John T Lyle Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship Recipients Announced

The following students have been selected to receive a scholarship from the John T. Lyle Memorial Trust Fund for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarships are awarded annually to Dane County students who have a career goal in agriculture or a related field, exhibit a strong sense of community volunteerism and service, maintain high grades, […]

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Cover Crops for the Home Vegetable Garden

Cover crops have long been used on organic vegetable farms as a way to hold soil in place, improve soil’s physical structure, and even to increase fertility. With a little planning, they can achieve all these same benefits in a vegetable garden. The only tricky part is figuring out when and where to fit them into […]

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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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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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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. […]

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