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Tubakia leaf spot considered a cosmetic disease

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Interim Horticulture Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Question: I’ve noticed brown spots have developed on some of my oak tree leaves. The leaves didn’t have these spots earlier in the season. Is an insect or a disease causing this? What could this be? — N.C. Answer: […]

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New nutrient fact labels get a makeover

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Educator, Kenosha/Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. We teach participants of all ages how to read nutrient fact labels. There are many “a-ha” moments when label reading comes up, a common surprise being that the information provided on the label is per serving rather than for the entire package. […]

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The Farm Bill and You

Article by Leigh Presley, agriculture educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. One item of legislation we’re not hearing much about in popular media lately is the Farm Bill.  Though it may not seem flashy or exciting at face value, it’s very important.  Simply put, the Farm Bill is the primary source of […]


What will Foxconn jobs look like?

Article by Amy Greil, community natural resource and economic development educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News.   My colleague Matt Kures from University Wisconsin-Extension’s Center for Community and Economic Development has been investigating potential impacts and aspects of the Foxconn Technology Group’s proposed entry into southeastern Wisconsin. As the facility initially expects […]


Urban Forestry Workshop: Tree Pruning

A one day workshop for professionals involved in community tree care will be held on November 2, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol.  UWEX and the WI DNR have teamed up to host this educational opportunity that will be taught by tree professionals from Wachtel Tree Service, Inc. […]


Sustainable Garden Tips

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Horticulture Educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Question:   I’m trying to be sustainable with my yard and allow non-grass plants to grow among the grass in my lawn.  Should I be eliminating the non-natives plants to reduce the risk of competing with the native types? Any tips on […]


Seasonal veggies + great recipes = healthy, affordable meals

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Administrator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Learn how to “Get wise about food” here! Among produce that’s in season or will soon be abundant at our farmers markets and in stores: beans, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, herbs, kohlrabi, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, summer squash, tomatillos, […]


Flooding resources for farmers

Article by Leigh Presley, Agriculture Educator for Kenosha and Racine UW-Extension On everyone’s lips this week is some variant of the word “flood”.  There is a palpable sense of loss as you drive through the areas impacted by last week’s unprecedented rain event.  Just as homeowners in low-lying areas and along waterways felt the brunt […]


It’s safest to discard produce from flooded garden

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, UW-Extension Interim Horticulture Educator for Kenosha and Racine Counties. Submit plant care questions to the Master Gardeners Plant Health Advisors. Phone: 262-857-1942 or email:  master.gardeners@kenoshacounty.org Question:  What should I do with the produce in my garden now that the flood waters have subsided?  Is it still edible?   R. H. Consuming garden […]


Flooding & Flood Recovery Resources

Here are some selected resources to assist those in our area who were affected by recent flooding. Homeowner Wisconsin Flood Toolkit – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Coping with Flooding – Wisconsin DNR Resources for Your Flooded Home – University of Missouri Extension Flooding of Private Wells – Wisconsin DNR Kenosha & Racine Counties Recycle Guide – Find disposal options […]