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.
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.
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.
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.
Amaya Atucha, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, focuses on the history of grape growing, discusses differences between American and European species, and highlights the challenges of growing cold-hardy wine grapes in Wisconsin.
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.
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.
Dave Schreiner, Graduate Student, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, explores issues with viticulture in the Midwest. Concerns include cold winter temperatures, newer grape hybrids which are less well known and marketing the wines made from lesser known grapes.
Darlene Konkle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the state and federal responses to the avian influenza in Wisconsin. Konkle shares the timeline of events, the elements of an emergency animal-disease response and the lessons learned in dealing with this highly pathogenic incident.
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.