In recent weeks, our state has been hit by historic rainfall and flooding, which has caused considerable damage and left many of our farms and families facing daunting recovery efforts. These events have created almost unimaginable challenges, even for a state with a long history of coping with extreme weather conditions.
As publicly funded institutions, University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension are committed to helping Wisconsin and our neighbors rebuild and recover from these floods. We take very seriously our responsibility to serve the citizens of the state, especially in times of need, and we wish to do everything we can to provide assistance and support to our communities during this time. Our institutions have many experts and resources, both on campus and in every Wisconsin county, to aid local communities with a broad range of problems created by flooding, from the critical decisions that farmers must weigh regarding salvaging or replanting their crops to the challenges flooded homeowners face. These experts are ready to lend technical advice and research data that can help citizens make informed, sound decisions regarding their homes, business and communities.
Our state is in the midst of a dynamic situation, which continues to evolve as weather and water levels change. Many of our researchers and extension staff are posting up-to-date information on their Web sites, and we encourage you to seek out these valuable sources and visit them often. To aid in finding the services most relevant to you, Cooperative Extension has created a comprehensive Web site devoted to the floods. You can find this page linked from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences home page: www.cals.wisc.edu. If you have questions not addressed through this Web site, please contact Richard Straub, CALS Director of Agricultural Programs and Research Stations, (608) 216-6305, who can connect you with the most relevant resources.
The weather we have experienced in recent weeks has been unprecedented, and recovering from its effects will require the collaboration and cooperation of everyone in our communities. Fortunately, history has shown us that Wisconsin does this exceptionally well. We are proud to call this state home, and we are pledged to do our part as fellow citizens. With all of our best efforts, we are confident our communities will emerge even stronger than before.
Jahn is dean, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Klemme is dean, UW-Extension Cooperative Extension.