Tag College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

“Breakthrough” grants awarded to two agriculture researchers at UW–Madison

July 22, 2019

The competition asked scientists and engineers to build new, dramatic solutions to improve crop systems by harnessing all available technologies.

Wood products mitigate less than 1 percent of global carbon emissions

July 1, 2019

"It's not just about lowering our emissions but pursuing strategies that might have storage potential, and harvested wood products are one of those options,” says researcher Craig Johnston.

Organic-grain field day offers ‘tremendous opportunity’ to farmers

June 14, 2019

A UW–Madison-sponsored field day and series of talks offered expert advice and encouragement for organic farmers and those who are thinking about going organic, where prices remain strong.

Canada firm expands in Wisconsin to hire more farm-raised engineers

May 14, 2019

MacDon set up shop in Madison in 2015 for a simple reason: Because of the abundance of engineers with farm experience, mostly educated at UW–Madison.

New professor brings precision data to the dairy barn

May 9, 2019

The same technology that alerts a self-driving car that there’s a pedestrian in the crosswalk could also warn a dairy farmer that a calf is getting sick — even if that calf is mingled among dozens of healthy ones.

New UW–Madison project to support Wisconsin hemp growers

April 25, 2019

CALS and Extension leaders partnered together to fund a one-year research and outreach project at four trial sites to support the growing number of industrial hemp growers.

UW Changes Lives: Experts advance new crops for long-term profitability

April 18, 2019

UW-Madison’s Division of Extension experts are helping Wisconsin farmers learn how to better grow crops like grapes, hops and hazelnuts, to support the bottom line in a state battered by low prices for corn, soybean and milk.

Touring Dairy Science

April 5, 2019

Prospective students and their parents toured UW–Madison’s Department of Dairy Science on Friday during an open house, as they got a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments.

UW Changes Lives: Professor pushes the humble beet in new directions

April 5, 2019

“If you go to the store and buy a beet, or you order a beet dish in a restaurant, it’s almost certain to have its origin here in our program, which is cool,” says Irwin Goldman.

UW Changes Lives: Let your phone do the farming

April 2, 2019

UW-Madison have developed agricultural apps that record and process data in the barn or on the tractor. The apps help farmers make diagnoses and decisions on the fly.

Bucky’s Tuition Promise could help families in depressed farm economy

March 19, 2019

A new UW–Madison program that provides free tuition for students from low- and moderate-income households comes at a good time for families struggling with the consequences of a depressed farm economy.

He professes protein: Srinivasan Damodaran has thoughts for food

February 14, 2019

If you have a protein that needs a bit of self-improvement, Damodaran may be your guru. An expert in soy and milk protein, he’s invented soy-based glues and plant-based absorbents for industrial cleanups and diapers.

To expand exports, Wisconsin ginseng industry relies on UW–Madison expert

February 4, 2019

The Wisconsin Ginseng Board came to Professor Ann McGuidwin to explore ways to assure Taiwan that the fresh roots would contain none of the R. similis nematode.

UW course helps dairy farmer find small-farm success in a brutal market

January 15, 2019

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy & Livestock Farmers, one of several “Short Courses” at CALS, helps beginning farmers like Andy Jaworski of the Green Bay area to get started.

Study: “Post-normal” science requires unorthodox communication strategies

January 14, 2019

Proposals to fight malaria by “driving” genes that slow its spread through mosquitoes is a high-risk, high-reward technology that presents a challenge to science journalists, according to a new report.

New summer program helps UW freshmen get ‘QuickStart’

November 5, 2018

CALS launched a brand new “early start” program for incoming first-year students called QuickStart, which helps them make the most of their college experience.

Five things everyone should know about vampire bats

October 24, 2018

For one thing, vampire bats don't suck. Instead, they use their razor-sharp teeth to make an incision in the skin and then proceed to lap up the blood like a kitten. Read more from a doctoral student who wrote a master's thesis on the bats.

National Academy reports seen as beacons for civil public discourse

October 2, 2018

A new study says that a consensus report on GMO crops was useful in terms of fostering informed public conversation on a divisive technology.

Helping cows keep their cool: Professor, dairy farm collaborate

September 25, 2018

A UW–Madison assistant professor of dairy science and Extension animal welfare specialist travels the state to meet with milk producers, processors and others concerned about the well-being of Wisconsin’s signature farm animal.