1. UW-Whitewater student grows a passion for agriculture in the classroom

    UW-Whitewater graduate student and classroom teacher in the Adams-Friendship School District, Heather Gayton on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the UW-Whitewater campus garden.

    When classes resume in September at Adams-Friendship Elementary School, fifth-grade teacher Heather Gayton will be more than ready to welcome her new students. She already memorized their names. Over the summer, she spent time at her students’ baseball games, met with them on the playground, familiarized herself with their tastes in music, and identified ways

  2. UW-La Crosse community partnership turns 47,000 pounds of food waste into fertilizer

    On a recent Friday afternoon, UW-La Crosse (UWL) senior Jeremy Shimetz loaded six, five- gallon buckets filled of food waste into his 2003 Hyundai Sonata. His destination: 921 Ferry St., La Crosse — the home of a massive amount of hungry worms. Shimetz dumped loads of egg shells, vegetable shavings and fruit peelings into a

  3. UW-Platteville USDA grant will support dairy cattle grazing research

    UW-Platteville has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The three-year grant is part of the Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program. The funding will support the construction of infrastructure necessary to conduct research on grazing-based dairy production systems at Pioneer

  4. Research buzz: UW-Stout professor, students identify bacterium that may kill honey bees

    Jim Burritt, associate professor of biology, is photographed Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in a biotechnology lab in Jarvis Hall, while working with students and lab assistants on his two-year bee study project, "Honey Bee Hemocyte Profiling by Flow Cytometry". Burritt is trying to help figure out the problem known as hive winter kill, which is threatening the honeybee industry and possibly even the species itself. (UW-Stout photo by Brett T. Roseman)

    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

  5. Market Advice: UW-Stout dietetics student encourages healthy eating with Veggin’ Out program

    UW-Stout dietetics student Amanda Nass offers zucchini dessert squares at the Veggin’ Out booth at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Eau Claire.

    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

  6. UW-Madison horticulturalists help sow seeds of community in northern Wisconsin

    CALS horticulturalists help sow seeds of community in northern Wisconsin

    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

  7. UW-Milwaukee’s green roofs provide important habitat for bees

    Research done by Conservation and Environmental Science majors Amanda Pastirik, left, and Meghan Wersel shows UWM’s green roofs provide important habitat for bees. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

    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

  8. UW-Stout engineering a solution: National grant to track outcomes of Nicaraguan village project

    UW-Stout student Trevor Sobtzak, left, takes GPS coordinates outside a home in Las Macias as Marling Garcia, center, and Anyel Garcia watch.

    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

  9. Learning by growing: Students dig into sustainability at UW-Sprout Campus Garden

    The UW-Sprout CSA Campus Garden is photographed Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Pictured is Brianna Shea, a environmental science sophomore from Hartford, WI, harvesting parsley. (UW-Stout photo by Brett T. Roseman)

    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,

  10. Profile of UW-River Falls First-Generation Student: Matt Pechacek

    Profile of UW-River Falls First-Generation Student: Matt Pechacek

    Matt Pechacek is a first-generation student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.