Tag Agriculture

Noted educator, scientist and entrepreneur Mark Cook dies at 61

September 10, 2017

“His work embodied the Wisconsin Idea, seeking advances and solutions in the areas of health and agriculture," says a colleague. "He was also a man of integrity, who felt a deep sense of service and commitment."

Study: Early farm exposure mitigates respiratory illnesses, allergies and skin rashes

September 6, 2017

Exposure to dairy farms early in life may dramatically reduce the frequency and severity of respiratory illnesses, allergies and chronic skin rashes among young children according to a collaborative study.

App helps farmers make the most of their corn harvest

August 30, 2017

A new smartphone app developed at UW–Madison could save farmers time and money during the fall feed-corn harvest and make for more content, productive cows year-round.

‘Virtual dairy farm brain’ aims to help farmers make smarter decisions

August 22, 2017

A UW team has set out to create an app to integrate all of a farm’s data streams in real time and use artificial intelligence to allow farmers to more easily analyze the information.

UW–Madison’s Lancaster ag station celebrates half-century study of crop rotation

July 25, 2017

The 50-year history of UW–Madison's Lancaster Agricultural Research Station mirrors changes on Wisconsin farms over the past half century.

UW-Madison researchers create tools to help farmers’ markets

June 7, 2017

Farmers market managers quickly learned that digging into data created by a tool from UW–Madison researchers can offer incredible insights and identify new opportunities. For instance, the market in Monroe, Wisconsin, discovered a large number of visitors from the Chicago region.

UW program aims to update buildings so dairy cows can be happy

May 9, 2017

Wisconsin farmers consult with the UW's Nigel Cook, an expert in scientific treatment of dairy cows — which, Cook says, is sensible, humane ­­­­and profitable all at once.

New center brings together biologists, engineers to improve crops

May 5, 2017

The phenotyping center at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center aims to develop new ways to measure plants and address novel questions about what factors influence crop performance.

From test tube to plate, UW–Madison program keeps potatoes clean

May 3, 2017

The Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program, a 104-year-old program run by UW–Madison, is dedicated to supplying Wisconsin farmers with quality, disease-free tubers.

Potato industry commits $5M to support UW–Madison potato and vegetable research program

January 25, 2017

Wisconsin's potato industry has made a commitment to raise $5 million over the next 10 years to support the UW–Madison's potato research program, to continue a decades-long partnership.

Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

November 30, 2016

While water clarity in most Wisconsin lakes has not changed in 20 years, researchers say the fact that more lakes are getting worse signals there is work to be done.

Farming for Flavor: Seed to kitchen initiative creates more than a culinary connection

November 17, 2016

The Seed to Kitchen Initiative from the Department of Horticulture at UW–Madison brings together chefs, farmers and plant breeders to promote vegetable variety characteristics important to local food systems, such as flavor, fresh-market quality and agronomic performance on smaller-scale farms.

Plant breeders partner with chefs for tastier produce

November 15, 2016

Have you noticed that more and more restaurants are featuring great-tasting, locally sourced foods on their menus? Now, through a UW–Madison horticulture initiative called “Seed to Kitchen,” chefs on the culinary cutting edge are working with plant breeders to grow produce with specific flavor characteristics their customers will love.

Farm & Industry Short Course serves Wisconsin farmers

October 28, 2016

In only 16 weeks, the UW–Madison Farm & Industry Short Course teaches students to operate their own farms, run an agricultural business, or work in the agribusiness sector.

UW spinoff helps boost new crop in cranberry country

August 30, 2016

Some Wisconsin cranberry farmers have started growing aronia, a fruit that is sometimes touted, in this nutrition-conscious era, as the "next superfruit." A UW–Madison spinoff is helping explain aronia's benefits.

UW-Madison partners with WPT for show on new farming challenges

August 26, 2016

The University of Wisconsin–Madison and Wisconsin Public Television have partnered for “Wisconsin’s Homegrown Farmer,” a program about the challenges facing a new generation of farmers that will begin airing Sept. 8. Two of the farmers are Kat Becker and Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farms in Athens, Wis., which they made into an organic vegetable farm.

Farm-to-home delivery service wins innovation award

August 25, 2016

Square Harvest allows consumers to order exactly what they need from small, local farms and food producers, marrying computer technology with small-batch food production.