University of Wisconsin-Madison demographers part of research team to win national excellence award for rural population research

UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory’s Katherine Curtis, Daniel Veroff, and Malia Jones are part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This prestigious and highly competitive award recognizes scientists who conduct exemplary research and outreach efforts across multiple states and in doing so enhance the visibility of USDA multistate programs.

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New Wisconsin partnerships focus on farmer health and well-being

Ongoing economic conditions continue to take a toll on Wisconsin’s rural communities. These conditions have led to many concerns about the high levels of farm stress, health concerns, and increased suicide risk. UW-Madison Extension is working with partners to provide education, resources, and support to mitigate farm stress and reduce suicide risk in rural communities.

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Edible Startup Summit 2020

Entrepreneurs from around the state will gather virtually for a two-day summit November 9 and 10. The Edible Startup Summit focuses on food businesses who are in the early stages of business development. 

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SWIGG Study Update – Well sampling completed; analysis still ongoing

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study (SWIGG) of Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties completed its fourth and final round of private well sampling to identify fecal sources of contamination. The study began in late 2018 to assess private well water quality in southwest Wisconsin and determine probable sources of any contamination found.

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Extension launches new podcast about new and alternative crops

Agricultural diversification is a hot topic right now. The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops for Wisconsin focuses on a single crop by interviewing researchers, growers, and movers and shakers behind each crop. Current episodes include information about hazelnuts, hops, industrial hemp, Kernza, malting barley, and prairie STRIPS. 

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National Farm Safety & Health Week 2020: Every Farmer Counts

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 20-26, 2020 with a theme of “Every Farmer Counts.” We understood this clearly in early 2020 as we began to see lines at grocery stores and occasional shortages of food and other supplies as a result of challenges to our agricultural, food, manufacturing and distribution supply chains. We also witnessed the impact unique workplace health exposures had among migrant, immigrant, and other workers on farms and in related food and meat processing facilities and how illness connected to workplace exposure could affect all of us!

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