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New Round of Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grants Target Community Outreach

To spur connections between university research and community outreach, the Division of Extension and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education are expanding the Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grant series into a second year of funding for new research projects. The grant awards are targeted at prompting collaborations across the UW–Madison Campus […]

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New Training & Technical Assistance Center Dedicated to Rural Opioid Misuse

A 2017 survey by two leading farm advocacy groups, the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation, found that nearly 50 percent of rural Americans and 74 percent of farmers have been directly impacted by opioid misuse. Additionally, the correlation between increased substance use and poor mental health is well documented in research […]

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Extension, CALS representatives bring expertise to state conservation board

Among other roles, the State of Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Board (LWCB) advises the University of Wisconsin System on research and outreach needs. Board members include John Exo, Agriculture Water Quality program manager at the UW–Madison Division of Extension, and Francisco Arriaga, Extension specialist and associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Life […]

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Rural entrepreneurship gets boost with outreach funding

UW-Madison Extension is proud to join with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) on a new initiative to support rural entrepreneurship across the state. As announced by Gov. Tony Evers today, a $1 million initiative led by Extension and WEDC will provide much-needed resources, support, and technical assistance to rural entrepreneurs in need of support […]

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Extension, WEDC support economic development in rural communities

Five rural Wisconsin communities will receive help jump-starting their economic development plans as part of a pilot program between the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “This initiative is designed to give our state’s smallest communities the tools needed to plan and build a prosperous future,” said Missy Hughes, […]

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Extension internship offers UW–Madison students ‘eye-opening experience’

Abbey Rosenthal is an incoming senior majoring in nutritional sciences, nutrition, and dietetics and health promotion and health equity. Rosenthal worked to bring food equity to communities in central Wisconsin by working with farmers’ markets in Clark, Marathon, Portage, and Wood counties. Rosenthal found that nearly 54,000 households in central Wisconsin receive FoodShare benefits, but […]

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Introducing Division of Extension’s Agriculture Water Quality Outreach Specialists

Contact: John Exo or Amber Radatz Email: john.exo@wisc.edu; aradatz@wisc.edu The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Water Quality Program is excited to introduce its four Outreach Specialists located throughout Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, there is significant unmet demand for outreach and education on the science of agricultural production impacts on water quality. With these outreach […]

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Campus outreach programs dedicated to health join forces with Extension

Three UW–Madison education program units dedicated to community health and well-being joined together to enhance statewide resources for health and health care. The Center for Patient Partnerships as well as Covering Wisconsin are joining forces with the Division of Extension’s Health & Well-Being Institute this July. The complementary alignment of these units will expand efforts […]

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Badger Crop Connect topics for summer webinars announced

The Badger Crop Connect Webinar series provides farmers, agronomists, and crop consultants with timely crops and soils information. Webinars feature UW-Madison Division of Extension experts. Tune in on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm virtually via Zoom. Certified Crop Advisors can earn 1 CEU per webinar. Register at: https://go.wisc.edu/bccsummer22 Topics and speakers for summer […]

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Local 4-H Youth Lead Projects to Make a Positive Impact in Wisconsin

The 4-H Lead to Change experience prepares youth to address agricultural challenges in their community In a rapidly changing world where the supply chain and global production of food face new challenges, it’s critical we cultivate the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry. These young champions will be the ones who fuel the […]

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