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2017 New Feed Directives – Bernie O’Rourke

Veterinary Feed Directive – VFD Bernie O’Rourke – Extension Youth Livestock Specialist has provided the new guidelines in regards to the Veterinarian Feed Directive Regulation.  The new guidelines are effective January 1, 2017. For more information go to VFD page there is a video and a printable PDF of all the new guidelines.

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Small Business Consulting Sessions

UW-Extension Polk County is teaming up with the Small Business Development Center at UW-River Falls to offer no-cost small business consulting on December 19 and January 9, 2017 at the Polk County Government Center in Balsam Lake.  The confidential, 50-minute consulting sessions are for individuals who want to start a business and need guidance, or for business owners who […]

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4-H Enrollment Information

Welcome to Polk County 4-H!  All enrollments are done through 4H Online, an easy to use online enrollment system. Follow these easy steps: Find a 4-H Community Club in Polk County!  Please contact the UW-Extension office for assistance at (715)485-8600 or email: charles.prissel@ces.uwex.edu . See the following instructions to enroll your family after you have found […]


How Much is TOO Much Overindulging?

Black Friday shopping and Cyber Monday browsing may have many parents scrambling for Holiday gift ideas. While giving your child gifts during this time of year can be a way to connect and show you care – it is also important to ask, how much is enough? This week’s Parenthetical post discusses the effects overindulgence can […]


Free Agriculture Recycling Opportunity

Revolution Plastics, a company with Midwest operations based out of Madison, WI and facilities in Appleton and Eau Claire, is looking to expand their Ag plastics recycling business into western Wisconsin. They are planning to collect Ag plastics from farmers with on-farm recycling dumpsters. The dumpsters are free and collection is free to the farmer. […]



Nutrition education program changes to meet needs of new audiences FoodWIse is  the new name of Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program. A successful nutrition education program is getting a new name to make it relevant and accessible to more audiences. FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, or WNEP, has a long legacy of […]


Farm Owners Looking to the Future

Farm business owners looking to the future of their farming operations have many issues to consider. Succession planning includes planning for the owner generation’s later years; business planning to ensure the operation has financial capacity; developing the successor’s management skills; and estate and tax planning.  However, before these areas are addressed many conversations should take […]

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Silage season safety

Some potential hazards that you can be exposed to year round. Silage Defacer – Involved in New York Death, 2005. (Photo from NIOSH-CDC) MADISON — This post is intended to support a series of corn silage harvest-related podcasts that will be posted by colleague Liz Binversie of Brown County, UW-Extension. It’s impossible to thoroughly cover all critical safety information in […]