Day 3: Thursday, June 1

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21) UW-Marinette

Our discussion on the workforce and economy in rural, Northern Wisconsin was informative and interactive. Thanks to UW-Marinette for hosting the Rural Economy Community Roundtable (and for the delicious treats!), the panelists for their expertise, and of course the attendees for their time and participation.

Check out highlights from the event below:

Read Eagle Herald’s coverage of the event here.


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22) Lambeau Field

Met up with a few folks from the Brown County UW-Extension office at Lambeau Field, which sits approximately 3 miles away from the new Veterans Healing Garden, made possible by a partnership between Brown Co. Extension & the Green Bay Packers.


In case you missed it, check out highlights from the groundbreaking ceremony of the Veterans Healing Garden held on May 9 in Green Bay:


Day 2: Wednesday, May 31

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13) Marshfield Clinic

We really enjoyed hosting the Rural Healthcare Community Roundtable at the Laird Center for Medical Research — what a cool place! Thanks again to our panelists for their time and to all those who attended!

Check out highlights from the event below:



Thank you to recent UW-Marathon grad Chantall Wilson for coming to the event. We wish you the very best in your future endeavors!

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14) UW-Marshfield/Wood County

Construction continues on the $5.6 million Everett Roehl Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County. The STEM building is a two-story, 17,000-square-foot building that will include four science labs and gathering spaces for students to study and collaborate.


15) Marshfield Agriculture Research Station

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The Marshfield Ag Research Station features the research showing the benefits of no-till cultivation on ag production conducted by our partners UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences here. Learn more at…/on-he…/new-frontiers-for-no-till.


16) UW-Marathon County

A shout out to UW-Marathon County‘s “Girl Power” Camp, a full-day, week-long camp filled with team-focused, project-based activities focused on creating friendships and introducing girls to fun new activities.



17) Langlade Agricultural Research Station

The Langlade Agricultural Research Station (operated by UW-Extension on behalf of the Wisconsin potato industry/Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association!) has been conducting research here since 1968. Because Antigo silt loam is a soil unique from other UW Research Stations, the plots at the farm provide scientists and growers a research-based representation of this soil type, which represents a substantial percentage of potato acreage in the state.


18) Menominee County, UW-Extension

As we pass through Menominee County, take a look back on how this local Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development club worked to save the Menominee language:


19) Oconto County, UW-Extension

Oconto County UW-Extension Family Living offers an educational workshop called Powerful Tools for Caregivers to help people who are taking care of a family member or friend, parents of children with special needs or adults with special needs.


20) Forgotten Fire Winery

In 1871, America’s Forgotten Fire raged through Peshtigo and the surrounding areas. This winery (owned and staffed by many UW-Marinette alums!) remembers the world’s deadliest wildfire recorded in history.




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1) UW Colleges/UW-Extension Office


Luggage is loaded, snacks are packed, and the gas tank is full. Ready to officially begin #UWCXRT.


2) Lonesome Stone Milling

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This local flour mill (and Wisconsin SBDC Network client!) is known for its popular pancake mixes, but did you know each package of stone-ground flour and mixes list the farmer’s name who grew the grain — most of whom are neighbors in southwest Wisconsin. Learn more at


3) UW-Baraboo/Sauk County


Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Kirthi Premadasa, a “significant leader on campus.” Additionally, Dr. Premadasa serves as Computer Science Club advisor, whose most recent accomplishments include:

– appointed chair of the Mathematical Association of America’s Wisconsin Chapter (April 22).

– faculty adviser for two students’ who presented their undergraduate research to state legislators at the 14th Annual Research in the Rotunda (April 12).

– recipient of the 2016 UW Colleges/UW-Extension Chancellor’s Award for Excellence as a member of the Math Placement and Pathways Development Team for their efforts to ensure students’ success in mathematics (September 22).

We applaud Dr. Premadasa for his outstanding teaching, successful programming, and overall contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin.


4) UW Discovery Farms

The UW-Extension program works with Wisconsin farmers to improve soil and water resources while preserving farm productivity and profitability. This includes hosting six summer events to share results from over a decade of on-farm water quality research.

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The UW Discovery Farms Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) Project is in its third year of working with farmers on fine-tuning nitrogen management. Discovery Farms is collaborating with 42 farmers in five Wisconsin regions to track N throughout the growing season, which means lots of field visits to collect soil and plant samples!

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A staff member takes a soil sample for the Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project during a previous field season.


5) Trempealeau County

Passing through Western Wisconsin where Trempealeau County UW-Extension has partnered with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, the county’s Department of Land Management, and Trempealeau County Public Health to do research on groundwater elevation changes and bedrock composition in the industrial sand mining areas of the county.


A view of the Everson installation looking out over the valley.


Lee Knutson (L) of Wellntel, a partner on the project, and Mike Parsen of Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey​.


6) Eau Claire, Wisconsin

UW Colleges/UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen joins UW System Regent Behling for brief conversation.


7) Prestrud Dairy

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The 24th Annual Dunn County Dairy Promotion Breakfast was Saturday, May 20, 2017. The 2017 Dairy Breakfast host farm was Marv and Mary Prestrud, son Chad and family.


8) UW-Barron County

We had a full house and a wonderful discussion at the Rural Education Community Roundtable. Thanks to our panelists for their time and to all those who attended!


Check out highlights from the event below:

9) Barron County Cheese

This Wisconsin SBDC client smokes 10,000 lbs. of gouda cheese … EVERY DAY! Their secret ingredient? Pride. From small order to large (Red Apple of Connecticut and WalMart!), Barron County Cheese has state-of-the-art equipment to process the highest-quality cheese. Learn more at


10) The Mill Event Hall

Located in beautiful Western Wisconsin, The Mill (also a Wisconsin SBDC client!) offers a one-of-a-kind venue experience against a modern-industrial backdrop. Beautiful, funtional and flexible are the calling cards of The Mill. Grand spaces, modern decor, elegant surroundings and luxurious appointments creat a location like no other. Nestled in the heart of western Wisconsin, Chetek is home to the Chetek Chain of Lakes. The Chain is a flowage of six lakes making up nearly 4,000 surface acres and is home to some of the best fishing, boating and watersports in the region. The The chain of lakes area is also home to numerous resorts and campgounds who invite you to experience the best of the Northwoods. Recreation is our specialty with multiple golf courses, Boat/pontoon rentals, watercraft rentals, and ATV trails. Learn more at


12) Clark County Area Food Pantry and Resource Center

Clark County UW-Extension received a grant from the Clark County United Way to promote early literacy with low-income audiences, where the Clark County Area Food Pantry & Resource Center and 2 other local food pantries received books.

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