Water management on Wisconsin farms

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Water, and lots of it. May and June have pushed precipitation totals well above what’s considered normal for our corner of Wisconsin. As I watch local stream and river levels rise, I think about how water moves throughout our area’s watersheds and what it […]


The push toward perennial agriculture

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Retirement means more fun and travel and less time for planting, watering and carefully tending to the marigolds, petunias and coleus that were often destined to compete at the county fair. I’ve found in my own flower garden that perennial plants are also a […]

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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 […]


Flooding resources for farmers

Article by Leigh Presley, Agriculture Educator for Kenosha and Racine UW-ExtensionOn 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 of […]


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 […]


Agritourism: Have fun, be safe

Whether I was picking my weight in strawberries at the local U-Pick, exhibiting animals at the county fair, or capping off summer at the steam and gas engine show on the other end of the county, the highlights of my childhood summers involved some form agritourism.  As an adult, the ways in which I participate […]


Kenosha Kitchens: User Survey

Would you use a community commercial kitchen to grow your food-related business?  Are you working as a local food processor, caterer, food truck operator, baker or some related role?  We would like to hear from you! A group of local leaders are working towards the creation of a Kenosha Kitchen serving the needs of local […]


Implements of Husbandry (IOH) Law

New Implements of Husbandry lighting and marking requirements effective November 1, 2015 Wisconsin has lighting and marking requirements for all Implements of Husbandry. As of November 1, 2015, self-propelled IoH and farm equipment exceeding 12 feet wide or that extend over the center of the roadway will have new lighting and marking requirements. This is […]

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Equine Herpesvirus-1

 Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has recently been identified in horses primarily in eastern Minnesota and in N Western Wisconsin. The WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is in communication with WI veterinarians and will continue to update them on the status of the EHV-1 outbreak. EHV-1 is a contagious virus that can cause […]