Wisconsin Briefs: Corn Promotion board seats up for grabs

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Dairy Science Dept. visit day set 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, to explore what the program has to offer.  

Those attending will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors.

To attend, please register by Oct. 16 at https://dysci.wisc.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate/. For more information, contact Cathy Rook at 608-263-3308 or rook@wisc.edu.


WI Corn Promotion Board seats available 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting nominations for three seats on the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board. Producers who grow and sell corn in Districts 3, 5 and 6 are eligible to nominate producers or to be nominated to the board. 

The Department will accept nominations through Nov. 1, 2017. Producers who grow and sell corn in the following counties are eligible to nominate a producer or to be nominated: 

District 3: Forest, Florence, Marinette, Langlade, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties.  

District 5: LaCrosse, Vernon, Crawford, Richland, Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties.  

District 6: Sauk and Dane counties. 

A completed nomination form must include the signatures of five eligible corn growers other than the nominee. Completed forms must also be notarized. Nomination forms also may be downloaded from http://bit.ly/2kf6qyK. Click on the “corn” link. 

Mail completed forms to WI DATCP, DAD, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911. Elected growers will serve three-year terms beginning Feb. 1, 2018.   


Ag in the Classroom deadlines approaching

Teachers interested in funding projects that promote ag literacy are asked to submit materials by the October 15 deadline.
Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom offers grants up to $100 to pre-school through high school teachers, in a public or private school system, to fund projects that promote agricultural literacy in the classroom. Grants can be used for innovative lessons, activities, resources, presentations, school fairs and other creative ideas.

Application forms can by found online at wisagclassroom.org/whats-new.

Educators that incorporate agriculture into their classroom are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Program’s Outstanding Teacher Award by October 15.

Certified teachers currently integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula in the pre-K through high school levels are eligible to apply. For more information call 608-828-5644 or email darneson@wfbf.com.


Central WI's largest corn maze to close

This fall will be the last season for the public to enjoy Trezebiatowski’s Corn Maze.

According to a Facebook post, the family who operates the maze — Rick and Betony Trzebiatowski, along with their children Mitchell, Hesslin, Addison and Emmerich — will close it down after this season, with rising operation costs and a decline in attendance cited as the reasons.

Trezebiatowski’s Corn Maze, located at 7580 Portage County BB in Bancroft, is billed as the largest maze in central Wisconsin at almost 20 acres. The regular maze will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 22. The last admission allowed into the maze is 4 p.m.

For more information call 715-347-5442 or visit http://trebcornmaze.com.


National scholarship applications due

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s White-Reinhardt Scholarship applications are due October 15. This scholarship provides funding for full-time educators and/or volunteers, that actively participate in classroom ag literacy programs or events, to attend the 2018 National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine.

The funds can be used to cover travel expenses to attend the national conference June 26-29, 2018. Apply at www.agfoundation.org/projects/ag-scholarships.