Wisconsin Pork Industry Needs Assessment
The University of Wisconsin Madison Division of Extension invites you participate in a Needs Assessment Survey for the Pork Industry in Wisconsin. Results of the survey will help determine the educational needs of Wisconsin swine producers. The Swine extension team can then shape programs to deliver valuable information to pork producers. Ensuring swine producers can be successful addressing the most critical challenges. All swine farmers are encouraged to participate in the survey regardless of size or type of farm. The survey can be accessed by going to the livestock.extension.wisc.edu website, going to the following link, or scanning the QR Code.
“Aging Mastery Program” helps older adults improve their well-being on 10 different topics, including exercise, sleep, healthy eating & hydration, finances, relationships, and more. Bridget from Extension in Green & Lafayette Counties and Ruth from Extension Iowa County will facilitate this series on Mondays & Thursdays, October 20-November 21 from 10:30-noon via Zoom. To register, contact Ruth @ 608-930-9850.
StrongBodies Program to Begin in Barneveld October 4th
“StrongBodies” is a progressive strength training program. It can help you increase your strength, bone density, balance, and energy. The program is led by trained volunteers and offered in Dodgeville and Barneveld on Tuesdays & Thursdays for one hour. The next Barneveld series begins on October 4. Call Ruth in Extension Iowa County at 608-930-9850 for more information or to register.
Wisconsin 4-H is starting to plan for 2023 educational programming, which involves travel and registration costs. An application to be considered for funds from Iowa County 4-H Leaders Association is due by September 30th. Members eligible for these experiences will receive an invitation directly from Wisconsin 4-H through your 4-H Online email (except for the 4-H Key Award). In order to be awarded funds, youth must be a member of Iowa County 4-H and have completed a record book for the previous year. Club 4-H leaders will be contacted to verify record book.
“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is focused on self-care so the caregiver can be physically & emotionally healthy to provide better care & make better decisions for their loved one. This 6-week series will be offered via Zoom on Fridays, October 7-November 11 from 1-2:30pm. This series will be facilitated by Ruth from Extension Iowa County and Laura from the Green County ADRC. To register, call the Green County ADRC at 608-328-9499.
Planning Ahead Program Begins September 13
“Planning AHEAD” will help people understand how to prepare for the end-of-life for themselves or a loved one and why it’s important. Topics include handling finances, advance medical and legal directives, estate planning, choices in end-of-life care, and final wishes. This 7-session series will be offered weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays, September 13-October 25 from 9-10:30am. Ruth from Extension Iowa County and several of her Extension colleagues will be the facilitators. To register, go to http://go.wisc.edu/SoAHEAD or call Ruth at 608-930-9850.
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Extension Horticulture & Gardening Resources for You
Do you have a question relating to horticulture or gardening? Iowa County does not have a dedicated Horticulture Educator, but the UW-Madison Division of Extension does have an online form that you can fill out. Simply provide basic contact information and ask your question, and your inquiry will be responded to by an Extension staff member or a Master Gardener Volunteer in your area. You can even upload up to three photos to submit with your question!
A link to the online submission page is located to the right (scroll down to where it says “Ask a Gardening Question” and click on the “W” shield logo underneath it). Click here for an instruction sheet that details how to fill out and submit the online form.
Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe
Check out the latest issue of the “Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe” newsletter, with informative articles on making sweet spreads and canning fruit, canning with less sugar, and drying/freezing strawberries! Click here to view a printable copy of the newsletter.
Regional Agricultural Educators Staffing Model Enacted
The University of Wisconsin – Division of Extension is moving to a Regional Agricultural Educators staffing model across the state. These positions will provide research-based education to dairy, livestock and crop producers by assessing the needs of farmers in their region and design and deliver educational programming and services to meet those needs.
Dairy, Livestock, and Crop production are the largest agricultural industries in the Southwest area of Wisconsin. The Regional Agriculture Educators have specializations in these areas and will offer their expertise to serve those industries and producers. Regional Agriculture Educators will:
- Design and deliver educational meetings and field days in a four county region that includes; Grant, Green, Iowa and Lafayette Counties.
- Provide consultation on production challenges to farmers and agricultural consultants.
- Contribute to outreach opportunities on agricultural topics through; workshops, virtual trainings, symposiums, websites, social media, and publications.
- Collaborate with other educators and specialists across the state and region.
- Engage with Agriculture Extension Committees on progress and planning.
We are excited to announce that our region includes Grant, Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties and will be served by: Dairy Educator – Jackie McCarville, Livestock Educator – Amanda Cauffman, and Crops and Soils Educator – Josh Kamps.
Dairy Educator Jackie McCarville joined Extension in 2017. Her dairy programming will focus on dairy production management including dairy calves and heifer management, animal husbandry and well-being, nutrition, and dairy x beef crosses to help dairy producers improve productivity, profitability, and efficiency while maintaining animal well-being. “I’m excited to bring my passion and expertise of the dairy industry to our local area.”
Livestock Educator Amanda Cauffman joined Extension in 2018. Her educational programming will focus on Cow/Calf, Feeder Cattle, and Dairy x Beef cross production, Swine production, Small ruminants such as sheep and goats, as well as pasture management. “The regional staffing model allows for educators to specialize and develop areas of expertise and allows for more efficient sharing of unbiased, science based information.”
Crops and Soils Educator Josh Kamps joined Extension in 2018. His educational programming focuses on field crop decision-making that promotes soil health and limits pest resistance. Specific areas of interest for demonstration and field research include cover cropping, forage crop rotation, manure processing technology, and weather resiliency practices. “For me the diversity within agriculture in Southwest WI is the most interesting part of Extension outreach service. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work within my specialized area of Crops and Soils while serving a diverse four county agricultural region,” says Josh.
To contact these Agricultural Educators please contact your local County Extension Office: Grant County (608) 723-2125, Green County (608) 328-9440, Iowa County (608) 930-9850 and Lafayette County (608) 776-4820.
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