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Food Day 2015: Celebrating Food Through Our Senses

The 2015 Food Day Celebration will be held on the afternoon of  Sunday, October 25th from 2-4 pm.  This year’s event, Celebrating Food Through Our Senses,  will highlight the foods, cultures, and stories within our community. The celebration will be held at the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center. The annual Food Summit is open to all including community […]

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“Current Issues Affecting Local Officials” Webinar Series, October, 2015 – February, 2016

Extension’s Local Government is hosting a five part teleconference series titled “Current Issues Affecting Local Officials”. These programs were designed to provide unbiased information on the key issues facing local government officials. The following teleconferences will be held on various Mondays from October to February from 10:00AM-11:00AM: October 5th:                Engaging the Public When Issues Get […]

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Retirement Planning Classes – Autumn 2015

Whether you are just beginning to develop a retirement plan, rapidly approaching retirement or recently retired; consider this upcoming course. You will learn how to define long-term goals and return from the class with practical information you can apply immediately. This course includes a 230-page illustrated textbook and a UW-Extension estate planning publication. Couples may […]

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Fall Composting Training

Would you like to learn more about composting or lead others in their composting efforts? These Wednesday evening classes held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center are just the ticket!

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Devon Hamilton Helps Develop Leadership in Community

Devon Hamilton is the Grassroots Leadership Development intern for Dane County UW-Extension working with Sharon Lezberg, Community Development Educator, and Joe Hankey, 4-H Youth Development Educator. This Fall, Devon will be completing his fifth year of his undergraduate career as a Posse scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Landscape Architecture and food justice principles. […]

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New Program Offered for Dairy Farmers & Custom Heifer Growers

Dane County is looking for dairy farmers and custom heifer growers who are interested in raising replacement heifers on pasture! A Yahara WINS grant funded project, the Heifer Grazing Initiative is a collaboration between Dane County UW-Extension, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, UW-Madison, and USDA Agricultural Research Service. We’re […]

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Dane County Educator Awarded Grant for On-Farm Cover Crop Research

Dane County UW-Extension’s Small Scale Organic Produce Educator, Claire Strader, was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR ­SARE) for the project, Cover Crops as Living Mulch under Organic Vegetables. For the 2015 Partnership Grant, 52 applications were received and 12 were selected for funding. Strader says, […]

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Testing Pressure Canners

Testing of your dial gauge pressure canner can be done at the Dane County UW-Extension Office. Call Deb Neubauer, Family Living Educator,  at (608) 224-3722 to make an appointment for testing. There is a $3 charge per canner. Please bring the entire canner with you.

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FREE Compost Available at Dane County UW-Extension!

The Dane County UW-Extension has compost available for home, community, and school gardens to pick up using their own vehicles and tools. See here for directions: Office map and directions. The parking lot will be open at any time of the day/week until the supply is exhausted. Please take from the side of the pile indicated in the […]


Avian Influenza and Steps to Take to Protect Your Flock

Avian Influenza has been found on poultry farms in four counties around Wisconsin; the closest being Jefferson County, where two farms have tested positive for the disease. Since this is a highly contagious disease and because of its proximity to Dane County, poultry producers and small flock owners should be concerned and take steps to protect their birds. […]