Community-supported farms boost Wisconsin farm growth, experts say

WZAW
February 24, 2020

“We’re seeing more of the diversified agriculture coming into play when we see farm numbers going up,” Marathon County UW-Extension farm agent Heather Schlesser explained. “Most of them want to stay small because they want to know their customer, they want their customer to know them.”

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City, business group want to create new tax zone for downtown Stevens Point

Stevens Point Journal
February 19, 2020

A business improvement district is a set boundary of commercial properties governed by a board of directors, consisting of a majority of property and business owners inside the district.

Such districts let the property and business owner-controlled board decide how much they want to levy in additional taxes for projects, according to the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Local Government Center. 

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Benefits of Socially Reared Calves Are Many

Wisconsin State Farmer
February 19, 2020

While the focus of the workshop focused on ways to raise calves to be a healthy productive part of the dairy herd, Amanda Young, Extension Dairy and Livestock Educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension Dodge County advised producers to consider the economics of raising young stock and to decide whether or not they should be raising every heifer calf born on the farm.

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Farm to School Engages Young Students in Healthy Eating

Shepherd Express
February 18, 2020

Liverseed says the F2S work is accomplished through a strong support network including the SSCHC, DPI and supportive teachers. He also credits neighborhood organizations such as the Milwaukee Food Council, UW-Extension FoodWIse, Food Right, the Urban Ecology Center and others who support F2S’s multi-faceted programs.

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MOSES honors ‘changemakers’

Albany Herald
Feb. 17, 2020

The Bad River Food Sovereignty Program is a joint program of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, represented by Loretta Livingston, and Joy Schelble, University of Wisconsin-Extension agent. The program for the past five years has re-educated tribal members on harvesting and preparing wild foods as well as growing food in gardens and high tunnels. The program features classes on cooking, food preservation and native language.

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Hazelnuts offer a crop option

Successful Farming
February 13, 2020

In a 2017 economic analysis, UMHDI coleader and University of Wisconsin Extension woody crop specialist Jason Fischbach writes, “Once the plantings mature, annual net income is estimated at $3,400 an acre in low-yield years and up to $4,200 per acre in high-yield years.”

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In Fight to Survive, U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge

EdgeMediaNetwork
Feb. 3, 2020

“It can be very difficult for a smaller farm to afford this technology because you need, you know, a larger operation to spread those expenses across,” said Liz Binversie, an agriculture educator in Brown County for the University of Wisconsin extension office. She said she knows of one farm that went out of business because it couldn’t find enough workers and could not afford a robotic milking system.

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Central Wisconsin Looks Towards Hemp

WAOW
Feb. 3, 2020

In 2017, farmers were once again allowed to put seeds in the ground and start selling. But that comes with restrictions. Janelle Wehr with UW Extension of Marathon County said, “the biggest question I’ve heard is… ‘what does the permit process look like?”

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Extension Study Shows Troubled Waters in Town of Sherman

WXER The Point
January 30, 2020

Wisconsin water quality has been under the magnifier for issues such as PFAs and other pollutants, but an ongoing study by Sheboygan County’s UW Extension Community Development Educator Kevin Struck shows there are other, immediate concerns locally.

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Marathon County looks to address rural broadband issues

WOZZ
Jan. 21, 2020

“We know a lot of our rural areas are still struggling to have any sort of access to high speed internet,” said Melinda Osterberg, UW-Madison Extension Development Educator. “Some are even struggling with having access to landline phones.”

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