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March Madness 2017: CoCoRaHS

By CPTP . | 3:28 PM, 03/09/2017

March Madness is here!  Yes, it’s that time again and I know several of you are already planning on wrestling away the CoCoRaHS cups from Delaware and Arizona, last year’s champions. This Year's Website YouTube Page This is our main recruiting campaign for most of the country and we could really use a resurgence of volunteers in each of your states this year...

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Now in its third year, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP), a project led by farmers to share information and test soil conservation practices on local farms, is seeing more farms enroll and a growing interest in soil-friendly farming practices...

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Crop Diversity Payday

By CPTP . | 11:05 AM, 11/28/2016

When crop prices are slumping, it isn’t easy to change the norm. Growing corn and soybeans is what many of you know and do all too well. But look closely to see the cracks forming in the corn-soybean foundation that dominates the Midwest...

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Joe Stapleton owns a farm near Spring Green, Wisconsin. He's a conventional farmer, so he does use some chemical herbicides and fertilizers on the fields where he grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa. But Stapleton also uses cover crops and no-till drilling, practices made popular by organic farmers to prevent runoff of soil and nutrients on his hilly farm...

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The Department of Soil Science, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension will host eight Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings around the state, starting Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 9...

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  Upcoming Cover Crop Field Days: There are several upcoming cover crop field days around the state of Wisconsin. Data from last year's cover crops will be presented and participants will be able to see this year’s plots and visit with the farmers...

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Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plants, can cause problems when it leaches into water supplies. University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching...

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Kevin Erb, Janice Kepka and Vikram Koundinya recently attended a training conference for USDA Farm Service Agency State Environmental Coordinators in Rochester, NY. The course was designed by Janice and developed in AgLearn by Brian Adams...

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Join fellow conservation professionals to better understand the basics of agriculture through a multi component course taught by experienced local, state, and federal conservationists. The course will feature both online and in-person sessions throughout May and June, 2016...

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The National Weather Service is looking for crop consultants, farmers, and others to provide precipitation information to help verify and ground truth radar estimates and create a more accurate picture of weather events...

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A new web map showing generalized agriculture land use in Wisconsin is now available. It was recently developed by Dan McFarlane, a GIS mapping specialist with the Center for Land Use Education (CLUE at UWSP) using USDA satellite cropland data layers from 2009-2014...

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Soil Health Photo Contest!

By CPTP . | 12:45 PM, 06/01/2015

Soil can be ugly and soil can be not so ugly. We want to see your best (or worst) soil health management photo. Upload them on Twitter and include @cptpcommunity and use hashtag #cptpsoilhealth! Please provide a brief description of what exactly we are looking at and you may see your photo pop up in future CPTP Course material...

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Release No. 0150.15 Contact: USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 Washington, D.C. May 27, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with U...

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June 11th, 2015 10:00AM - 11:30AM This webinar will highlight two innovative approaches to farmland preservation zoning. Ryan Brown, planning and zoning director for Waupaca County, will discuss the county’s farmland preservation overlay district...

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Program Information Managing Nutrients on Wisconsin Soils is a self-paced seven-hour online workshop designed for agency and industry personnel who desire to have a more in depth knowledge of intermediate to advanced topics in soil fertility and soil management...

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Participants will learn how to use RUSLE2 to develop before and after soil erosion calculations to determine if a field is in compliance with HEL provisions. By participating in this training you will learn about the soil loss tolerances that are used to determine compliance with HEL; how to use RUSLE2 to calculate erosion rates for before and after scenarios to determine soil loss tolerances; and how to use RUSLE2 to develop templates that can be used by the field office to reduce data entry requirements...

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Cultural Competency: Understanding Old Order Cultures & How to Conduct Outreach to Mennonite and Amish Populations Webinar Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities ("Plain" communities) are expanding into states where they had previously not existed...

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CPTP will be presenting at the Wisconsin Land and Water Annual Conference, which will be held on March 9-11, 2015 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI. Today is your FINAL day to pre-register...

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Midwest Manure Summit 2015 Recap

By CPTP . | 11:13 AM, 03/04/2015

The Midwest Manure Summit was held on February 24 & 25, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This informative summit focused on managing manure through new technologies and methods. The two-day event brought together experts from across the country and included nationally recognized speakers as well as farm tours...

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Training will be a combination of webinars using distance education delivery and an in‐person workshop during the summer of 2015 to get practice using some of the tools discussed in the presentations...

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UW Extension has teamed up with NRCS and the Brown County Land Conservation Department to offer an empowering workshop on how drainage systems work and how planning ahead can be the difference between improving crop yields and an expensive failure...

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UW Extension specialists in Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Soil Science have recorded 52 new YouTube videos which offer 18 hours of instruction for crop production, pest management, soil and water conservation and nutrient management...

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The USDA just launched an Organic Survey to try and gather data on organic agriculture production in the U.S. This survey was created as a result of a growing demand for organic products and information; producers who receive it are urged to respond...

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With the first 2015 CAFO Annual Update a little more than one week away, don’t miss your opportunity to save some money on your registration fee. Those who register for their local workshop at least one week ahead can save $15 on their registration...

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Wisconsin graziers and agency staff recently attended CPTP's Economics of Grazing Heifers workshop at the Brown County UW Extension office in Green Bay. The workshop featured grazing dairy farmer Wayne Craig, who discussed high density rotational grazing with dairy heifers and UW Extension specialist Rhonda Gildersleeve, who talked about developing dairy heifers using pasture-based feeding strategies...

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Does one of your upcoming New Year’s resolutions include earning or maintaining your conservation or agronomic certification? Are you planning to squeeze in an online course over the holiday break to earn some Certified Conservation Adviser (CCA) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits? If so, CPTP has just the opportunity for you! Several online training modules have been created through a collaborative effort between NRCS and UW-Extension and its partners to offer guidance on wind and soil erosion, prediction modeling, best forestry practices and conservation planning tools...

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REGISTER FOR CAFO 2015 ANNUAL UPDATE

By CPTP . | 9:45 AM, 12/10/2014

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations photo by Socially Responsible Agriculture Project

Seven Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Annual Updates will be held throughout February 2015 in Wisconsin. This annual update meeting is for Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permitted CAFO owners and managers, nutrient management plan writers and engineers...

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The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) Model is the most widely used tool for estimating soil water erosion. In conservation planning, erosion estimates are made for an existing soil management system and compared with alternative systems and with soil loss tolerance (T) values...

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Happy Holstein Heifers Grazing Away On a Sunny Day

An Advanced Grazing Economics workshop is being held at the Brown County UW Extension office, 1150 Bellevue Street, in Green Bay, WI on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The workshop will feature two discussion topics: High Density Rotational Grazing With Dairy Heifers, led by organic dairy farmer Wayne Craig; and Developing Dairy Heifers Using Pasture-based Feeding Strategies, led by UW Extension Grazing Specialist Rhonda Gildersleeve...

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Jamie Patton

Bill Spurley hasn’t tilled this Linden-area farm for the past decade, and the benefits of this low-impact approach were clearly visible to those who had a unique look at his land, from four feet underground...

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The Wisconsin Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is offering scholarships to UWEX and LCD staff to attend the Conservation Professional Training Program’s online Healthy Soils courses and in-field training that will take place in Lena, Wi on Oct...

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testing is the key to healthy soil

The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Conservation Professional Training Program, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is offering a suite of new online soil health courses, including a choice of field trainings on Oct...

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manure spill cleanup

As children, we all remember the fire drills in school. Even though we never had a fire, the fact that everyone knew what to do is the first step in dealing with an emergency. Like a fire drill, farmers need to know the right steps to take when an accidental manure spill happens...

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Sinkholes found in Midwest karst landscape

The word “karst” describes a landscape where, over time, water has dissolved part of the rock (typically limestones), creating wider fractures, sinkholes, and over long periods of time, caves and caverns...

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Dean Solomon’s article about Google Earth being an excellent mapping tool for conservation professionals is a reminder to conservation planners how easy it is today to let your fingers, rather than your feet, do the walking when measuring a landowner’s property...

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Why Does Healthy Soil Matter?

By Kevin Erb | 2:14 AM, 08/07/2014

Scientists agree that soil is a vital living resource, critical to boosting yields to meet our ever-growing demand for food. A good foundation for healthy soil includes creating just the right mix of physical, chemical and biological characteristics...

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