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Once Upon a Time at 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa

Once Upon a Time at 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa   Nature, storytelling, mindfulness, and tons of creative arts activities marked the  “Once Upon A Time”  theme of the 2016 Pepin, Buffalo, Trempealeau, and Pierce Counties, 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa in Marine on the St. Croix River, Minnesota from June 28-30, 2016. Over 150 youth, ages 9 – 14, […]

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Beef Grazing Filed Day

This filed day will focus on showcasing research being done at UW-Madison and how beef producers can use this information in their own operations.

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Rhubarb After a Frost – Can I Eat It?

After a spring frost University of Wisconsin-Extension often gets questions about rhubarb and asparagus – are they safe to eat. Growing Rhubarb is fairly easy as long as Mother Nature keeps temperatures above freezing once the leaves have emerged.  Rhubarb should not be harvested when the leaves are wilted and limp after a hard freeze. […]

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TRACTOR SAFETY SAVES LIVES

Tractor accidents are the leading cause of severe injury or death on farms. Rollover accidents account for about one-half and run-overs about one-fourth of farm tractor accidents. Other tragic accidents include entanglement in power take off or other farm equipment. Most of these accidents result from improper use, and are often related to being in […]

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Making the most of gardening opportunities

You might harvest more than flowers and vegetables by working outside in your garden. Research shows that other benefits come from nurturing plants in your backyard, or a school or community garden. For example, people’s attitudes towards health and nutrition improve when they have access to a garden. Below are some family-friendly tips for you […]

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What to Put Where? Using Crop Rotation in Your Home Vegetable Garden

As gardeners we think about growing healthy fruits and vegetables, but do we think about how to grow healthy soil? Healthy soil is NOT a sterile growing medium—it is teeming with life. In a moderately-sized garden there may be over ONE-HUNDRED POUNDS lbs. of living creatures under the surface! A single teaspoon of soil may […]

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Gardening is Good for Body, Mind and Soul

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate intensity activity (such as gardening) can reduce the risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death.  Gardening activities also provide strength and cardio training, prevention of osteoporosis, and increased flexibility.  In studies, it […]

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What’s Standing Alfalfa Worth in 2016?

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of daily commodity market pricing like corn and soybeans. Another challenge this year is the significant drop in hay price, in some cases almost half of what it was going for just a few years ago. So the price […]

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Pepin School-Kids in the Kitchen Afterschool Program

On April 19, students at Pepin Elementary School experienced an afterschool program that promoted “Healthy Happy Celebrations”, the theme was based around kid-friendly healthy snacks and games that encouraged physical activity. This session also included a leadership component where, 6th grade students served as mentors/teachers for the Kids in the Kitchen program.  Their responsibility, with […]

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