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The Progress Pavilion exhibits at Farm Technology Days display information from agencies supporting agriculture.

Aquatic invasive species

Information will be available on common invasive plants in the Golden Sands area of Wisconsin, as well as invasive plants that have not yet been found here but are being watched. There will also be information on local contacts and initiatives for invasive plant identification and control. Attendees may bring invasive weeds for identification or confirmation.

Creating woodlands

Learn more about your woodlands. Learn how to identify some of Wisconsin’s most common trees by doing a leaf rubbing and hearing about the kind of tree it grows on. Find out about our network of woodland owners and educational activities where you can learn more about how to care for your woodlands. Share your woodlands with your next generation. We have suggestions on how to engage them in woodland activities.

Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Team Ag Ed serves School-based agricultural education/FFA. This group provides leadership for stakeholders in agriculture food, fiber and natural resources. Wisconsin Team Ag Ed consist of Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Association of FFA, Wisconsin FFA Alumni, Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators, Wisconsin Technical Colleges and UW-River Falls and UW-Platteville.

Forestry

Healthy private forests equals healthy Wisconsin because they provide benefits such as water quality protection, clean air, recreation opportunities and wildlife habitat.

• Your local DNR forester is available to help you reach your goals for owning your land. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, water quality, timber, tax savings, establishing trails, removing invasive species, or something else, a simple visit can make a big difference. Your forester’s goal is to provide you with the best information for you to maintain healthy woods that support your values and interests. 

• Financial incentives are available (federal and state cost sharing) to help reduce the cost of obtaining a woodland management plan and caring for your woodlands.

• Having a plan can help you maintain healthy woods that support your values and interests into the future.

Growing Wisconsin Agriculture 

Stop by the Progress Pavilion to connect with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, whose mission is “to partner with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.”

DATCP delivers efficient and effective programs and services to Wisconsin agriculture, consumers, and businesses to provide market confidence and to enhance competitiveness and profitability.

Invasive plants 

Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin (IPAW) is a grassroots organization with many members who can help land owners and managers with invasive plant identification and management.

Land and water conservation

The booth will offer information regarding Land and Water Conservation Department programs and information including but not limited to: Well testing, conservation practices for operators and landowners, cover crops, technical and financial assistance, tree programs, conservation planning, environmental education and invasive species information, conservation demonstrations and the Farmland Preservation Credit tax program.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service 

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year on virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture and conducts the Census of Agriculture every five years. NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

Nutrient management planning

Visit DATCP’s Nutrient Management Booth in the Progress Pavilion to learn about programs that address soil and water issues, including grant programs for producer-led groups that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields. Learn about DATCP’s nutrient management services, including how to develop a nutrient management plan, and hear how these plans have worked on real farms.

Plant protection, quarantine program  

Designed to educate visitors on the threats presented by a variety of plant pests to both Wisconsin’s agriculture and our natural ecosystems. We focus on those pests (insects and plant diseases) of Federal concern, whose potential damage can not only affect Wisconsin, but beyond to other states or regions of the country.

The display includes real insects (mounted), examples of the damage they cause and even the traps we use that catch them. Detailed information is presented by friendly and knowledgeable staff who can also discuss regulatory matters concerning these pests.

Plumbing safety 

Make sure you do that plumbing job right! Stop by to get plumbing safety information from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. 

US Army Corp of Engineers

The St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, employs nearly 700 people at 41 field offices in five states of the Upper Midwest.

USDA Farm Service Agency

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that serves all farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. The agency provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit. In addition, the agency has a long-standing tradition of conserving national natural resources and provides America’s farmers with a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs.

FSA will have a variety of informational resources available to learn about available financing opportunities. New this year, FSA will be partnering with SCORE, a non-profit, volunteer business mentorship organization. SCORE mentors and FSA employees will share information about FSA programs as well as opportunities to become an agriculture mentor or mentee with SCORE.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 

NRCS provides America’s farmers and landowners with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, not only helping the environment but agricultural operations, too.

This display highlights pollinators. Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects. NRCS is working directly with farmers and landowners to increase pollinator habitat.

USDA NRCS-Soil health

NRCS provides America’s farmers and landowners with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, not only helping the environment but agricultural operations, too.

This display highlights the importance of soil health. Soil s a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish. As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our nation’s soil is one of the most important conservation endeavors of our time.NRCS works with farmers and landowners to provide assistance for soil health practices, such as cover crops and no-till.

USDA NRCS soil pit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service will feature a 70-foot soil pit to discuss all things conservation and soils. Come learn about and see firsthand the importance of healthy soils, soil structure, aggregation, no-till and more.

Learn about our state soil, pick up materials about soil health and also make a soil tube. Learn about the benefits of conservation on the ground and how we can help you with technical and financial assistance available through our programs. Take a walk into the pit!

USDA rural development

USDA works through partnerships with public and private community-based organization and financial institutions to provide financial assistance, business planning, and technical assistance to rural business and organizations. USDA also conducts research into rural economic issues, including those affecting rural cooperatives.

In addition, these programs provide assistance to agricultural producers. This assistance aids the development of alternative uses of agricultural products, including energy development, as well as research and support for agricultural cooperatives WE CARE IN HELPING YOU PREPARE General Emergency Preparedness for Safety

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Bats and pollinators

Bats, bees, and butterflies are a vital part of many ecosystems. Bats help control human, forest, and agricultural pests. Bees and butterflies, specifically monarchs, are pollinators of fruit, vegetable, and seed crops. These animals face many challenges including habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants. Stop by to learn how to encourage and support bats and pollinators on your land. Sign up to be a citizen scientist. You can play a critical role in conservation efforts directed at these animals.

WTCS agriculture programs

Explore the 16 colleges of the Wisconsin Technical College System at our FTD booth. Learn about our new programs in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources – Precision Agronomy, Dairy Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Ag Mechanics, Urban Forestry and more. Discover how to connect to your local technical college and get the training you need to enhance your farm business success.

Your home: safe and healthy 

Rural residents and homeowners can be faced with a range of unique home health and safety issues, including private well water quality, hazardous chemical storage and exposure, and farm-related work injuries. Staff from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health will be on hand to field questions and provide technical advice on these and other issues that arise in rural Wisconsin.

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