Agriculture

GMO Crops in the Midwest

Joe Lauer, Professor, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison and UW-Extension, talks about transgenic corn and soy crops, the quick adoption of the plants by farmers over the past 20 years and consumers reluctance to purchase them.

Brighten Your Indoor Space with Living Plants

Patti Nagai, Horticulture Educator, Racine County, UW-Extension, discusses the selection, care and placement of indoor plants. Nagai explains how to care for indoor plants to keep them healthy and disease free.

The Future of Allen Centennial Gardens

Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Gardens, UW-Madison, explores the history and benefits of public gardens throughout the world and shares his vision for the Allen Centennial Gardens, located on the UW-Madison campus.

Potato Breeding in the North Woods

Jeffery Endelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, explains where different varieties of potatoes come from and discusses the new molecular technologies being used to expedite the breeding process.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Food Production

Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, explores commercial fish farming as sustainable food sources for the future.

Growing the Hazelnut Industry

Jason Fischbach, Agricultural Agent, Ashland & Bayfield Counties, UW-Extension, discusses the basics of growing hazelnuts, the work being done to create a hazelnut industry in northern Wisconsin, and the issues that the seventeen year breeding process presents.

Landscaping with Native Plants

Donna VanBuecken, Charter President, Wild Ones, Fox Valley and Outagamie County, explains new research which indicates that native plants are essential for a healthy ecosystem, shares her enthusiasm for native plants and focuses on their importance in the home landscape.

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.

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History

Jerry Apps, Author, "Wisconsin Agriculture: A History," explores the interconnection of landscape, weather, settlement patterns, governmental regulations, policies, research and education depict the history of agriculture in Wisconsin.

Wild Rice History, Biology and Harvest

John Haack, 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.” Haack demonstrates the process of harvesting the wild rice.

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