Agriculture

AGRICULTURE

Design of Humane Animal-Handling Facilities

David Kammel, Livestock Housing Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses how to create a facility that provides a safe environment for cattle and for the people handling the animals. Kammel presents examples of facility systems that integrate fences, chutes and restraints.

Udder Anatomy and Physiology

Laura Hernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, explains that the defining attribute of a mammal is that it has mammary glands. Hernandez uses cow udders to show how mammary glands work and she compares the nutritional make-up of milk from cows, goats, humans and other mammals.

Oak Ecosystem Ecology

Brad Hutnik, Forest Community Ecologist at WI Department of Natural Resources, explains how to determine if you have an oak-hickory woodland on your property. Hutnik identifies the kinds of plants and animals that depend on an oak-hickory woodland and discusses why they’re vanishing in southern Wisconsin.

Oak Woodland Management

Kevin Schilling, La Crosse County Forester at the WI Department of Natural Resources, explains how to cultivate oak trees on your land. Schilling discusses best practices for oak regeneration and the value of setting goals to maintain good quality oak woodlands.

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin

Erin Silva, Assistant Professor of Organic Agriculture at UW-Extension, discusses the history of organic agriculture, the regulations that organic farmers must follow, and how UW-Madison is supporting organic farming.

Calving Issues on Pasture

Abagail Beaver and Ed Metcalf, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine at the Leading Edge Veterinary Services, Hayward, discuss concerns that arise when a cow gives birth out in the pasture instead of in a barn. Because the cow has a natural tendency to calf far away from everything, the ability to access the cow and calf can also lead to other problems.

How to Talk About GMOs

Kim Bremmer, Owner of Ag Inspirations, addresses ways to share information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with the public. Bremmer explains there are currently only eight genetically modified organisms: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, canola, sugar beets, papaya and squash.

Soil Health, Microbiology and Grazing

Justin Morris, Soil Health Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, explains how to manage the soil ecosystem to provide healthier, more nutritious forage for livestock.

Preparing For the Upcoming Bumpy Ride in Ag

Kevin Bernhardt, Farm Management Specialist at UW-Extension, compares and contrasts the agricultural economy with the general economy. Bernhardt describes the cyclical aspects of the economy and discusses what farmers can do to minimize the impact during economic downturns.

Rain Gardens

Kris Pfeiffer and Margie Hannes, Master Gardeners in the Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener Association, discusses their experiences creating rain gardens. Pfeiffer discusses ideal locations, plant selection and how to plant a rain garden. Hannes focuses on maintaining a mature rain garden.

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