Upcoming Events

Upcoming Dane County UW-Extension workshops, classes and events:

  • Edible Startup Summit Planned for November
    If you’re considering starting a local food business or already in the early stages of development, then make plans to attend the Edible Startup Summit scheduled Nov. 17-18 at the American Family Center in Madison. Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Ag and Food Center and Dane County UW-Extension, the […] […]
  • MASTER COMPOSTER PROGRAM
    Dane County UW-Extension and the City of Madison are pleased to offer the Master Composter 2017. The Instructor Workshop will take place on Monday September 25 and Monday, October 2, 2017 (6-9 p.m.) and will be held at the Dane County UW-Extension Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison. To become certified as a Master Composter […]
  • 2017 Green Thumb Gardening Classes
    Are you a home gardener looking to become more experienced? This spring, Dane County UW-Extension is hosting the Green Thumb Gardening class series! Taught by University of Wisconsin educators and local experts, this lecture series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving across the seasons.

Community Food Systems:

  • Grants Workshops for Food and Farm Businesses
    DO YOU HAVE A FOOD OR FARM BUSINESS? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS? Join us for a workshop designed to help you identify which grants or other financial options might be right for you. This workshop will address ways to plan your project and strengthen your application. Friday, October 20th  Dane […]
  • Edible Start Up Planned for November 2017
    If you’re considering starting a local food business or already in the early stages of development, then make plans to attend the Edible Startup Summit scheduled Nov. 17-18 at the American Family Center in Madison. Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Ag and Food Center and Dane County UW-Extension, the […] […]

Agriculture:

  • Bilingual Agricultural Chemical Safety Videos Now Available
    Objectives of the video series are to educate dairy farm employees about the potential risks of handling agricultural chemicals and the safety measures to keep themselves safe. Since many employees own smartphones, videos are available on YouTube to provide easy access. The videos covered in the series are (English/Spanish): Introduction to agricultural chem […]
  • Graze Dairy Heifers, Reap the Benefits
    Late 2015, the Dairy Heifer Grazing Initiative started as a collaboration with UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program to increase grazing practices in Dane County. Research was conducted in 2016 on three Dane County dairy farms and one Brown County dairy farm. To download the fact sheet on the […] […]
  • Weigh Your Hay Now, Save Money Later
    Jennifer Blazek, Dane County Dairy & Livestock Educator “Eyeballing” your hay? It’s important to know how much your hay weighs, not only for more efficient feeding, but it also keeps your feed costs down. To learn more, check out the fact sheet on the UWEX Forage Team FYI website. Contact Jennifer with any questions.
  • Summertime Safety at Fairs, Festivals, & Farm Tourism Ventures
    John Shutske, Ag Safety Specialist Millions of people visit county and state fairs, farm festivals, and “agritourism” destinations every summer. Visiting a petting zoo, spending a day at the fair to check out the grand champion steer, or a taking a late summer walk through a corn maze or pumpkin patch provides opportunities for people […]
  • Determining Fair Pasture Rental Rates
    One of the most frequent questions producers ask is, “What is a fair rental rate for pasture?” In the absence of a commercial market for pasture, producers often end up bargaining for a rental price. For instance, if there is a large amount of pasture acres in a given area, the rent may be lower […]