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Advanced Soil Health Training

By Joan Laehn | 10:06 AM, 09/21/2018


Soil Health Test Kit & Training

By Joan Laehn | 10:00 AM, 09/21/2018


Conservation Employee Training

Twice a year WI Land+Water provides training for conservation department employees.  This training is for new staff and is also a great refresher for seasoned staff.  During the one-day training, state and federal partner agencies provide information about programs and topics integral to successful county conservation programs...

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Wisconsin Landscape

Wisconsin Land + Water is planning a four-week Groundwater Webinar Series! Schedule: Thursday, October 4: Wisconsin's Groundwater: Basic concepts and information resources Ken Bradbury from Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey (WGNHS) will describe basic concepts relating the groundwater flow, groundwater quantity, and groundwater quality in Wisconsin...

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The schedule for the 2018 Wisconsin Pest Management Update meeting series has been set. Presentations will include agronomic pest management information for Wisconsin field and forage crops. Speakers include Mark Renz and Rodrigo Werle, weed scientists, Damon Smith, plant pathologist, and Bryan Jensen, entomologist...

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The Wisconsin Cropping Systems Weed Science Program, WiscWeeds, is hosting two plot tours this July.  The first, scheduled for Friday July, 13, is a Waterhemp Management Challenge. According to our recent survey, waterhemp has become the most concerning weed species in Wisconsin row crop production...

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When planning a development project, you must know precisely the boundaries of wetlands on the property as determined through procedures specified in local, state and federal rules. A wetland professional is generally required to make the boundary determination and their findings are subject to review by regulatory agencies...

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The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension are hosting an Agronomy/Soils Field Day on August 22, 2018 at the UW-Arlington Agricultural Research Station. The field day will highlight UW-Madison research on emerging technologies and relevant crop production issues...

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Wisconsin Biogas Council

The Wisconsin Biogas Council has its origins in the desire to have an industry working group to discuss topics of interest and provide a non-competitive, collaborative environment that fosters education, problem solving, and beneficial use of biogas...

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New Resource on Micro-Irrigation

By Anne Nardi | 4:24 PM, 03/19/2018

Just in time for growing season! UW-Extension recently published a guide for guide those who want to use drip irrigation for gardens to large fields, from Apples to Zucchini and everything in between. Free download on the basics of micro-irrigation from the Learning Store: https://learningstore...

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The WI Cover Crop Conference is scheduled on February 27 in Stevens Point - to find out more go to http://fyi.uwex.edu/covercrop/. In addition to this conference, there is a great opportunity for conservation staff to participate in a workgroup and round table discussion with members of the NRCS National Soil Health Division...

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The University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting Manure Applicator 101 Trainings throughout the state in late February and March. The trainings are a great opportunity for farmers and custom manure applicators to overview road safety, manure spill response, manure gas safety, application regulations, and public relations...

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The University of Wisconsin-Extension is teaming up with drainage experts to offer a workshop on Tile Drainage on Agricultural Lands. Whether you’re considering tiling for the first time or adding to an existing field, or experiencing blowouts and other challenges, this workshop will empower you to understand how drainage systems work and how planning ahead is the difference between improving crop yields and an expensive failure...

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Wisconsin Land and Water Conference

By CPTP . | 10:43 AM, 03/22/2017

Did you miss the Wisconsin Land and Water Conference? We have you covered. Here are the presentations!

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Register Online Today! for the 11th Annual WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN GRAZING CONFERENCE FRIDAY MARCH 17, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GRAND OCCASIONS BALLROOM, OSSEO WI Featuring: Paul Dietmann: Emerging Markets Specialist, Badgerland Financial Tom Kreigl: Retired, UW-Extension & Center for Dairy Profitability Dr...

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A comprehensive training course guide for the Northwest Operational Area. View courses here or by clicking on the image below. 

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The Wisconsin DNR is pleased to announce that application materials for 2018 Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) projects are now available on our website. For more information about TRM grants, including what makes a good project, and how to write a strong application, please save the date for an upcoming TRM Grant Webinar, scheduled for February 23, 1:00-2:00 pm...

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Farm runoff standards are set to be tightened in Wisconsin, so state officials want to hear from the public about the proposed changes. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will hold four public hearings in January on the changes to the rule known as ATCP 50, with the changes precipitated by changes to the USDA's nutrient management standard...

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Madison, Wis. ‒ The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has added a new web interpretation for Wisconsin to the National Web Soil Survey (WSS). The Wisconsin Commodity Crop Productivity Index (WCCPI) for Corn Interpretation provides soil survey users with an inherent soil property based ranking of Wisconsin soils and map units for common crop productivity...

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Kaukana — The newly launched Alliance for the Great Lakes project is aiming to have farmers in Brown and Outagamie counties establish 2,000 acres that have a significant portion of perennial forages, or European cool season grasses, during the next three years...

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A new report released Oct. 3 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America’s recovering economy. The report also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014, creating or supporting an additional 220,000 jobs and $24 billion over that period...

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There have been some changes to the Administrative Codes regulating dairy farms.  As of September 1st ATCP 65 took effect which replaced ATCP 60 Dairy Farms and ATCP 80 Dairy Plants.  With that change, a number of regulations were changed to bring Wisconsin’s Administrative Code more in line with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance...

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Mark your calendars for the upcoming University of Wisconsin-Extension Pest Management Update meetings scheduled Nov. 7-11 at various locations around the state. The format has changed for 2016. Meetings will either be in the morning or afternoon and will run for three hours...

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karst, water quality, water, algal blooms, farming

July 18, 2016 Algae blooms in Florida and Lake Erie, Des Moines suing three northwestern Iowa counties for nitrate contamination, brown water advisories in Kewaunee County, whether the finger is pointed at urban runoff, failing septic systems or agriculture, water quality issues are making front page news...

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**Plan to join us Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00am for the second webinar in the Basics of Agriculture for Conservationists series with a free webinar: Working with Diverse Communities. Ben Wojahn, Vernon County LWCD Assistant Conservationist, will share his experiences working with Amish producers, and NRCS Soil Conservationist Ka Ying Vang will discuss farming practices in the Hmong community and some of the barriers they face when it comes to government programs...

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Madison, Wis. – June 2, 2016 – On June 15, two Green Bay area farms will host an “Open House & Field Day” event to demonstrate cutting-edge conservation practices used to reduce phosphorus from entering the Fox River, where it can contribute to the growth of harmful blooms of algae and dead zones in Lake Michigan...

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Wednesday, April 13th Overview of the NRCS Monarch Butterfly Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guide (*Replaced Basic Conservation Planning which will be on April 20) Steve Bertjens, NRCS State Biologist As the basis for the conservation planning process when Monarch Butterfly is identified as a landowner concern, the NRCS Monarch Butterfly Wildlife Evaluation Guide (WHEG) will be utilized to identify monarch habitat development potentials...

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A public Webinar will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 12:00pm CDT to provide an overview of the Report from the Manure Irrigation Workgroup. The webinar will include approximately 45 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes for answering questions submitted by attendees through the webinar platform...

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For Immediate Release December 3, 2015   An ACE in the Field: Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Tools for Ag Consultants and Educators Madison, Wisconsin-The USDA funded Useful to Usable climate initiative which is available in 12 corn belt states will be giving a presentation entitled, “An ACE in the Field: Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Tools for Ag Consultants and Educators (0...

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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 15, 2015 Useful to Usable Corn SplitN Decision Support Tool Now Available in All 12 Corn Belt States West Lafayette, Indiana-The USDA funded Useful to Usable climate initiative has just expanded their free Corn Split N decision support tool to include all 12 corn belt states...

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Please consider nominating a conservation champion to be honored at the 2016 WI Land+Water Conference in Elkhart Lake. Award categories include: Conservation Farmer of the Year, Outstanding Conservation Employee (three categories), Outstanding Supervisor, Conservation Steward, and Special Recognition/Friend of Conservation...

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The theme of this year’s conference “Cover Crops and Agricultural Resiliency” features a mix of general sessions and bus tours highlighting successful cover crop practitioners in southeast Wisconsin in a variety of cropping systems...

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WHAT IS CREP?

By CPTP . | 4:02 PM, 07/28/2015

CREP is a resource for those actively working the land to use to help meet their conservation goals, particularly those who currently till or graze land along rivers and streams. CREP is a joint effort between the Federal, State and County governments to complement working agriculture and the protection of Wisconsin’s soils and water resources...

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Release Date: July 24, 2015 Media Contact: Ashley Andre 608-224-5002 ashley.andre@wi.gov Jim Dick, Communications Director 608-224-5020 jim.dick@wi.gov MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel encourages farmers and members of the public to visit the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which is held annually to highlight the latest in agricultural technology improvements and brings together state and national experts on a variety of agricultural topics...

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Apps and Agriculture!

By CPTP . | 1:57 PM, 06/30/2015

agriculture, mobile applications, smart phones, farming, farms, conservation

In this video presentation, Brian Adams walks you through the wide array of Mobile Device Applications available for Agriculture and Land Management. This was developed as part of the SITCOM project. Learn about who is using it, where it is being developed, and what the best app might be for you: 

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SAVE THE DATE! MAR. 9, 2015

By CPTP . | 10:15 AM, 11/06/2014

Save the Date for the 2015 WI Land+Water Annual Conference Mar 9, 2015, Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Wi

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Pricing Wet Corn

By CPTP . | 8:53 AM, 11/04/2014

It’s that time of the year when Wisconsin dairy and beef producers and Wisconsin corn growers explore their options of buying or selling high moisture shell corn (HMSC). This is especially true this year in the northern two-thirds of the state with so much wet corn still in the field...

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Builds on Previous Investment in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production...

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Soil Video By: NRCS

By Kevin Erb | 9:46 AM, 10/02/2014

The Science of Soil Health: Soil Feeds Plants, and Vice Versa -- be sure to check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgy9ArBpNiI&index=11&list=PL4J8PxoprpGa3wFYSXFu-BW_mMatleIt0

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This fall look for a series of online and in-field soil health trainings: Intro to Soil Health Our introduction to soil health course will cover the importance of soil health to crop production and dive into the the three primary characteristics of soil...

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Landowners can create excellent and useful maps of their property using the freely-available Google Earth program. Posted on July 18, 2014 by Dean Solomon, Michigan State University Extension A good map of your rural property is a great tool for developing a stewardship plan or making management decisions...

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 farm bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026)...

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The Conservation Professional Training Program (CPTP), in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is offering a new soil health program that provides innovative strategies to help boost crop production, mitigate the effects of extreme weather events, and create sustainable, lower cost operations...

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