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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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Ag Clean Sweep Program

Dane County received a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) agricultural clean sweep grant award for 2016. This grant underwrites our disposal costs so there will be no cost to farmers to dispose of agriculturally-related chemicals through the Dane County Clean Sweep program in 2016.  Agricultural-related businesses will pay only one-half the […]

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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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Dye visits Washington, D.C., as member of Wisconsin delegation

Jenni Dye, Dane County Board Supervisor, was part of a Wisconsin delegation attending the 2016 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in Washington D.C. The Public Issues Leadership Development Conference was held April 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More than 200 representatives from across the nation attended the conference, which […]

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Dane County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Mark your calendar for the Dane County Master Gardener Plant Sale on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11 am to 3 pm at the Dane County UW-Extension Office parking lot, 5201 Fen Oak Drive in Madison, WI 53718.

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Dane County UW-Extension Releases 2015 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2015 Annual Report with you. This year’s report highlights just a few of the great programs happening here in Dane County. Annual Report 2015 Want a paper copy? Just send a request by email to Carrie Edgar at edgar@countyofdane.com

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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 […]