PJ Liesch went to college and majored in the study of insects. Now he teaches other people about these interesting creatures and takes questions from people all over the state in workshops, expos, and other events. He’s the director of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab; he is a one-man show as the only staff member of the lab! PJ joins us to give us the expert spin on all things bugs!
Students from across Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn Counties are learning multiple aspects of agricultural safety, from how to operate a tractor, to responding to and preventing future farming accidents. The course is provided as a partnership between CVTC and Eau Claire County’s UW-Extension.
LaVern Georgson, the University of Wisconsin-Extension agent for Jefferson County who has been working as Jefferson County FTD Executive Director since the county got the bid to host the show, notes that agriculture is still a huge economic engine for the county. Grain accounts for nearly $85 million in county economic activity, milk is valued at $58 million in Jefferson County and poultry production is a close third at $55 million.
“But the meter maids kept giving me and the buyers parking tickets,” Barry said. “I still wanted to sell in Madison but couldn’t find a location. I called Ron Jensen of the Dane County-Extension and talked with Mayor Bill Dyke who liked the idea and John Polich of UW-Extension who said it should be a producers market only.”
UW-Madison dairy experts Bob Cropp and Mark Stephenson found glimmers of good news among the impacts on production and dairy stocks during their June “Dairy Situation and Outlook” podcast this week, including rising cheese, butter and milk prices.
Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is using the framework of the previously released Sporecaster app, but he’s working to customize it with new datasets specific to Tar Spot.
Rebecca Larson, an expert in biological waste engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that systems that combine multiple functions, such as treatment of water and organic waste aren’t common in Wisconsin farming.
“There’s this idea that nitrite is going to kill everyone on the planet that’s been taken out of context and blown out of proportion,” says Jeff Sindelar, a meat scientist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The science tells us that nitrite can be toxic at a certain dose and can cause human health concerns because high levels of nitrite and protein and high heat of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or higher have been found to be carcinogenic, but only in mouse models.”