Choosing to learn more about money

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Somehow, we are now in the back half of October. The weeks continue to fly by and I keep muttering, “How is it already …” — fill in the date. As we inch closer and closer to the holiday season, […]

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Garden Column: Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. As the growing season comes to end, it is time to clean and put your garden to bed for the winter.  A good fall cleanup provides multiple benefits for gardeners – reduces weed populations and disease, minimizes plant insect pests, prevents rodent infestation, […]

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The importance of early exposure to college for first-generation and low-income students

Article written by Vickie LeFlore, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. First-generation and low-income students often face many obstacles. Jenna Kroboth wrote in a 2016 report, the barriers first-generation and low-income students face “make it difficult for them to move on to a post-secondary education.” “Since higher education is no longer […]

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Helping Farms and Communities De-stress

Article written by Leigh Presley, Agriculture Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. I spent last Saturday at the Farm Aid festival in East Troy, working under the white tents of the Homegrown Village, a space dedicated to interactive exhibits focused on food and farming. Before the gates opened, I worried that the rain might […]

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Back-to-school food prep for success

The article was written by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Administrator. Originally published in The Kenosha News. Each back-to-school season, I try to add a few healthy habits to my family’s routine. Some are more popular than others; some failed because they just weren’t practical for our lifestyle, but a few “stuck” to become positive habits. Following […]

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Garden Column: Managing Wasps

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. Wasps often have a scary reputation for their painful sting, but they are highly beneficial insects in the ecosystem. They predate on many flies, caterpillars, and young insects that damages crop plants, and to a certain extent they also help in pollination.  Yellow […]

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Garden Column: Wild Cucumber Invasion

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties. Wild Cucumber Invasion There is a timing for all plants including weeds to be conspicuous at a certain season in natural landscape. In autumn, one such attractive weed that has begun to catch attention in southeast Wisconsin is wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata).  Native […]

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Innovation is the engine for economic growth

Article written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in The Journal Times. Economists’ understanding of economic growth and development processes has evolved with the times to an appreciation, in 2019, that the engine of growth and development is innovation. New products and services, novel approaches to social issues, and an entrepreneurial spirit […]

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Adapting to rapid change in agriculture

Article written by Leigh Presley, Agriculture Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. I recently spent a long weekend where I grew up, east of Wausau and north of Wisconsin’s Tension Zone, the natural division between the two major ecological regions of our state. Some would say that it’s also a reference to the lower […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First […]

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