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Applications Open for John Lyle Memorial Scholarship

John Lyle Memorial Scholarships are available to encourage the education of youth in the agricultural areas of Dane County, Wisconsin. The number and amount of the scholarships vary annually. The UW-Extension Committee of the Dane County Board approves the applications for the scholarships using the following criteria, not necessarily in the order given: Graduate of a […]

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Deadline Extended to Jan 20 for 2017 youth initiative funding from BYFY!

By Youth For Youth (BYFY) is a committee of local high school students who will direct approximately $30,000 to projects generated, planned and implemented by youth groups benefiting people across Dane County.  Each year, the BYFY committee sets funding priorities to meet the needs of youth in Dane County. By Youth For Youth’s 2016-2017 Funding […]

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Gehin named Dane County FoodWIse Administrator

Jackie Francois Gehin has joined the Dane County FoodWIse Nutrition Education team as the Program Administrator. She officially started her new role on Monday, November 28, 2016. FoodWIse is the new name of the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) which is a federally funded program to help limited resource families and individuals choose healthful diets, purchase […]

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New Healthy Communities Coordinator to serve Dane County

Claire Mance joined the Dane County UW-Extension team as the Healthy Communities Coordinator in November 2016. The position is funded through the University of Wisconsin Extension’s FoodWIse program and will address diet-related disparities by contributing to advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes to promote healthy eating and physical activity.  Claire has a passion for discovering […]

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Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 3rd & 4th, 2017  Ι  Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI This producer initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and is expected to attract growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Click here for more information and to register

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Nutrition education program changes to meet needs of new audiences

FoodWIse is new name of Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program A successful nutrition education program is getting a new name to make it relevant and accessible to more audiences. FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, or WNEP, has a long legacy of providing nutrition education to Wisconsin families and individuals with limited incomes. […]

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2017 Green Thumb Gardening Classes

Are you a home gardener looking become more experienced? In Spring 2017, Dane County UW-Extension will host the Green Thumb Gardening classes! This educational series taught by University of Wisconsin Extension educators and local horticulture experts will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving across the seasons.

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Welcome Barbara to Dane County UW-Extension!

Barbara Nunez joined Dane County UW-Extension as the Bilingual Clerk Typist in July 2016. Barbara has an extensive background in helping the community through various projects and organizations. Most previously she served as an advocate through the Dane County CASA Program helping foster care children in the Dane County Courthouse. She is currently finishing her […]

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Cover Crop Research in Dane County

Claire Strader, Small Scale and Organic Produce Educator, and Heidi Johnson, Crops & Soils Educator, are counting weeds and cutting biomass samples as part of an on farm research trial looking at cover crops as living aisles under organic vegetables at Blue Moon Community Farm. After the samples, they will till 24″ planting rows into […]

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Educator Spotlight: Heidi Johnson

Heidi Johnson is the Crops and Soils Educator in Dane County. She has worked with UW-Extension since 1999, originally joining the institution while completing her undergraduate education. After learning more about the assistance Cooperative Extension provides, she decided to make it her career. Johnson discusses her work with farmers across the state on cover crops, […]

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