchases during the last few years of low commodity price.

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Farm-City Day hosts grow to bring three sons into dairy

The Country Today
Aug. 6, 2018

Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County UW-Extension agriculture agent, said the Johnson farm is unique in that they grew their business “in steps” to bring in the next generation, and they have dabbled in registered Holstein genetics, with bragging rights to some high-ranking genomic animals.

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Dairy farms feel sting of tariffs

West Bend Daily News
Aug. 5, 2018

“In 2013 and 2014, China stepped in the world market in a fairly substantial way and bought a lot more dairy product than they had been buying before,” said Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “World prices, not just prices in the United States, but world prices went very high. That was also at the time when we had a lot of headlines about, ‘butter is alright for you,’ and we declared a truce and Time Magazine had, ‘butter is back.’ Consumers just went nuts with butter purchases and that was domestic.”

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Wisconsin’s Farmers’ Markets Come In Many Sizes And Structures

WisContext
Aug. 2, 2018

Farmers’ market managers in Wisconsin, along with other people who support farmers’ markets, expressed interest in learning more about what practices and features are common across the state. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences conducted a survey in 2017 to help answer their questions. It was based on self-reported data – primarily provided by market managers – about their practices and markets’ characteristics.

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Amnicon research aims to halt plant invasion

Superior Telegram
July 31, 2018

Garden valerian is spread through root nodes as well as seeds, according to Jane Anklam, horticulture and agriculture educator with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Kroll said he doesn’t see much in his fields, which are cut and grazed regularly. But with the current soft hay market, many landowners are choosing to leave fields uncut.

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