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Greg Blonde Retires from UW-Madison Extension Waupaca County

It is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude for his service that we are announcing the retirement of Greg Blonde. Since 1984, Greg has served as the Agriculture Agent for UW-Madison Extension in Waupaca County. His work and dedication have been integral to the local farming community, and to the broader community as a whole. […]

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Edible Startup Summit (virtual) — November  9 to 10, 2020

The Edible Startup Summit will be held November 9 and 10 as a virtual training program. This popular program gives participants the knowledge and connections to start a food business. Participants will hear  successful food entrepreneurs and business development experts speak about various aspects of developing a sustainable food business. Participants will also learn about trends in the food sector; […]

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4-H Friday! – September 25th

Exciting news – the Wisconsin 4-H Program is launching the NEW Wisconsin 4-H Movement! How do you live out the Wisconsin 4-H Movement? Also, watch for ways to help celebrate National 4-H Week. #wi4hmovement. Check out the “Color Changing Leaves & Leaf Printing” websites, and make a batch of “Snickerdoodles” a recipe from the 4-H […]

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4-H Fall Forum

This year, 4-H Fall Forum is moving virtual November 6 and 7!  If you are a youth in grades 7 and above or adult 4-H leader you are invited to participate in this great opportunity with youth and adults from across Wisconsin.  The cost is $20 and that includes a t-shirt and some basic workshop […]

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4-H Friday! – September 11th

This week’s 4-H Friday includes a recipe for “Roasted Summer Vegetables”, “September 11th” community service ideas, and a “Scarecrow Craft”.   4-H-Friday-September 11th issue If you would like to take a picture of you or your family doing one of these  4-H projects, feel free to email it to me at penny.tank@wisc.edu, with the subject […]

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Resources for food safety education month

September is food safety education month and there are many resources to help everyone take steps to keep food safe and healthy. In the U.S. each year, there are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness – that’s about 1 in 6 Americans each year. Each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and […]

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September/October 2020 Newsletter – 4-H Forecast

Moving FOURward with 4-H this Fall! The September/October 2020 4-H Forecast is now available. Items included in this newsletter are Educational Experiences, Contests, Record Books, 4-H Enrollments, Member Opportunities and much more!  September/October 2020 4-H Forecast

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Update: The jar sealed, is the food safe? and other questions

Tested recipes recommend glass Mason-style jars and 2-piece self-sealing lids for home canning. In the past few weeks, one of the most frequently asked questions has been about jar sealing. Handling jars and lids correctly will go a long way towards successfully preserving your garden’s bounty for the winter months ahead. Tested recipes recommend glass Mason-style jars and 2-piece self-sealing […]

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4-H Friday! – August 21

This week’s 4-H Friday includes a cardboard tube project “Woolly Sheep”, a recipe for “Easy Fresh Salsa”, and ways to celebrate “National Senior Citizen Day”. This day provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for older adults dedication, accomplishments, and services they give throughout their lives. 4-H Friday August 21 Your feedback needed! Thank you […]

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Youth sought to showcase their ‘Livestock Lessons’

Livestock Lessons 2020 is a new animal science experience for Wisconsin youth.  Giving a Livestock Lesson is an opportunity for you to share your learning with others and to teach others about animal sciences. The potential topics for your lessons are endless! No matter what topic you choose, remember that the most impactful presentations are […]

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4-H Fridays! – August 14

This week’s 4-H Friday includes a recipe for “Deviled Eggs”. Learn how to make a “Recycled Milk Jug Piggy Bank” and a “Tower Building” made out of mini marshmallows and spaghetti or toothpicks! https://waupaca.extension.wisc.edu/files/2020/08/4-H-Friday-August-14.pdf

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Tasty Tuesday – Easy Salsa Recipe

With garden starting to really produce, this would be an excellent nutritious and satisfying way to use some of those fresh vegetables! Easy Salsa (Serves 8-10) Ingredients 1 ½ cups corn 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes 1 ½ cups black beans, cooked or canned 1/3 cup chopped onion 1 chopped bell pepper, any color 2 […]

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4-H Fridays! – July 31

This week’s 4-H Friday includes making a “Wooden Pencil Holder”, “Make Your Own Window Clings”, and a “Yogurt Fruit Parfait” recipe. If you would like to take a picture of you or your family doing one of these 4-H projects, feel free to email it to me at penny.tank@wisc.edu with the subject line: 4-H Friday […]

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DATCP Guidance on Unsolicited Seed Packages

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar packages have been received in […]

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Wild Parsnip and Spotted Knapweed

Wild Parsnip and Spotted Knapweed are common invasive plant species that have a lot of people asking, “How can I get rid of this stuff?”  Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, but these Division of Extension publications will help you better understand what you’re up against and the options available to eliminate or at least […]

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4-H Fridays! – July 24th

This week’s issue includes a “Copycat Solution” for copying your drawings, “Making Brownie Cents” with a recipe from the 4-H foods literature, and “Hopalong Game”!  https://waupaca.extension.wisc.edu/files/2020/07/4-H-Friday-July-24.pdf

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