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|Harley and Millie Peterson (seated) with two of their sons and in-laws (from left), Denise and Matt Peterson, Pat Stittleburg, Pat and Dan Peterson, and Richland County Extension agent Joy Kirkpatrick. The Petersons have operated their 400-acre farm near Reedsburg since 1965.|
University of Wisconsin-Extension programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources help urban and rural people use research and knowledge to solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. Agriculture and Natural Resources educators balance farm profitability and production of high quality food, horticulture crops, fiber and plant material with protection of the natural environment.
The structure of Wisconsin agriculture is changing in ways that affect the traditional family farm. Urban encroachments, changing consumer demands and a global marketplace are altering the face of farming. To adapt to these changes, agriculture and natural resources education emphasizes:
Many benefit when our states agricultural sector is strong. UW-Extension education in Agriculture and Natural Resources is designed to achieve results.
Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs aim to make Wisconsin agriculture strong and competitive while conserving and protecting natural resources. Education about agriculture and natural resources protects our economy, our food supply, our natural environment and our future.
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The garden increased our food stock tremendously. We would have run out of food by June if not for the program. We didnt use as many canned goods because of the availability of fresh produce.
When I saw your article on genetically modified grains on the web, it really lit a light with me. It was exactly the information our growers needed. You addressed precisely the issues we were facing on a daily basis.
Cooperative Extension is part of the University of Wisconsin System and a division of University of Wisconsin-Extension. Cooperative Extension helps people throughout the state acquire knowledge and skills to
Extension people work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; business; and industry. With faculty in every county and on UW-campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.
Agriculture and Natural
Resources is one of the Cooperative Extension programs. Others include Family
4-H Youth Development, and Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development.