Scott Rankin, Department of Food Science.
The consumption of raw milk has been a controversial issue since pasteurization was first discovered. Passionate devotees actively proclaim multiple health benefits from consuming raw milk. Those charged with ensuring a safe food supply display equal passion and certainty. How will the "Dairy State" navigate through the issue of raw milk consumption?
Jerry Apps, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Madison.
Jerry Apps details the agricultural history of Wisconsin from the planting of wheat to the introduction of cattle farming and cheese making. He follows the trends from pre-statehood days until the present and talks about the advances in agricultural technologies.
Paul Esker, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
Paul Esker discusses how field crops fit in Wisconsin agricultural, changes in production and the impact of diseases. Plant diseases can reduce yield and quality of crops, but the likelihood of loss is affected by many factors including recent diseases from the past growing seasons that affected our corn, soybean, and wheat
Michael J. Goc, Author, Editor.
Beginning with the first furrow dug by Billy Johnson in 1838, Michael Goc chronicles the end of the prairie environment and the prairie landscape in Wisconsin. Farming, logging, the introduction of cattle and changing the course of waterways all have played a part in creating a new landscape.
William Bland Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison
Professor William Bland reviews the basics of groundwater then discusses the research being done to understand the linkage between the groundwater level, irrigated agriculture and pumping water. He incorporates his work over the past two years to explain and offer insight to the dwindling level of groundwater in Madison.
Rich Hartel Professor of Food Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison.
Learn through your taste buds about the delectable world of chocolate and compound coatings with professor of food science Rich Hartel.
Gail Ambrosius Owner, Gail Ambrosius Chocolates
Gail Ambrosius speaks about opening her first chocolate shop on the east side of Madison in 2004. She discusses how she got established, some opportunities she came across, and some of the challenges of opening her own business in the specialty niche market.
Sarah Lloyd Research Assistant, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison
Sarah Lloyd has done research through the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at UW Madison about life satisfaction on dairy farms. She gives some background about what goes on in dairy farming then talks about her specific research on life satisfaction.
David Spooner, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about major discoveries with cultivated and wild potatoes: species diversity, where they grow, their classifications, and the origins of the first cultivated potatoes.
Michael Notaro, an associate scientist at the Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison, talks about global climate change, climate models and the impact on Wisconsin. He discusses the interaction between climate change and the growing season.