Michael Marlow, Wildlife Biologist at the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, provides a history of the use of dogs to protect livestock from predators. Marlow discusses the pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to use guard dogs.
David Ruid, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist at the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, discusses non-lethal techniques and preventative methods for controlling grey wolves and other predators. Ruid provides an historical perspective of how farmers have tried to keep their livestock safe and explores the impacts on both the environment and on the cattle.
Mark Krause, Chief Environmental Officer at Windy Drumlins, offers suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle. Krause discusses the use of aquaponics, the cultivation of fish and plants in one integrated system, at his farm and its use as a means of sustainable food production.
Carrie Hennessy, Horticulturist and Landscape Designer at Johnson's Nursery in Menomonee Falls, shares what professional gardeners do in the winter while waiting to plant gardens in the spring.
Elizabeth Meils, Plant Pest & Disease Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Mike Dummer, Merchandiser for Buck Country Grain, and Mike Murray, Pesticide Program Manager at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discuss their plan to protect bees and pollinators with the goal of keeping them healthy.
Jerry Nelson, Owner of Classic Gardens in Raymond, WI, introduces planting options for keeping your garden blossoming into the fall season. Nelson talks about planting mums, asters, salvia, grasses and other late blooming plants.
Scott Sanford, Senior Outreach Specialist in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison, explores some of the causes of grain storage problems including: too much foreign matter, the grain being too wet or too warm, uneven grain temperatures, not checking the grain often enough and not having a well cleaned storage facility before the harvest begins.
Amaya Atucha, Fruit Crop Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses orchard floor management systems. Atucha explains the importance of a healthy groundcover to maintain soil temperature and moisture, reduce weed competition, minimize soil erosion and provide a habitat for beneficial insects.
Kathleen Glass, Associate Director at the Food Research Institute at UW-Madison, provides an overview of foodborne illnesses, focusing on listeria monocytogenes. Glass explains where listeria comes from, how it can get into fresh produce, how to test for it and how to control it.
Pam Holy, Board Member of the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund in Kenosha, discusses the ecological development of the Chiwaukee Prairie which runs from Kenosha to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line along the Lake Michigan coastline. Holy talks about its designation as a State Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark and a Wetland of International Importance.