Join a safari in January, in Wisconsin? It may sound far-fetched, but the Northern Wisconsin Safari of Agriculture Specialists is a winter event that brings University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists and agents, and their expertise to the state's northern counties with the latest research-based information for farmers and farm businesses.
The Safari makes it swing through the northern part of the state in January and February, with specialists giving presentations on a variety of agriculture topics. There are four consecutive weeks of programs. Each program focuses on a specific agriculture topic.
This year's Safari begins on Jan. 17-19 with Jason Fischbach, Bayfield and Ashland County UW-Extension agent speaking on new opportunities for your farm and forest through agro-forestry. On Jan 24-26, Jed Colquhoun, UW-Extension weed specialist will address weed management tools field and garden. On Jan 31-Feb. 2, Dr. Larry Baumann, UW-Extension animal health specialist, will discuss controlling scours, pneumonia and other diseases in dairy and beef calves. The series finishes up on Feb. 7-9 with Pat Walsh, UW-Extension energy specialist, speaking on trends and possible opportunities for on-farm production or use of alternative energy.
The programs are sponsored by the UW-Extension offices in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Price, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties. The programs are free and open to the public.
The schedule for the program is as follows:
Wednesday programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Price County UW-Extension Office conference room in Phillips and at 1:30 p.m. at the Rusk County UW-Extension conference room located in the courthouse in Ladysmith.
Thursday programs will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Ashland Agricultural Research Station and at 8 p.m. at Northwestern High School in Maple.
Friday programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station.
For more information about the Safari, contact your local UW-Extension office in following counties. In Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Iron Counties, contact Jason Fishbach, (715)373-6104 or Tom Syverud, (715) 682-8393. In Price County, contact Mark Kopecky, (715) 339-2555. In Rusk County, contact Aliesha Crowe, (715) 532-2151. In Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn Counties, contact Kevin Schoessow or Otto Wiegand, (715) 635-3506 or (800) 528-1914.