Agriculture Workshops, Classes, Trainings . . .

Extension Offers Free Poultry Management Webinar SeriesMay/June 2021

(Madison) UW-Madison, Division of Extension, is offering a free webinar series designed to assist home and small-scale poultry producers in their management.  The series will take place on Wednesday evenings between May 12 and June 2, with each event beginning at 7 p.m.  The live discussion events will feature the opportunity to ask questions of presenters. The four sessions in this series will focus on these topics:

May 12 = Small flock meat chicken management

May 19 = Small laying flock management

May 26 = Small scale commercial poultry management

June 2 = Ducks, Turkeys, Guineas, and other non-chicken poultry

Discussion will be led by Ron Kean, UW-Madison, Division of Extension Poultry Science Specialist.  Kean will showcase management techniques and tactics that create healthier flocks and more efficient management practices for the type(s) of production focused on that evening.  Legal parameters involved in raising and selling poultry or poultry products will also be discussed and will be a focal point during the May 26 event oriented toward small scale commercial producers.


Participation in any, or all, of the events in this series is free, but registration is required ahead of the event, by visiting  If you have any questions about these webinars, contact Mike Travis, Extension Pierce County Agriculture at or 715-672-5214.

2020 Pest Management Update Virtual Meetings – The schedule for the Wisconsin Pest Management Update meeting series is listed below. The format will be different this year because of COVID-19, please read on here – 2020_PestMgmtUpdateAgenda (1)

Farm Couples Weekend Workshops – Challenging economic conditions in agriculture can take a toll on farm families and rural communities. Are you a farm couple interested in learning about stress management techniques, improving family communications, and decision making and goal setting exercises? If so consider attending a Farm Couples Weekend Workshop.  Click here for locations of workshops and dates and how to register. $50 per couple deposit required –   → Farm Couples Workshop Flyer (002)

For News Release on Farm Couples Weekend Workshops, click here →   Farm Couples Weekend Getaway News Release – FINAL


2017 cattle Feeders Clinic, Monday February 20th, 2017


2017 Cattle Feeders Clinic
Monday, February 20th, 2017
Marten Center – 120 S Franklin Street
Mondovi, WI
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost $5.00

Preregister requested by February 15th to Buffalo County Extension at 608-685-6256, email or click Here for information on how to register.

Topics Include:

What king of cattle do buyers want?
Presenter: Mr. Jeff Reed, Central Livestock Association, Zumbrota

Nutrition from weaning to finish
Presenter: Dr. Dan Schaefer, Department of Animal Science, UW-Madison

Market outlook and factors influencing price discovery
Presenter: Dr. Brenda Boetel, UW-Extension Livestock Economist


Herbicide Resistance & Weed Management Meeting: February 29th, 12:30 - 2pm


Resistant weed populations have been a concern in Wisconsin and across the Midwest. While each farm has their own unique weed biology, common waterhemp (Amaranthus rudis Sauer) is an increasing threat to current agricultural production systems here in Pierce County. Pierce County is one of two counties in the state of Wisconsin with confirmed Glyphosate resistances waterhemp. On Monday, February 29th, 2016, come hear Dr. Mark Renz, UW-Extension Weed Specialist and Dan Smith, UW-Extension Outreach specialist for the Nutrient and Pest Management Program, as they will be presenting on weed biology and herbicide resistance, strategies, open discussion on troublesome weeds in no till systems and strategies for terminating cover crops in diverse cropping systems. This meeting will take place in the Seyforth Building located on the Pierce County Fairgrounds, 364 North Maple St, Ellsworth, WI 54011 starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be free educational resources available related to herbicide resistance and terminating cover crops. For more information please contact the Pierce County UW-Extension office at 715-273-6781.

Speakers include:

Dr. Mark Renz, UW– Extension Weed Specialist

Dan Smith, UW– Extension Outreach Specialist for the Nutrient and Pest Management Program 

Pesticide Applicator Training Classes - Spring 2016


All sessions are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude around 3:00 p.m. Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, January 28th at the Ag Service and Education Center (1960 8th Ave, Baldwin, WI)
  • Tuesday, February 9th at the Seyforth Building (Pierce County Fairgrounds, Ellsworth, WI)
  • Tuesday, March 15th at the Dairy Learning Center, UWRF Mann Valley Farm (River Falls, WI)

If you are unable to attend a training session, producers also have the option to take the exam self-study any time by making an appointment with the UW-Extension office nearest to you.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training is designed for those individuals engaged in agriculture and planning to purchase restricted use pesticides. Individuals can be certified in 3 categories: General Farming, Fruit Crops, and Greenhouse and Nursery. An exam is given, and to be certified, participants need 50% correct when attending a training session and 70% for self-study.  For more information about Private PAT go to or contact the Pierce County UW-Extension office at 715-273-6781.

Materials should be picked up at least one week before the session in order to prepare for the written exam. Space may be limited for each session.  Individuals are asked to pre-register and pick up materials at their local UW-Extension office. Cost is $35 per person.  

July 1st UW-Extension Beef Cow/Calf Meeting

While Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland”, interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise.  Within Wisconsin, St. Croix County ranks in the Top 10 counties for the number of beef cow/calf herds.  A recent USDA census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly one third of the US calf crop annually.  With a plentiful supply out-of- use dairy farm operations and pasture land available, many who work off the farm or have retired from dairying find raising beef cattle a natural fit for their available facilities.

A UW-Extension Beef Cow/Calf producer meeting was offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations.  Speaker topics included preventing and managing Pinkeye, herd sire health and management, and vaccination protocols for your herd.  Attendees of the meeting will qualify for one continuing education credit for Beef Quality Assurance recertification.  The meeting was held July 1st, 6:00 PM, at the Ag Service & Education Center in Baldwin.  There was no cost for this program.

This beef cow/calf meeting was sponsored by the UW-Extension Beef and Livestock Teams.  For more information please contact Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County Agriculture Agent at 715-531-1930.  

No- Till Users Group Roundtable - 2014

General Workshop Information:

In response to the growing demand for information and networking opportunities among no-till farmers in the region, Pierce County UW- Extension announced a series of educational programs and roundtables. No- till farmers were encouraged to register and participate in the Pierce County No- Till Users Group roundtables on the last Thursdays of the month during January, February and March. Each Session was held in the Pierce County Office Building Lover level meeting room in Ellsworth  from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Each session included featured presenters with ample time for roundtable discussion.

Resources From January Workshop:

From the January 30th, 2014 No- Till Users Group Roundtables we discussed the economics and considerations of No-Till farming within Pierce County. By incorporating local commodity prices and other estimated annual machinery expenses, labor cost and tillage practices cost- Greg Andrews, Kevin Barnett, and Jim Leverich were able to publish a number of excel spreadsheets that No- Till Users as well as Conventional Tillers can use as a guided to identify possible economic gains and cost of production. The unique aspect of these spreadsheets is that growers can input there cost of production into the excel spreadsheets. Please also find the two power points presentations that were also distributed during the meeting.

Arriaga no-till Pierce HANDOUT 30Jan14

Cattle Feeders 2014

Copy of Copy of Andrews Tillage COP Comparison

Copy of Soybeans after Corn after Budget for Pierce County in 2014 Revised

More Classes and Workshops through St. Croix County UW Extension