Agriculture

AGRICULTURE

Perennials for Sun and Shade

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.

Winter Hardy Wine Grapes for Wisconsin

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.

Wisconsin Responds to Avian Influenza

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.

Avian Influenza

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.

Developing a Pollinator's Paradise

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, explains how to create a garden that will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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.

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