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SARE, NACAA Announce Fellow Candidates

Pennsylvania Ag Connection
Aug. 23, 2018

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and the National Association County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) announced the induction of four leading Extension educators into the ranks of the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows Program. Announced at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., the new Fellow Candidates are:

– Jessica A. Kelton, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
– Kathleen Painter, University of Idaho Extension
– Nicole Santangelo, Penn State Extension
Claire Strader, University of Wisconsin Extension


Geese aren’t going away in Stevens Point

Aug. 22, 2018

Scott Hygnstrom with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and UW Extension has been working with the city on the problem using a new method featuring a Bio-acoustic device designed to scare the birds into the air, then using flares push them up the river to discourage them from coming back to the park. He says this summer proved to be unsuccessful for a variety of reasons.


The Corner Table podcast: Farm to Flavor

The Cap Times
Aug. 22, 2018

Plant breeders can make these kinds of adjustments if they know which ones to look for, and that’s where the Seed to Kitchen project comes in. This week on the podcast, we’re talking to Solveig Hanson, a beet researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Julie Dawson, an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture who founded the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative.


USDA looks to buy $50 million in milk to combat surplus

Aug. 21, 2018

“This is certainly a step to help address the current situation,” said Agriculture Agent Mark Hagedorn “We will have to see if it has a long term effect or not. We’ve lost so many dairy farmers over the past year and a half due to the tough financial time that we’re seeing.”


Ideas exchanged at first Dairy Task Force 2.0 meeting

The Country Today
Aug. 20, 2018

This meeting was the first one for the task force, led by Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at UW-Madison; discussion was facilitated by Dan Hill, a local government specialist with UW-Extension’s Local Government Center, who asked members to generate ideas on major issues, challenges and opportunities they see in the dairy industry within the next decade or two.


Tariffs hit farmers hard

Aug. 9, 2018

“It may be the case that some of that equipment simply can’t be fixed anymore,” said Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison’s Center for Dairy Profitability in a Wisconsin Public Radio story. “Any one or two years, you can get by not replacing it. But four years? Some equipment is going to have to be replaced.”