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The Wisconsin Idea in Action

Division of Extension

Projects

  • Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

    Supported through the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension, the Master Naturalist program promotes awareness, understanding, and stew...

  • Community Economic Development program

    Small businesses are critical to the Wisconsin economy and local communities. Self-employed business owners and entrepreneurs help shape local and reg...

  • Community Food Systems program

    Business ownership serves as an important vehicle for wealth creation, especially for members of economically disadvantaged communities. Research show...

  • Crops program

    In Wisconsin, 7 million acres of field crops, hay and haylage are harvested, at a value of $3.6 billion. Those farm operations are the foundation of W...

  • Farm Management program

    Agriculture is central to a prosperous Wisconsin, contributing more than $100 billion annually to our state’s economy and nearly 12% of our state’s em...

  • Horticulture program

    Vegetable gardening is important to many Wisconsin households with more than 440,000 households (19%) purchasing vegetable plants over a one-year peri...

  • Local Government Education program

    There are 1,923 Wisconsin local governments, and close to 10,000 elected governing body members in Wisconsin. To govern effectively, Wisconsin's loca...

  • LifeSpan program

    Social isolation and loneliness are critical concerns for both physical and mental health. The experience of isolation and loneliness results in a cas...

  • Literacy Link

    Extension programs promote positive, literacy-based interactions between young children and their justice-involved parents and caregivers. Parental in...

  • Livestock program

    Through Extension's Livestock program, beef producers better understand issues related to market strategies and maintaining building structures, allow...

  • Organizational & Leadership Development program

    Through Extension’s work, nonprofits are more effective at responding to local needs, providing services and programs, and addressing issues ranging f...

  • RentSmart

    The RentSmart Program helps residents attain and sustain affordable quality housing, which in turn reduces burdens on county and municipal public bene...

  • Research Accelerators program

    Through Research Accelerators, Extension delivers engaging and enriching environmental education programming that promotes science communication skill...

  • River2Lakes program

    Extension’s River2Lakes program helps teachers offer inquiry-based learning to more students. Lake Superior contains 10% of Earth's freshwater and is...

  • StrongBodies

    Extension’s StrongBodies program helps communities implement safe and effective strength training programs for midlife and older adults. Approximately...

  • Highlights of Taking Care of You

    Extension’s “Taking Care of You” program leads to better sleep and overall health, reduced muscle tension, improved relationships and greater physical...

  • Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study

    Our research shows that groundwater contamination by nitrate and bacteria is common in southwest Wisconsin and that sources include humans, cows, and...

  • Water WELLness

    Extension’s Water WELLness program provides private well owners with access to water testing kits, that are subsequently analyzed in a certified lab....

  • Youth In Governance program

    Extension empowers young people in decision making directly in their community, preparing the next generation of civic leaders, and building systems i...