Sheboygan County 4-H Renegades Western Drill Team Persistence pays of in Summer of 2020

Sarah Tarjeson, 4-H Youth Development Educator Anticipation, Excitement, Disappointment, Social Distancing, Uncertainty met with Teamwork, Leadership, Perseverance, Practice, Perfection. That’s my best effort at describing the Renegades in 2020! The year began with invitations for 2 of our teams to perform in the first-ever Drill Team Champion’s Challenge at State Fair. More than 40 4-H […]

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ANALYSIS of FARMLAND PRESERVATION ZONING in TOWN OF SHERMAN

Kevin Struck, Community Development Educator From 2013 – 2015, Kevin worked with Town of Sherman officials to create a custom farmland preservation zoning ordinance. Since the strategies within this new ordinance had not been tried before, the state agency that oversees farmland preservation certification and tax credits for local farmers approved it with a contingency […]

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Extension Crops and Soils Program

Mike Ballweg, Agriculture Agent Mike Ballweg provided leadership, within the Extension Crops and Soils Program, to develop a series of Zoom informational virtual meetings (Badger Crop Connect) for farmers, agronomists, crop consultants, educators, and other agricultural professionals to learn about a wide range of timely agronomic topics during the 2020 growing season. Since face-to-face meetings […]

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Moving Forward During COVID-19

Jane Jensen, Human Development and Relationship Educator The COVID-19 pandemic led to months of “Stay at Home” orders across the country. Now that these locations are slowly opening back up, it may be time to decide how or when to return to these places or who to start engaging with in-person. In response, Jane shared […]

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Tasty Tuesdays

Amanda Miller & Janeth Orozco, FoodWIse Due to COVID, more families are cooking meals at home every day instead of eating out at restaurants. Families are also spending more money on groceries while experiencing shortages of specific products. This has increased the interest in how to grocery shop for foods, prepare foods, properly store foods, […]

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

In response to COVID-19, Jane collaborated with the Sheboygan County Aging & Disability Center (ADRC) and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice (SSRCH) to co-facilitate a new virtual evidence-based version of Powerful Tools for Caregivers during the months of August and September in order to provide tools, education, and resources for socially isolated family caregivers. This […]

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‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ – A Senior Newsletter

Due to the challenges of holding in-person classes this summer, FoodWIse will instead start offering a bi-weekly newsletter to the senior populations in Sheboygan County. This is an effective way to get the most relevant and current nutrition information, while also prioritizing their health and safety. The ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ newsletters will be one […]

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THE FUTURE OF THE WALDO POND AND DAM

At the request of the Waldo Pond Improvement Association, Inc., Kevin has begun updating the pond management plan he drafted in 2016. The Waldo Mill Pond is classified as an impoundment, which is an artificially created lake or reservoir usually characterized by stream inflow and always by a stream outlet. In this case, the inflow […]

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2020 Sheboygan County Alfalfa Quality Monitoring and Scissors Clip Project

Farmers grow approximately 1.25 million acres of alfalfa and mixed hay annually to feed Wisconsin’s 1.26 million dairy cows.  Sheboygan County’s share of that total is 40,000 acres of alfalfa and mixed hay and about 26,000 cows. Maximizing the quality and quantity of alfalfa is essential for profitable dairy farming. First crop alfalfa represents approximately […]

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The Challenges of Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sarah Tarjeson, Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Educator and professor of UW-Madison, Division of Extension has been meeting weekly with Melodye McCay, Sheboygan County Extension Associate, and Kevin Palmer, Manitowoc County 4-H Youth Development Educator, and UW-Madison Professor to plan and implement a research project. The focus of this project is to collect and analyze […]

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