Agriculture is a foundation for economic and commercial growth in Wisconsin. Read about some of the agricultural innovations and advances UW institutions are involved in.
January 4, 2017
Menomonie, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Stout biology professor and his students may have made an important discovery in the effort to determine why honey bee hives are dying out during the winters in the Upper Midwest. Biology Professor Jim Burritt and his students have published research about a new strain of the bacterium called
October 12, 2016
Menomonie, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Stout undergraduate student Amanda Nass is motivated to eat healthy food, including local vegetables, and wants to educate others to do the same. Since June, Nass has been volunteering two days a week with the Veggin’ Out program through the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. The program promotes farmers’ markets
October 10, 2016
Just as some seeds yield tomatoes, carrots and lettuce, others grow community and partnership. In a greenhouse in the northern Wisconsin town of Park Falls, all of those seeds are taking root with the help of UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) horticulture graduate student Michael Geiger, horticulture professor Sara Patterson and a
December 11, 2015
UWM was abuzz this summer – especially on campus roofs. That’s where Conservation and Environmental Science majors Amanda Pastirik and Meghan Wersel spent much of their break, laying the groundwork for a long-term research project on the presence of pollinators – specifically honeybees and bumblebees – on the university’s green roofs. “There’s a lot of
December 1, 2015
Menomonie, Wis. — In Las Macias, Nicaragua, fresh water isn’t taken for granted. Each day, women and girls walk a half-mile or more one way on a steep, rocky path to a well and return home balancing five-gallon buckets of the precious resource on their heads. They make the trip seven to 10 times a
November 13, 2015
Menomonie, Wis. — On a recent summer morning, sun shining, University of Wisconsin-Stout students picked cucumbers, patty pan summer squash, dragon tongue bush beans, parsley and other items from a well-tended row garden on north campus. After washing the vegetables and herbs in basins filled with water, three students loaded the day’s bounty into coolers,
October 19, 2015
Matt Pechacek is a first-generation student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
September 15, 2015
UW-River Falls Biology Professors Brad and Kim Mogen lead a team of students in many projects studying various aspects of bees over the course of the summer.
July 7, 2015
Fred Binkowski raises tens of thousands of yellow perch each year in a lab at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, as he researches ways to improve methods of raising fish, called aquaculture. Binkowski has been hugely successful in figuring out how to make aquaculture more profitable and sustainable. But the fish he raises also are
March 30, 2015
Researchers in the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently received funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to test a honey bee management strategy targeted towards maintaining and increasing the number of non-migratory Wisconsin beekeepers. Wisconsin beekeepers produce almost 4.5 million pounds of honey with an estimated value