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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


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. […]


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.

Barbara Nunez

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 […]

Heidi getting a close look at the weed count within the cover crop.

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 […]

Heidi video

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, […]

Annual report 2015

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

Claire Strader

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 […]


2016 Dane County Plat Books

The 2016 version of the Dane County Plat Book is available for purchase at the Dane County UW-Extension office.  The book now offers detailed information about county roads, rural land ownership, parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. Additionally, the book details land ownership, approximate parcel size, and county and town roads. It also shows the locations […]

grazing heifers

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 […]