Recently, Thomas Butts, a graduate research assistant, Vince Davis, and Dave Stoltenberg confirmed that a common ragweed population in Wisconsin is resistant to an ALS inhibitor. The full report is now available. For more information, please visit the WCWS documents page.
The Early Bird registration deadline for the Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being conference is April 16, 2015. For registration and speaker information, visit the UWEX Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being conference website.
University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Mark Renz and Tony Summers will be offering online training to the public on invasive species identification. For more information about the Wisconsin First Detector Network, please read their press release below.
Invasive species are expanding throughout the state of Wisconsin each year. While these species are often overlooked, they are impacting our state’s economy, environment, and even human health. Wisconsin’s First Detector Network (WIFDN) was established in 2014 to train citizen scientists help prevent these impacts by looking for and reporting invasive species. In the inaugural year we trained over 100 people that contributed over 700 hours towards this effort.
In 2015 we are seeking additional members to train (existing members can participate for free). What does it take to become a WIFDN volunteer?
1. Passion for protecting Wisconsin from invasive species
2. Register for training videos/webinars ($30 registration fee, see below)
3. Volunteer 24 hours of service towards invasive species monitoring or education
Participants will receive detailed training on invasive species biology, impacts, and identification as well as the opportunity to participate in projects specifically designed for WIFDN members.
It all begins March 13th with the first of 5 biweekly webinars.
Click here to register for the 2015 WIFDN training. Registration is $30 and open until March 26, 2015. If you cannot afford the registration limited scholarships are available please contact us!
See our website for more details about WIFDN and the training session: fyi.uwex.edu/wifdn
Tony Summers, WIFDN Coordinator; PHONE: 608 262-9570; email@example.com
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 262-
741-4961 or Amy Greil (email@example.com) 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
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.
Contact: Sandy Stuttgen, 715-748-3327, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
- 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.
Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of webinars this winter discussing how and why to consider using wood for energy. For more information, please read Scott Sanford’s press release below:
Contact: Scott Sanford, email@example.com, 608-262-5062
Wisconsin Refuels with Wood Energy webinar series scheduled for February – April
Madison, Wis. – Wood is an abundant resource in Wisconsin and can be used to replace fossil fuel that is imported into the state thus creating jobs and keeping money in Wisconsin. Businesses, schools, greenhouses and residences currently using LP gas, heating oil or electricity may be able to reduce their energy cost with the use of efficient wood burning appliances.
The Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET), a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to promote the efficient use of wood energy for heating, processing and power, is hosting a series of educational webinars entitled “Wisconsin Refuels with Wood Energy” on the efficient use of wood energy.
The webinars are scheduled for Wednesdays at 1 p.m. from Feb. 18 through April 8. The webinars are free but registration is required.
· How Wood Energy Compares to Fossil Fuels;
· Wood Fuel Types and Combustion Appliances;
· Economics and Case Studies of Wood Combustion Systems;
· Feasibility Assessment Tools;
· Financing Options;
· Wood Fuel Supply and Distribution;
· Industrial Wood Heating and Power Systems
· Cluster Development and District Heating
The webinars will cover everything from a residential wood burning stove to an industrial combined heat and power applications. Businesses using propane, heating oil or electricity for heating, Educators, Economic Development Agents, Rural School District Facility Managers, Municipal Facility Managers, Heating Contractors, Home Owners are encouraged to participate in the webinars.
Go to wisconsinwoodenergy.org under the “Events and news” tab for a link to the registration.
This programming is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service to establish a Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET). The SWET aims to expand markets that convert woody biomass into energy, advance installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in public and private facilities, and support wildfire mitigation, forest restoration, urban wood utilization and other forest management goals that utilize Wisconsin woody biomass.
The Core SWET members include the USFS, Wisconsin SEO, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Extension, Sustainability Resources Institute, Renewable Resources Solutions, Marth Companies, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Heating the Midwest. To learn more, please visit: wisconsinwoodenergy.org
Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Vince Davis about the recent confirmations of herbicide-resistant weeds in Wisconsin. To read or listen to the interview, please visit the WPR website.
University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting clinics to understand feeding economics, current prices, and animal health concerns for Wisconsin Cattle Feeders. For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Beef Information center website.
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.