Food safety begins on the farm

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley The recent romaine E. coli outbreak gave us all a good excuse to skip the salad bar, but that’s probably the most positive possible outcome of a foodborne illness outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year nearly 48 million […]

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Produce safety training sessions offered

UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection are offering trainings to help produce growers meet requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Trainings will be held throughout the state and cost $65 per person. Click here for the Wisconsin Grower Training Brochure. More information can be found at https://fsmaproducesafety.wiscweb.wisc.edu/.

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Stress on the Farm

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Listen to the news, and you’re likely going to hear something about the great economic times we’re experiencing: job growth, low unemployment, wage gains, or our huge local construction boom. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for everyone — farmers in particular aren’t feeling […]

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Resilient Farms Conference

Resilient Farms Conference Will Help Farmers Explore Ideas for Creating New Revenue Trisha Wagner, UW-Extension Farm Management Program, trisha.wagner@ces.uwex.edu Faced with lower milk and commodity prices, many Wisconsin farmers are looking to diversify and add new revenue streams. Towards that end, Compeer Financial and University of Wisconsin-Extension have planned to host the Resilient Farms Conference, a […]

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Dairy Revenue Protection Program

UW-Extension is hosting a meeting on February 6th in Burlington for farmers interested in learning about the Dairy Revenue Protection program, a new federal insurance tool, with a quarterly payout to dairy farms when milk revenue falls below their insured revenue level. Mark Stephenson, Director of the UW-Center for Dairy Profitability, will provide a comprehensive […]

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Recognizing the real value of local farmland

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Talking shop with my UW-Extension colleagues throughout the state usually involves discussion of upcoming programs, the weather, and how crops are looking in our respective counties. But lately one question is posed to me again and again: “How ’bout all that development down there?” So […]

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Considerations for purchasing rural property

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley I have a confession. Though much of my work pertains to rural affairs, I’m currently a city dweller. Life events have led me from the quiet countryside to a variety of living situations in semi-urban and urban settings. I value the experiences I’ve had living […]

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Water management on Wisconsin farms

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Water, and lots of it. May and June have pushed precipitation totals well above what’s considered normal for our corner of Wisconsin. As I watch local stream and river levels rise, I think about how water moves throughout our area’s watersheds and what it […]

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The push toward perennial agriculture

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Retirement means more fun and travel and less time for planting, watering and carefully tending to the marigolds, petunias and coleus that were often destined to compete at the county fair. I’ve found in my own flower garden that perennial plants are also a […]

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The Farm Bill and You

Article by Leigh Presley, agriculture educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. One item of legislation we’re not hearing much about in popular media lately is the Farm Bill.  Though it may not seem flashy or exciting at face value, it’s very important.  Simply put, the Farm Bill is the primary source of […]

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