Extension Ag Program News October 12, 2020

New websites

UW-Madison Division of Extension has initiated a website redesign. Farm Management and Livestock are two of the first programs to transition to the new topic hub format. New website addresses are:


Farm Management Topic Hub https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/

Livestock Topic Hub https://livestock.extension.wisc.edu/


Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture ‘Coffee Chats’ Fall/Winter 2020/21

University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension’s Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture program will start up it’s online ‘Coffee Chats’ again on Monday November 9th, 2020 at 10:00a.m. and will continue hosting on the 2nd Monday of each month through March 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Visit https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/heartofthefarm/conferences/coffee-chats/ for more details and registration.


Our first speaker will be Jerry Apps, author and rural historian discussing Women in Agriculture – A Brief History. Jerry will take us back to the pioneer days in Wisconsin and talk about the role of women in agriculture in his presentation: “Women in agriculture: a brief history.” He will share the early role women had in the dairy industry and how that changed over the years along with some personal stories of women’s roles in agriculture during the Depression Years of the 1930s and WWII, drawing on his mother’s roles at that time.


2020 WI Pest Management Update Virtual Meetings 

Registration link: https://go.wisc.edu/78t2bd

The format will be different this year because of COVID-19. Presentations will include pest management information for Wisconsin field and forage crops. FREE EVENT! 2 CEU Credits in pest management have been approved for each session! Speakers will include Mark Renz, Nick Arneson, and Rodrigo Werle, Weed Scientists, Damon Smith, Plant Pathologist, and Bryan Jensen, Entomologist.


The virtual meetings will be offered multiple times the week of November 9, 2020 and will run for 2 hours (please choose the option that best fits your schedule).

Schedule: Tuesday, November 10, 9:00-11:00 AM; Wednesday, November 11, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM; Thursday, November 12, 1:00-3:00 PM


Dairy Market & Nutrition Update

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 

Register by 5:00 pm, Oct 21 at https://go.wisc.edu/19k1tn

This year has brought many challenges and surprises to dairy producers across Wisconsin. How can we make sound management decisions as markets and prices remain volatile?  This update will discuss what to expect out of dairy markets for the remainder of 2020 into 2021.


October 22 Agenda:

Pandemic, Prices and PPDs… What will 2021 Offer? – Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW Center for Dairy Profitability Director

Feeding the 2020 Corn Silage Crop – Dr. Luiz Ferrareto, UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science & Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist


There is no charge for the webinar, and it is open to everyone who has an interest in this topic. Please register for this free webinar at: https://go.wisc.edu/19k1tn Registration deadline is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 21. Connection information will be emailed before 9:30 am on October 22.


Dairy Margin Coverage Decision Tool 

Signup for the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage Program runs from October 12 – December 11.  There is a new decision tool for the 2021 DMC program, accompanied by a 16 minute YouTube video.  Follow this link to the Dairy Margin Coverage Decision Tool, https://dairymarkets.org/DMC/

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