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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Important COVID-19 Pandemic Updates for Farms and Farm Families

Below are important updates for farms and farm families related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus Food Assistance Act (CFAP). Updated information on direct farm payments is now available on farmers.gov/cfap.   Program sign up begins next Tuesday, May 26 and runs thru August 28.   Details on payment rates, eligibility, and records needed for the application are on […]

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PPP/EIDL Update from SBA (Video)

Here’s a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2YJ9r_6ibg&feature=youtu.be to view a recording of the PPP/EIDL Extension webinar for farmers aired this past Tuesday, May 12.  Note, the link starts in the middle, so you’ll have to back up the video to start at the beginning.  This is the most comprehensive and detailed summary of these two programs with lots of Q […]

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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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COVID-19 Fighting Through the Fog of Stress

It is critical that agricultural producers have the ability to make clear-headed decisions during times of high-stress, whether during unique situations (such as the current pandemic) or during normal times when farm stress is still a major concern.  This video highlight the important of planning and goal setting as a means to “regain” a stronger […]

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COVID-19: Minimizing Risk While Handling Farm Products in Containers

Practical information to minimize contact and infection from COVID-19 virus for farmers and others handling agricultural input products – seed, fertilizer, chemicals, feed, etc. in boxes, bags, plastic containers, drums, etc.  ALWAYS make sure to follow all recommendations and requirements for additional PPE when handling pesticides (follow label information) and consult MSDS and other safety […]

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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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Wisconsin DNR Information on Compliance During COVID-19

The Wisconsin DNR released a press release on Friday, April 3, 2020, which provides an environmental compliance roadmap in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is an infographic which outlines the Wisconsin DNR environmental compliance process. Additional information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the DHS website and the CDC website.

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COVID-19 and Farmers Exposure

Q: Is there any truth to the rumor that farmers and farm workers might be resistant or even immune to COVID-19?  A: No, see COVID19 & Farmer Exposure for details.

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State of Dairy Markets- April 1, 2020

State of Dairy Markets – April 1, 2020  by Mark Stephenson, PhD; Director of Dairy Policy Analysis – University of Wisconsin, Madison It’s a little ironic that today is April Fools day.  Our circumstances are no joke, and I feel a need to share what we know about deteriorating dairy markets.  Nobody needs a review as to […]

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