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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hans Zoerb, Lecturer, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the beer, distilled beverages and food fermentation research taking place at UW-Madison.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Tracy, Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the technology behind plant breeding and its importance. Tracy also explains his work to breed better sweet corn.