Upcoming Seafood-Nutrition Workshop and Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association (WAA) in conjunction with UW-Extension Aquaculture Program, Wisconsin Sea Grant, and the University of Idaho Extension is conducting a mini-workshop as an introduction to the “Seafood at its Best Curriculum” on March 6, 2015 in Marshfield Wisconsin. The workshop is designed to assist consumer sciences educators, nutritionists, dieticians, food service personnel, […]

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New Federal Funding Guide Released for Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners

Updated for the 2014 Farm Bill Producers, landowners, NGO’s, and researchers who are seeking resources to help them reach their sustainable agriculture goals need look no further than the recently updated Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities Guide. The 86-page guide covers 63 programs, which coincide with changes reflected in the 2014 Farm Bill. It […]

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Farm businesses invited to list in new USDA directory

Are you a manager, operator, or owner of an on-farm market, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise, a food hub, or a farmers market?   We at USDA are making it easier for your organization or business to reach more customers.  We offer four directories to help local food businesses connect with buyers.  Building on the […]

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Obesity Levels Constant in Wisconsin, 29.8%

Madison.com reports on new obesity prevalence maps created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Self-reported obesity rates in Wisconsin increased very slightly from 2012 to 2013, but mostly Wisconsin obesity rates remain steadily in the 25-30% range. Twenty-two other states share the 25-30% obesity rate range. The CDC obesity prevalence maps also depict […]

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CDC Article Examines Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vital Signs: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children– United States, 2003-2010, examines comparative fruit and vegetable consumption. While they found that fruit consumption had increased during the time periods analyzed, vegetable intake had not changed. Additionally, most children did not meet the Healthy People […]

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Community Gardens Save Money, Provide Fresh Produce for Low-Income Gardeners

A recent study by the University of California Cooperative Extension demonstrates how gardeners in San Jose saved money by growing their own food in community gardens. Gardeners engaged in the study weighed their harvests throughout the spring and summer, yielding an average of .75 pounds of produce per square foot of garden space. Not only […]

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Hungry children at higher risk of poor school performance

School breakfast programs and innovative supplemental feeding programs help reduce childhood hunger, a problem teachers report is increasing. by Randy Bell, Michigan State University Extension According to a survey conducted by Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry, childhood hunger remains a serious issue for public schools. The survey found six in 10 K-8 public school […]

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USDA Launches New Farmers Web Resource

On June 23rd, the USDA announced its continued commitment to the future of agriculture by unveiling www.usda.gov/newfarmers, a one-stop shop for new and beginning farmers entering agriculture. It’s a practical, workable tool that will help farmers and ranchers of tomorrow tap into the range of USDA resources. This website features direct links to USDA programs […]

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Farm Commons on Food Safety, Farm Events, and More

Farm Commons provides legal resources, education, networks, and services specifically for farmers in Wisconsin. They offer guides to reduce the legal risks of food safety incidents and on hosting legally-compliant farm events, as well as a plethora of webinars on legal topics relevant to farmers. Beyond education, Farm Commons provides services to farmers ranging from drafting legal documents, conducting risk analysis, auditing, […]

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