UW Cooperative Extension Cover Crop Workgroup Website

What are the economic costs of cover crops? What are the environmental and economic benefits? How do the nutrients from cover crops cycle through the soil? What is The New York Times saying about cover crops? All of this information and much more can be found on the UW Cooperative Extension Cover Crop Workgroup website, where UWEX personnel across Extension programs and disciplines provide resources regarding cover crops which will be frequently updated.

UW-Extension Farm Transition Survey

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University of Wisconsin-Extension is asking for your input about farm transition and succession planning. For more information, see the press release below. To access the survey, go here.

For immediate release: March 20, 2014 Contact: Amy Greil

UW-EXTENSION FARM TRANSITION AND SUCCESSION

PLANNING SURVEY

Farm succession has, by many local and statewide experts, been identified as one the most

urgent issue affecting farmers in Wisconsin. Nearly 6,000 Wisconsin dairy farm operators

(or two of every three) do not have a successor identified, leaving families, communities and

local economies in a state of financial insecurity.

This UW-Extension Farm Transition and Succession Planning Survey has been created

to determine needs regarding farm transition and succession planning for among farm

businesses in the state. Those with knowledge of the day-to-day operations and those who

own farmland are encouraged to participate in the survey. Any type of farm business can

participate in the survey if they are defined as a farm according to IRS definitions ($1,000

gross sales). Not all questions may apply to the situations of individual farms and no

question is required to be completed.

This UW-Extension Farm Transition and Succession Planning Survey was developed in

collaboration with Kenosha, Walworth and Racine Counties Cooperative Extension offices

with financial support from the UW-Extension Farm Team and Center for Dairy Profitability.

Questions about this project can be directed to Peg Reedy (peg.reedy@ces.uwex.edu) 262-

741-4961 or Amy Greil (amy.greil@ces.uwex.edu) 262-857-1935.

The online survey can be accessed at: http://goo.gl/oa0CFG A paper copy can be requested

from UW-Extension Center for Dairy Profitability by calling 608.263.7795 or by e-mail at

jmvander@wisc.edu.

Farm Financial Management Workshops for Women Farmers

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University of Extension Rusk and Taylor counties will be hosting Annie’s Project Financial Management workshops on February 25 and March 4. For more information, read Sandy Stuttgen’s news release below.

February 2015
Contact: Sandy Stuttgen, 715-748-3327, sandy.stuttgen@ces.uwex.edu,

Annie’s Project Financial Management Workshop scheduled for February and March

Medford, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Extension Rusk and Taylor Counties are hosting a two day Annie’s Project on Farm Financial Management. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jump River Community Center in Jump River, Wisconsin.

This workshop series is for farm women who are interested in learning or improving their farm financial management, which is part of the fabric of farm life. The series will be inter-active between speakers and participants with in-class exercises.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Records and Recordkeeping Systems
  • Filing Important Family Papers
  • Management Reports including the Balance Sheet and Income Statement
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements
  • Benchmarking of Financial Position and Performance
  • Decision Making Tools including Budgets

The cost of the program is $40 which includes materials and lunch both days. Brochures and registration information are available by contacting UW-Extension Taylor County office at 715-748-3327 or http://taylor.uwex.edu/ .

Annie’s project is an opportunity for farm women to learn about farm management skills by providing resources and information to improve farming operations. Class sizes are small which allows for opportunities to network with other farm women in similar situations.

Certified Crop Advisor Training Series

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Here is another resource brought to you by University of Wisconsin Extension! Free, online certified crop advisor training videos are available now. In addition to CCA training, they are great for adding to your general knowledge about integrated pest management, soil science, and field and forage crops.

Vince Davis has created a series of weed science videos that can be accessed directly from the videos page.

Palmer amaranth confirmed glyphosate-resistant in Dane County, Wisconsin

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Thomas Butts, a graduate research assistant, and Vince Davis report a new confirmation of a glyphosate-resistant weed in Wisconsin. Their full report is available here. For more information, please visit the WCWS documents page.

Resource: Wisconsin Farm Center

Wisconsin Farm Center, another resource from the state of Wisconsin and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, releases quarterly newsletters with a wide array of topics. If you are too busy during the growing season, winter may be a great time to catch up on Farm Center newsletters. Another great way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe to their email newsletter.

The Farm Center offers a variety of services to Wisconsin farmers.