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  • Recapping the Avian Flu Outbreak – News from Cooperative Extension
    of birds that come in contact with it especially chickens and turkeys Sevie Kenyon Ron where are we here in the state of Wisconsin with the influenza Ron Kean We had ten facilities in Wisconsin that had outbreaks including turkeys chickens and a backyard mixed flock All of those were quarantined all of the birds on those farms were depopulated and fortunately all the quarantines are now lifted and the farms are repopulating with new flocks Sevie Kenyon One of the questions about the loss of all these birds is what s the effect on egg supply and turkey supply Ron Kean Yeah egg supply there s a real shortage and probably everyone has noticed the prices have up considerably There haven t been shortages that I know of in the stores but liquid egg for baking and things there s been some shortages Sevie Kenyon Ron what s the outlook for turkeys Ron Kean There have been a few shortages of turkeys in some situations but generally I think other than the price being higher there s been enough turkey to go around and I think there will be enough turkeys for the Thanksgiving market certainly Sevie Kenyon And Ron how long does it take the poultry business to recover from something like this Ron Kean With layers it s going to be a bit of a long process it may be a year and a half to two years before we can really completely get back Sevie Kenyon How about the turkey side of that Ron Kean The turkeys can rebound a little bit quicker probably four to six months if things go well Sevie Kenyon Are there precautions or things people should do now Ron Kean Well I think we ve preached biosecurity for many years and continue to You know don t borrow equipment don t track dirty things into your birds keep rodents and wild birds away from your flocks those are always important Sevie Kenyon Are there some lessons to be learned here for the hobby market too Ron Kean Well again I think biosecurity is important whether it s for influenza or for other diseases Sevie Kenyon And Ron can you give us a snapshot of the Wisconsin poultry business Ron Kean We have about four and a half to five million laying hens in the state we produce about 50 million broilers a year and probably around 6 million turkeys each year Sevie Kenyon We ve been visiting with Ron Kean Kean Department of Animal Science University of Wisconsin Madison Extension in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I m Sevie Kenyon Sharing is Caring Click Below to Share Categorized Ag Podcasts Agriculture EP Food Safety Tagged avian flu featured Ron Kean Post navigation Previous Taking a look at the Wisconsin Apple Business Amaya Atucha talks about upcoming varieties of apples in Wisconsin and shares new methods of growing apples in this weeks audio Next New resource explains increases in

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  • EP-Food Safety – Page 2 – News from Cooperative Extension
    grocery store it may seem that children only eat a limited number of foods such as deep fried chicken strips macaroni and cheese and chewy fruit snacks Not true says Gayle Coleman nutrition education program specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension Read More UW Enologist supports state wine business Nick Smith UW Madision enologist talks about the wine industry in Wisconsin Read More What s all the fuss about Listeria Recent food recalls have forced consumers to throw away foods such as ice cream and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes Read More Late blight strikes potatoes tomatoes Amanda Gevens talks about the appearance of late blight in the state and what to do if you suspect the disease on your tomato or potato crop Read More Tomato blights in the garden Brian Hudelson talks about tomato blights for this upcoming season and how you can get your plants tested for the disease Read More Post navigation Newer Entries Subscribe to receive news updates Leave Blank Don t Change Your email Categories 4H and Youth Development 4H and Youth Development Podcasts Ag Podcasts Agriculture CNRED Podcasts Community Natural Resources and Economic Development EP Food Safety EP Resilient Environment EP Stronger Economy EP Thriving Communities Family Living Family Living Podcasts featured Uncategorized Links Disaster Recovery Handbook and Quick Response Guide Extension in the News Do You Use Well Water An Introduction To Testing February 12 2016 Outdoor recreation draws people to Ironwood area January 27 2016 How Wisconsin Well Owners Can Act As Their Own Utility Managers January 26 2016 Modeling Effects Of Extreme Rain Over Madison January 6 2016 EXTending a hand in Dunn County December 26 2015 University of Wisconsin Extension An EEO AA employer University of Wisconsin Extension provides equal opportunities in

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  • Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program names new director – News from Cooperative Extension
    ten years with The Nature Conservancy prior to her work with UW Extension The WIMN program is part of the UW Extension Environmental Resources Center a statewide integrated center based at the University of Wisconsin Madison and University of Wisconsin Extension The WIMN program develops a corps of well informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities The program has trained almost 300 volunteers and 50 instructors and volunteers have logged over 6000 hours of service valued at approximately 135 300 The WIMN Volunteer Training Course provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history interpretation and conservation stewardship Courses combine classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists who are trained to deliver the WIMN course Training opportunities are located at host organizations university and college campuses environmental education centers and museums across the state Similar Master Naturalist train the trainer efforts are being offered in 48 states across the country Visit the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program website for more information or call 608 262 0020 Sharing is Caring Click Below to Share Categorized Community Natural Resources and Economic Development EP Resilient Environment Tagged featured Master Naturalist Post navigation Previous Wisconsin honors the impact of 4 H youth during National 4 H Week October 4 10 University of Wisconsin Extension 4 H Youth Development clubs and groups across the state will celebrate the ways 4 H has changed their lives and communities during National 4 H Week October 4 10 2015 County programs will host open houses and introductory events to raise awareness about 4 H and the many ways Wisconsin 4 H youth and adults give back to their communities Next When the president calls Judith Kimble talks about her new position as the Chair of the Committee on

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  • A visit to the Marshfield Soil and Forage Lab – News from Cooperative Extension
    3 000 manure samples Sevie Kenyon Robert what kinds of information do people get when they have one of these samples done Robert Florence Well from the soils aspect the basic package tells you your soil pH your phosphorous and potassium and what that tells you is either how much lime to add to the soil to adjust your pH or how much fertilizer to add or not add if you don t need to add any For the forage it tells a farmer that quality and digestibility of their forage So they can get an idea of how available that forage will be to the cows and then they will be able to adjust the rations for the different like the protein content or the fiber and digestibility Sevie Kenyon And why are these kinds of things important to the landowners and the dairy producers Robert Florence These are important because it provides a tool for them to use to better make management decisions So in the case of the soil testing it provides them a tool to make decisions based on fertilizer which could either save them money if they find out they don t need to apply any and it could also save the environment from the phosphorus fertilizer application And from the forage aspect again it is just a tool for farmers or dairies that are feeding cows an idea to better manage the forages they are feeding so they get an idea of the appropriate rations that they should feed Sevie Kenyon Robert can you give us a sense of what the future may hold what do you see five or ten years down the road Robert Florence Probably down the road there will be more emphasis on grid sampling for variable rate applications in a field and getting an idea of variability within your field There s becoming more of a presence of plant analysis and using plant analysis as a tool to see what the plant is actually seeing from the soil Sevie Kenyon Robert tell us a little bit about yourself what attracted you to this kind of work Robert Florence The chemistry and also the application of the chemistry It s really the melded of the two together where you use chemistry to get an idea of the nutrients in the soil and then being able to take that knowledge and apply it in a very immediate impact that also has a benefit of either saving one money or improving one yield or also being a good steward of the environment so it s a kind of a good mix for me as far as the chemistry and the applied application of it Sevie Kenyon We ve been visiting with Robert Florence Director of Soil and Forage Analysis Lab University of Wisconsin Madison in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and I m Sevie Kenyon Sharing is Caring Click Below to Share Categorized Ag Podcasts Agriculture EP Resilient Environment Post

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  • Disposing of plastics used in agriculture poses challenge for Wisconsin farmers – News from Cooperative Extension
    These materials can be very challenging to recycle said Joe Van Rossum UW Extension recycling specialist Understanding the volume and types of plastic waste generated gives recyclers the opportunity to estimate the amount of plastic available for collection The survey indicated that farmers would be willing to participate in recycling under various conditions Sixty seven percent indicated they would be willing to transport their waste plastics at least 10 miles to a collection point if free recycling was provided This compares to 55 who indicated they would be willing participate in a program that provided free on farm pickup Many farmers said they would be willing to pay for this service Thirty percent would participate if monthly costs were 50 or less and 11 would be willing to pay between 50 and 99 monthly for the pickup service What we have learned through this study will allow us to work with those interested in recycling and provide insight into how to best design collection efforts Van Rossum said This material is a challenge to collect and recycle The better information we have the more likely recycling efforts will be met with success The study was financed through contributions by Organic Valley Cooperative the University of Wisconsin Extension Solid Hazardous Waste Education Center and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company The study also included waste plastics generated by marinas nurseries and greenhouses The full report can be found on the Wisconsin DNR s website at http dnr wi gov topic recycling agplastics html Sharing is Caring Click Below to Share Categorized Agriculture Community Natural Resources and Economic Development EP Resilient Environment EP Stronger Economy Tagged agricultural plastics featured recycling Post navigation Previous Marathon County Junior and Manitowoc County Senior Teams top 2015 State 4 H Livestock Contest The State 4 H Livestock

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  • Pasture walk highlights research results on how to improve milk production on organic pastures – News from Cooperative Extension
    from new lane construction We wanted to focus broadly across Wisconsin to try to identify common issues found across the state said Mark Renz UW Extension weed scientist at UW Madison and the project leader Results will allow us to not only identify problems but allow farmers to prioritize which should be resolved first and have the largest return on investment With funding from CERES Trust this team of researchers have been collecting data from forty paddocks over the last two years Support from Organic Valley has been crucial in helping to identify farms that were willing to be involved in this project said Erin Silva assistant professor and UW Extension organic specialist at UW Madison Attendees are invited to a lunch which is provided through a generous donation from Organic Valley Sharing is Caring Click Below to Share Categorized Agriculture EP Resilient Environment Tagged feature featured forage organic pasture walk Post navigation Previous Planning for back to school shopping According to the National Retail Federation the average family plans to spend around 630 this fall School supplies account for about 100 of this budget with additional purchases including clothing shoes and small electronics Next No till planting on heavy soils Jason Cavadini discusses the no till research being done in central Wisconsin and the benefit no till has on soils in this weeks audio Subscribe to receive news updates Leave Blank Don t Change Your email Categories 4H and Youth Development 4H and Youth Development Podcasts Ag Podcasts Agriculture CNRED Podcasts Community Natural Resources and Economic Development EP Food Safety EP Resilient Environment EP Stronger Economy EP Thriving Communities Family Living Family Living Podcasts featured Uncategorized Links Disaster Recovery Handbook and Quick Response Guide Extension in the News Do You Use Well Water An Introduction To Testing February 12

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  • EP-Resilient Environment – Page 2 – News from Cooperative Extension
    University of Wisconsin Madison Extension research on emerging technologies and relevant crop production issues The event is scheduled for Wednesday Aug 19 at Arlington Agricultural Research Station Read More Wisconsin state and University leaders visit Upham Woods The Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center hosted Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch UW System Board of Regents President Regina Millner and UW Colleges UW Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen on Wednesday July 15 Read More Diagnosing spots on tree leaves Brian Hudelson talks about what types of tree leaf diseases to be aware of in the state and what to do about these diseases Read More Emerald Ash Borer EAB on the move PJ Liesch talks about emerald ash borer EAB and why it is spreading to the millions of ash trees in the state Read More UW Discovery Farms adds over 20 farms to Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project More farms have been added to a UW Discovery Farms project that will assist farmers in fine tuning their cropping systems making sure they get the most bushels of corn per pound of nitrogen possible Read More Post navigation Newer Entries Subscribe to receive news updates Leave Blank Don t Change Your email Categories 4H and Youth Development 4H and Youth Development Podcasts Ag Podcasts Agriculture CNRED Podcasts Community Natural Resources and Economic Development EP Food Safety EP Resilient Environment EP Stronger Economy EP Thriving Communities Family Living Family Living Podcasts featured Uncategorized Links Disaster Recovery Handbook and Quick Response Guide Extension in the News Do You Use Well Water An Introduction To Testing February 12 2016 Outdoor recreation draws people to Ironwood area January 27 2016 How Wisconsin Well Owners Can Act As Their Own Utility Managers January 26 2016 Modeling Effects Of Extreme Rain Over Madison January 6 2016 EXTending a hand in

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  • EP-Stronger Economy – Page 2 – News from Cooperative Extension
    tool for detecting and treating ketosis in dairy cows Read More Making improvements to sheep genetics David Thomas talks about sheep improvement programs and the role UW Madison plays in improving the sheep business Read More The Wisconsin sheep business David Thomas talks about the Wisconsin sheep business and how the University plays a role in the development of this industry Read More Check your free credit report for errors To make it easier for people to keep an eye on their credit reports UW Extension s Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign allows Wisconsin residents to sign up for free e mails to remind them to order three free credit reports each year on Feb 2 June 6 and Oct 10 Read More Learn more about Agricultural Grants and other financial options for farmers and food entrepreneurs Four Agricultural Grants Workshops will be held around the state to help farmers and other value added food entrepreneurs learn about available agricultural grants how to put together strong grant proposals and about other financing options Read More Disposing of plastics used in agriculture poses challenge for Wisconsin farmers Farmers in Wisconsin use plastics in a variety of ways One of the most visible is the storage of animal feed in long tubes of plastic film called silo silage bags Farmers use silo bags because they are relatively inexpensive and provide flexibility in managing their harvest However the bags are not reusable and managing the large dirty plastic sheets is challenging and costly Read More Post navigation Older Entries Newer Entries Subscribe to receive news updates Leave Blank Don t Change Your email Categories 4H and Youth Development 4H and Youth Development Podcasts Ag Podcasts Agriculture CNRED Podcasts Community Natural Resources and Economic Development EP Food Safety EP Resilient Environment EP Stronger

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