If it happens on a farm or in a field, the Extension Institute of Agriculture works with you to achieve better results. Our innovative dairy management programs range from genetics to farm and business management. Cooperative Extension researchers work hand-in-hand with row crop, forage and fresh produce growers to provide best practices for every aspect of the growing phase. We also advise communities on using sustainable practices to create inviting spaces free from invasive species.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Institute is  moving ahead with changes that  allocates their resources in a different way than in the past. These changes will allow you and our office the ability to interact with specialists throughout the University  of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension system and with other agencies in Wisconsin. Our work supports people, communities and businesses. Agriculture -Division of Extension

Ask an Agriculture Question- Looking for an expert to advise you on your agriculture questions? Please fill out the form on the linked page ( and attach relevant photographs concerning your agriculture issues. Your inquiry will be responded to by an Extension staff member.

Pesticide Applicator Training

PAT – Pesticide Applicator Training

To make an appointment to take your PAT Private Applicator test contact Theresa at 715-373-3285 or by Email.

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Up Coming Ag Webinars

Learn the most up-to-date information from Extension’s Agriculture virtual education offerings. Your farm-ready research! 

Emerging Crops Accelerator

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Maple Syrup Program

UW–Madison Division of Extension’s Maple Syrup Program is a new three-year project supported by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) through the Acer Access and Development Program..

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UW Soil Lab

What’s in your soil? or Manure? or Forage? Don’t guess, get a test done. The website has instructions on taking samples, sending your sample off and the fees for each item.

Soil Samples are still being received. You may submit the soil sample to Madison  yourself, if you wish.  Information on soil samples is available on the UW Soil Lab Website.

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One Good Idea

One Good Idea is a collaborative effort between farmers and University Extension specialists from across the U.S. Midwest and Mid-South to help all farmers make a difference for their operations, their communities, and the world.

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Discovery Farms

Discovery Farms®, a program of UW-Madison Division of Extension, is a farmer-led research and outreach program focused on the relationship between agriculture and water quality. The program is unique in that it conducts research on privately-owned farms throughout Wisconsin, working with the U.S. Geological Survey to gather credible and unbiased water quality information from monitored sites.

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Farmer to Farmer Hay, Forage & Corn

Putting Wisconsin farmers in touch with one another for the purpose of buying and/or selling corn and forage. The farmer to farmer list is free of charge to both buyers and sellers.

Badger Crop Connect

Badger Crop Connect

The Badger Crop Connect series provides agronomists, crop consultants and farmers timely crop updates for Wisconsin. CEU’s are available by topic for each presentation.

Webinars offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. (April – October 2023) 

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Integrated Pest Management

The University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management Program (NPM) and Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM)—work to bring research-based information regarding Wisconsin farm profits, water quality, pest management, pesticide use practices, and nutrient management planning to Wisconsin farmers and landowners.

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The Extension Dairy Program strengthens the competitiveness of the Wisconsin dairy industry through statewide leadership in education and research.

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Community Food Systems

The Community Food System Program promotes thriving, just and resilient place-based food systems. We support community organizations, Tribal partners, local governments, small-scale farms and food businesses, and community gardens.

Agriculture Links of Interest

UW-Madison Division of Extension News

Chequamegon Bay Area Providers

Ashland/Bayfield Counties Ag/Hort Newsletters

Research Bulletins and Publications

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Northern WI is currently seeing an influx of bristly, hairy caterpillars. What are they and what can you do?

1st Annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Week

1st Annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Week – August 15-20, 2022 – Learn.  Discover.  Get Started.

UW-Madison, Division of Extension, is hosting the 1st Annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Week to feature all that is happening with hazelnuts in Wisconsin.  “Things are starting to move quickly with this emerging new crop here in Wisconsin,” says Jason Fischbach, the UW-Extension Emerging Crops Specialist, “So we wanted to provide opportunities for existing and aspiring growers to see what’s happening and decide whether hazelnuts is something they want to pursue”.  Hazelnut Week includes an introductory webinar on Monday the 15th and then four field days.  The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  For all the information and to register go to:

Schedule of Events

Aug 15 (6-7PM) – Hazelnut 101 Webinar via Zoom

Aug 18 (3-5PM) – American Hazelnut Company Field Day, M&S Enterprises, La Crosse, WI

Aug 19 (1-4PM) – Central WI Hazelnut Field Day, Sandbox Farm, Amherst, WI

Aug 20 (8AM-Noon) – Northern Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day, Bayfield Go-First Farm/Blue Ox Cidery/Superior View Farm, Bayfield, WI

Aug 20 (9AM-3PM) – Southern Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day, Savanna Institute North Farm/Blue Mounds Hazelnut, Spring Green and Barneveld, WI

August 20th Northern WI Field Day

Northern WI Hazelnut Field Day 

Saturday, August 20, 8 am – Noon

8-9 am Bayfield Go-First Farm-28850 Eileen Town Hall Rd, Ashland

10-11 am Blue Ox Cidery – 87380 Betzold Rd, Bayfield

11-Noon Hauser’s superior View Farm – 86565 County Highway J, Bayfield

Jason Fischbach

Jason Fischbach
Emerging Crops Specialist
Bayfield County-
County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891-9464
Phone: 715-373-3291
Fax: 715-373-6304

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