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UAVs 101: Tour of an ag research drone

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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An amazing summer on “The Amazing Race”

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Sticker shock at the butcher shop – Audio

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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Economic and Community Development

Economic impact of Wisconsin ag: $88 billion, 413,500 jobs

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="192"] Steven Deller[/caption] Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses generate $88.3 billion in economic activity and 413,500 jobs, based on data for 2012, according to a new study by Steve Deller, CALS professor of agricultural and applied economist and UW-Extension community development specialist. “Agriculture remains an important part of the Wisconsin economy,” Deller says. “Even in the most urban parts of the state, agriculture’s contribution is notable.” The study is a follow-up to one that Deller conducted five years ago using 2007 data. He found that agriculture has risen in importance for the Wisconsin economy, despite the combined effects of the drought of 2012 and the Great Recession. It generated $29 billion more economic activity in 2012 than in 2007 and an additional 59,509 jobs. In 2012 it accounted for 11.9 percent of the state’s overall employment (up from 10 percent in 2007), 10.9 percent of labor income, 10.9 percent of total income, and 16.1 percent of industrial sales. How agriculture’s $88.3 billion economic impact breaks down: In 2012, on-farm activity contributed 153,900 jobs, $5.7 billion to labor income (wages, salaries and proprietor income), ...
Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Economic impact of Wisconsin ag: $88 billion, 413,500 jobs

An amazing summer on “The Amazing Race”

[caption id="attachment_42415" align="alignleft" width="400"] Amy DeJong and Maya Warren. Photo courtesy of CBS.[/caption] Amy DeJong and Maya Warren had a truly epic summer, but they can’t tell you about it. The UW-Madison food science grad students spent the month of June zipping around the globe as part of the cast of the 25th edition of The Amazing Race, the multi-Emmy Award winning CBS television reality show. Along the way, they competed against 10 other two-person teams in various mental and physical challenges, with the goal of beating their rivals to the final destination—and claiming the $1 million prize. Suspense is a critical element of the show, so DeJong and Warren—like all of their fellow cast members—have to be very tight-lipped, at least for now. But one thing they can say: Their scientific training proved to be an asset. “A big part of being a scientist is being comfortable in situations with a lot of details and a lot of unknowns, where you have to persevere. If an experiment fails, you have to keep trying,” says DeJong, who studies candy crystallization in the lab of ...
Friday, September 19th, 2014
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An amazing summer on “The Amazing Race”
CALS in the Media

2 UW campuses will soon offer certificates In fermentation

Wisconsin Public Radio
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2 UW campuses will soon offer certificates In fermentation

CALS will honor three Wisconsin ag leaders and two UW scientists at Oct. 16 awards banquet

The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) will honor three leaders in Wisconsin agriculture and two highly accomplished scientists at its annual awards banquet on Oct. 16. CALS will present its Honorary Recognition award to William Oemichen of the Cooperative Network and to veterinarian and cattleman Larry Smith. Shelly Mayer of Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) will receive the CALS Distinguished Alumni Award. The CALS Distinguished Service Award will go to food safety and health researcher Michael Pariza and to dairy scientist David Wieckert. These are the highest honors bestowed by the college. The Honorary Recognition Award, established in 1909, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the university. The Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement and service, has been presented since 2009. The Distinguished Service Award, first presented in 1994, recognizes meritorious service by CALS faculty and staff members. The awards will be presented at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet on Thursday, October 16 in the Varsity Room of Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison. Friends of the ...
Friday, September 12th, 2014
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CALS will honor three Wisconsin ag leaders and two UW scientists at Oct. 16 awards banquet
Economic and Community Development

Census Bureau Research Data Center to be established at UW–Madison

The potential for interdisciplinary research is about to expand considerably throughout the state of Wisconsin, thanks to Census Bureau approval for construction of a branch Research Data Center, or RDC, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. A Census Bureau RDC provides secure access by researchers to administrative data linked across federal agencies that would otherwise not be available due to personal security and privacy concerns. The data, which are anonymized to protect individual privacy, complement survey-based data such as household and business censuses. “I'm delighted that UW-Madison will have an RDC available to students, faculty and research staff,” says UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “This will enhance our social scientists’ ability to analyze critical economic and social questions using census data.” RDCs equip researchers with access to data about individuals across a range of areas — their income, public program participation, education, and much more — and comprehensive information about business formation and ongoing operation. Such information should help address researchers’ frustrations with inadequate information to draw informed conclusions about how to address a broad range of challenges faced by individuals, families and society ...
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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Census Bureau Research Data Center to be established at UW–Madison