Marvelous Monarch Butterflies

Judith Kesser, Member, Wild Ones, Milwaukee SW Wehr Chapter, explores the life cycle of monarch butterflies, their migration to Mexico and how to create desirable habitats.

Hard Cider: America's First Fermented Beverage

Deirdre Birmingham, Co-Founder and Proprietor, The Cider Farm, explains the history of hard cider, how it’s made, which apples are the best to use, types of cider and which food pairs best.

Grow Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin

Noel Valdes, Owner, CobraHead LLC, demonstrates how easy it is to plant, grow, and store sweet potatoes. Sweet potato plants can produce large yields and these nutritious potatoes can be used in a wide variety of recipes.

Simple Steps to Eating Local

Jasia Steinmetz, Professor, Food and Nutrition, UW-Stevens Point, explores ways to support and maintain family food traditions, energize youth and create jobs focusing on local foods.

The Story of Wisconsin Fast Plants

Paul Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, describes the evolution of rapid cycling Brassicas (scientific name: Brassica rapa) which have been used for research and education for over 30 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These plants require little more than continuous fluorescent light, water and fertilizer.

Challenges of Developing Food for a Mars Mission

Michele Perchonok, Advanced Food Technology Manager, NASA, explains the methods used to develop a food system that is safe, nutritious, acceptable and provides balanced resources for astronauts while they are traveling in space.

The Wisconsin Fermentation Initiative

Hans Zoerb, Lecturer, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the beer, distilled beverages and food fermentation research taking place at UW-Madison.

Do GMOs have a Role in Sustainability?

Dominique Brossard, Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison; Andy Diercks, Vice President, Coloma Farms, Inc.; Travis Frey, Middleton Site Lead, Monsanto; Erin Silva, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison; examine the challenges facing farmers, innovators and scientists to produce food for a growing population with resource and climate limitations.

The Dairyland Initiative across Wisconsin

Nigel Cook, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison, introduces the Dairyland Initiative, a UW School of Veterinary Medicine outreach program which provides guidelines on welfare-friendly dairy cattle housing. Farmers may access building assessments and other valuable information based on the latest research.

Predicting Fiber Digestion in Dairy Cattle

David Combs, Professor, Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison, explains the importance of the fiber digestibility of foraged plants as feed for cattle and sheep. Combs discusses an in vitro method to predict the rate and extent of fiber digestion that greatly improves the ability to predict how ruminants will perform on forages.


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