Secrets to Financial Happiness for a Lifetime

Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, UW-Extension/ UW-Madison, introduces strategies for realizing financial security. Olive focuses on planning for day to day expenses, unexpected expenses, setting goals and budgeting to allow for some “wants” in addition to covering your “needs.”

Trends in Wisconsin Biotechnology

Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Extension, highlights changes in biotechnology, focusing on genetic research, gene transfer, gene synthesis and DNA sequencing.

Reclamation of Nonmetallic Mining Sites

Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Zen Miller, Agriculture Dairy/Livestock Agent, Outagamie County, UW-Extension, explores modern farm animal feeding operations and production systems, the evolution of these practices and the technologies available today.

Wild Rice History, Biology and Harvest

John Haak, Natural Resource Educator, UW-Extension, discusses the history of harvesting wild rice by indigenous people as far back as 1000 B.C. and explains the Anishinabe (Ojibwe) migration to the “land where food grows on water.” Haak demonstrates the process of harvesting the wild rice.

Proper Tree Planting

Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Dane County UW-Extension, explains the dos and don’ts to follow when planting trees. Johnson focuses on planting the right tree in the right place, the requirements of the roots, types of planting materials and how to dig the right size hole for the tree you’re planting.

Perennials for Sun and Shade

Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Dane County UW-Extension, discusses the characteristics of perennials, winter hardiness, proper planting and watering, propagation and how to choose the right perennial for sunny and shady locations.

Avian Influenza

Kelli Engen, Public Health Officer, Barron County, and Tim Jergenson, Agricultural Agent, Barron County, UW-Extension, discuss the impact of the avian influenza on the Wisconsin poultry industry and on human health. This April and May 2015 occurrence resulted in the loss of a million chickens and turkeys.

Homemaking on the Radio

Erika Janik, Historian and Author, discusses the role WHA Radio’s Homemaker’s Program played in encouraging rural Wisconsin women to adopt new technologies which allowed them to improve the quality of their lives and those of their families. The Homemaker’s Program aired for more than 40 years.

Growing Blueberries in Containers

Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension Brown County, presents a simple technique to grow blueberries in soilless containers. Because the high alkaline content of Wisconsin soil makes growing blueberries difficult, Pandian recommends a recipe for a soil media with an acid fertilizer for successful blueberry growth in containers.


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