UW-Madison Short Course Preview Day set
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course invites high school students and their parents to a Preview Day on campus on April 11. Prospective students will have a chance to talk to short course staff and students, tour the Short Course dorms, and learn about scholarship opportunities and the types of careers that a Short Course can lead to.
The one-or two-year UW short course program is designed for high school graduates interested in farming or one of Wisconsin’s many other agricultural industries. It runs from November to mid-March and has an average enrollment of 135 students. Over 50 courses are offered annually in the areas of soils, crops, dairy, meat animals, general livestock, agricultural engineering and agricultural economics.
There is no cost for the Preview Day but space is limited and registration is required. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until April 7. To register go online to fisc.cals.wis.edu and select “prospective students.”
Sioux Falls 4th grade classes to learn about agriculture
Nearly 325 Sioux Falls area fourth grade students will learn about several segments of South Dakota agriculture, March 11. Participating schools include: St. Michael, Laura B. Anderson, Eugene Field, Hayward Elementary, St. Lambert and Anne Sullivan Elementary.
From the Farm to you….More than the Oink will be held at the Sioux Empire Fair Armory building and will feature live farm animals and sessions about each segment of agriculture represented that day.
Fourth graders will have time at each of the eleven stations to meet farmers with their dairy calves, beef calves, chickens and lambs. These students will also get a chance to learn about grains grown in our state. The students will also hear from farmers at each of these stations where they will learn how the farmer cares for their livestock and the importance of agriculture to South Dakota’s economy.
Warm-up makes manure runoff a risk; check advisory before spreading
With temperatures warming up, Wisconsin agriculture and water quality officials are asking farmers to check the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast online before spreading manure.
They encourage farmers to avoid spreading manure during high-risk runoff times. If farmers must spread manure now, they should steer clear of high risk fields and have a spill response plan in place.
"The weather that is forecast could create a high risk of manure runoff to lakes, streams and groundwater if farmers spread it now," says Sara Walling, water quality section leader with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. "The online runoff risk advisory maps will give them a day-by-day forecast out 10 days, so they can avoid spreading, or if they must spread manure during that time, can take steps to minimize the risk of runoff."