Wisconsin Master Naturalists: Volunteer stewards impacting communities

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program is a boon for environmental education and stewardship in Wisconsin. Since 2013, Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteers have provided $1.2 million worth of value to the state through more than 55,000 volunteer hours. This public service reached 163,993 individuals throughout 51 host organizations. Over 200 new volunteers will be trained in 2018, bringing the total to 863 volunteers statewide and 100 trained instructors. The program has representation in 66 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

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County workshop offer a primer, networking for county officials

There’s no official training program for county officials in Wisconsin, but Cooperative Extension’s Local Government Center (LCG) offers the next best thing. Partnering with the Wisconsin Counties Association  (WCA), the LGC hosts the County Officials Workshops, or COWs, in May, every other year, after county elections. Since the series began in 2002, 1,658 county officials […]

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Winter Ag Meetings zero-in on shifting market conditions

Heading into 2017, Wisconsin’s ag community was worried. Rumblings about crop market volatility had both farmers and the bankers who lend to them on edge. So in 2017, Conley, along with Bryan Jensen, Integrated Pest Management specialist for Cooperative Extension and UW horticulture professor, changed up the Annual Agriculture Winter Meeting Series to better meet the needs of farmers. The new spin: pivoting mindsets from growing another bushel to saving another dollar, or focusing on the inputs instead of output.

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Superior Days marks 33 years of community grassroots lobbying

In the mid 1980s, Northwest Wisconsin was slowly recovering from the recent recession. Its effects, like unemployment, lingered in the region, which lost more than 20 percent of its local employment base, including 40 percent of its manufacturing employment. The region of the state was relatively cut off from the rest of Wisconsin, accessible only […]

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Now is the Time for Strengthening Families to Prevent Youth Drug Use!

The evidence based Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is a cost-effective substance use prevention and skills building program that brings parents and their youth ages 10-14 together in highly interactive sessions that improve parenting skills, build life skills in youth, and strengthen family bonds.

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