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Taking Care of Your Herd’s Future

Heifers are your herd's future and you want them to grow up and be their best. The Raising Them Right: Dairy Heifer Management Workshop on Monday, March 7th from 10am-3pm will give you all the tools you need to give them their best. Click on this link to see more information about this upcoming workshop!

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Successfully Navigating Farm Succession Workshop

When: Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 10am-3:15pm Where: Dane County UW-Extension office, Room 121, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI Cost: $25 for the first person, $15 for each additional person from the same farm Agenda: 9:30am = Registration 10am = The Blueprint for a Successful Succession – Heidi Johnson, Dane County Crops & Soils […]


John Lyle Memorial Scholarships Available

John Lyle Memorial Scholarships are available to encourage higher education for youth in 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: Graduate of a Dane County high school Current Dane County resident Current or previous 4-H […]


Building Better Boards Bootcamp Sessions for Nonprofit Leaders

Nonprofit organizations rely upon strong Boards of Directors for organizational effectiveness. Boards may be responsible for setting policy and direction, for engaging stakeholders, for promoting and marketing the organization, for developing budgets, and for hiring and firing of the Executive Director. Invest in your nonprofit’s future by building your Board’s capacity today. The Building Better […]


Nominations for Youth Governance Program Now Open

The Dane County Youth Governance Program (YGP) is currently seeking nominations for the 2016-2017 term.   Nominees must be Dane County residents who will be in grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2016. The Dane County Youth Governance Program was created in January of 2012 as an opportunity for the youth of Dane County to make […]

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Dane County Extension Educator Awarded Second SARE Grant for On-Farm Research

North Central SARE recently awarded Claire Strader, Small-scale and Organic Produce Educator with Dane County UW-Extension and FairShare CSA Coalition, a $30,000 grant to fund on-farm research with local organic farmers. This is Strader’s second SARE Partnership grant in as many years. “One of the biggest criticisms of organic vegetable production is its reliance on […]


Preparing our Future Leaders

By Mary M. Kolar, District 1, Dane County Board Supervisor We see it all over the news:  politicians courting the youth vote, social movements and nonprofits run by Millennials, and an overall increase in the level of social connectedness.   Our country’s youngest generations are rightfully demanding to be heard.  This increase of the Millennial generation […]

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2016 Green Thumb Gardening Classes!

The 2016 Green Thumb Gardening Series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving! University of Wisconsin Extension educators, specialists, and local horticulture experts will provide in depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener. Classes will be held Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, February 25-April 14, 2016 at the Dane County UW-Extension […]

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Southern WI Vegetable Production Workshops

These workshops provide detailed production information on specific vegetable crops and farm systems.  Farmer presenters represent a variety of scales and techniques and focus on unique and successful aspects of their own operations.  Extension specialists also share current research on the crops.  Though these workshops are not exclusively organic, there is a focus on organic […]