Selling Maple Syrup in Wisconsin

Wisconsin ranks 4th in the nation behind Vermont, New York and Maine in production of maple syrup.  In 2014, Wisconsin producers yielded 200,000 gallons of maple syrup, contributing 6.2 percent of the country’s total maple syrup supply. The 2014 crop was valued at about $3.2 million. What are the rules for collecting maple sap and making maple […]

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2021 WI Century and Sesquicentennial Award Applications

Applications are now available for the 2021 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award, a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their life to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years. The 2021 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by US Cellular, will take place Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 15 at Wisconsin State Fair […]

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4-H Enrollment deadline for new member is February 1st

The 4-H Enrollment deadline is February 1st for new 4-H members wanting to participate in the 2021 Waupaca County Fair in the Junior Division. To enroll go to https://v2.4honline.com/   Use the family enrollment guide at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/4h-ext/files/2020/09/4HOnline.v2.Family.Enrollment.Guide_.pdf  For more information about Waupaca County 4-H visit our website at https://waupaca.extension.wisc.edu/

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Livestock Lessons – Round 2

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Wisconsin Youth Livestock – Division of Extension – Livestock Lessons – Round 2 Youth sought to showcase their ‘Livestock Lessons’.  Great news!  We are releasing the next round of Livestock Lessons ending on March 5, 2021.  The potential topics for your lessons are endless!  We would love for you to submit your […]

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2020 Wisconsin 4-H Virtual Meats Judging Contest

We are happy to announce that registration is open for the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Virtual Meats Judging Contest on Sunday, November 22nd, 2:30-6:00pm. This virtual contest will test the knowledge of youth in placement of carcass and retail cut classes, carcass grading, and retail cut identification. Juniors (age 8-13) and Seniors (age 14-19) are invited […]

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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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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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Container Gardening & Container Vegetables

Want to grow your own healthy food but don’t have a garden? Safer-at-home is the perfect time to try container gardening. Check out the new Extension fact sheet (PDF 599 kb) for specific variety recommendations, as well as Extension bulletin A3382 “Container Gardening” (PDF 58 kb) for more details on how to get started.

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Resources to Maintain or Improve Crop Margins

As planting season approaches, each management decision is an opportunity to help maintain or even improve crop margins. The following University resources are designed to help approach each crop production and marketing decision as an opportunity to maximize economic impact.  Just click the links below to access our UW research based recommendation. Thanks to Extension […]

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Feeding Unpasteurized Milk to Your Dairy Herd

In cases where a dairy producer is unable to ship their milk to a processor, this factsheet is to provide general information regarding the potential feeding of unpasteurized milk to the dairy herd. Read more: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/dairy/feeding-unpasteurized-milk-to-the-dairy-herd/

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DATCP DNR Milk Disposal Fact Sheet

With some milk processors sending letters to dairy farmers indicating they may be asked to dump milk due to COVID-19 issues (i.e. to many sick or quarantined employees unable to keep the plant running at full capacity), the WI Dept of Ag and the DNR have released a  Fact Sheet for farmers outlining the rules […]

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Ag News of Interest for Waupaca County

We have had several request for two recent Ag publications.   The first is County Profile – 2017 USDA Ag Census fact sheet and the second is 2012-2018 Local & Statewide Cropland Value. Please check them out.  If you would like to have additional information or have question on these or any agricultural inquiries, please contact […]

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Cow College 2020

Cow College update:  Farm Tour Map are now available.  If you haven’t registered and plan to attend on Tuesday, January 21, please call our office 715-258-6231 to register as soon as possible for an accurate count for food.   The 2020 Cow College will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 14 and 21.   Cost is […]

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Farm Management for Ag Professionals – September 13

Northeast Wisconsin farm business management professionals and Ag lenders are encouraged to attend the annual fall Extension Farm Management Update for Ag Professionals on Friday, September 13th at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Topics to be addressed include: · “Dairy Market & Milk Price Outlook” by Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Extension Dairy Marketing Specialist. · “Dairy Revenue […]

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Alternative Forage Crops

Winter kill and dry weather have some farms looking at Alternative Forage Crops to build back their feed inventory in 2018.  This is a two-page summary that will be helpful for specific planting and harvesting recommendations.    

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