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Badger Talks video: When and how should schools reopen?

July 21, 2020

“Considering whether schools reopen in the fall has to be a decision based on what’s happening in the local area and what’s possible in terms of disease mitigation and keeping families and students safe,”

Facing supply chain challenges, meat science program donates surplus pork

June 19, 2020

Facing supply chain challenges due to COVID-19, the UW-Madson meat science program is partnering with Vita Plus to distribute surplus pork to local food pantries in Wisconsin.

Badger Talks video: COVID-19 and the meat supply chain

June 16, 2020

News stories about meatpacking workers succumbing to COVID-19 and meat shortages at grocery stores have caused some consumers to worry that the meat supply chain is about to collapse. Not quite, says Andrew Stevens, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics.

What’s stay-at-home like for researchers?

April 13, 2020

Four posters illustrate how the Currie Lab's researchers are adapting to working from home — and provide reflections many of us can relate to.

UW–Madison scientists part of $12.8 million effort to improve cranberries and blueberries

February 20, 2020

Ultimately, enhanced DNA tools will allow breeders to select the qualities they want in the berries and more quickly incorporate them into new cultivars.

Wendricks make Horticulture 120 course a family affair

November 13, 2019

Five members of the Wendricks family -- three cousins and their grandparents -- are all taking a horticulture class together this semester. They sit together.

Maps showing potential for soil contamination issued for Wisconsin’s lead-zinc mining district

October 7, 2019

The digitized Digital Atlas of Historic Mining Features in Southwestern Wisconsin, developed in the department of soil science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, shows areas where contamination may be found.

Randy Shaver honored for boosting farm productivity

September 26, 2019

Emeritus Professor Randy Shaver, who was selected as the World Dairy Expo's 2019 Person of the Year, helped Wisconsin dairy farmers learn to make great corn silage, improving returns per cow and per acre of forage.

UW students develop skills, networks at wildlife summer camp

September 18, 2019

Students work in small groups as they get intensive hands-on field experience identifying and handling Wisconsin wildlife, including small mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles in the course..

Freshman seminar helps put CALS students on path to success

August 22, 2019

To help new students navigate the challenges they face, CALS offers Inter Ag 155, a freshmen seminar course designed to introduce new students to the various options they have.

“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.