Agriculture

My name is Alana Voss and I began working as your Extension Agriculture Educator in October 2018.  I grew up in the agriculture community in southern Juneau County on my family’s farm and was very active in 4-H, FFA, and county, state and district fairs.  After graduating from High School, I went to UW-Platteville for a double major and double emphasis in agriculture.  After graduation at UW-Platteville, I was hired into Extension in December 2016 as the Agriculture Educator for Adams and Juneau Counties and transitioned to my current role in 2018.  This year consisted of learning more about Juneau  County from behind the scenes and I am now looking to hear the voices and concerns of the agriculture community.


If it happens on a farm or in a field, the Extension Institute of Agriculture works with you to achieve better results.  Our innovative dairy management programs range from genetics to farm and business management.  Extension researchers work hand-in-hand with row crop, forage and fresh produce growers to provide best practices for every aspect of the growing phase.  We also advise communities on using sustainable practices to create inviting spaces free from invasive species.  Our work supports people, communities and businesses.


Looking for information specific to Juneau County?  Visit our Juneau County page to find local resources including the Juneau County Impact Report, Juneau County rental rates, and local events and trainings.


2021 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm/Home Applications Now Available

The 2021 Century (100 years) and Sesquicentennial (150 years) Farm & Home Program Awards are a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their life to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years.

To qualify for the award, families are required to provide proof of continuous family ownership of a property in the state of Wisconsin for either the last 100 or 150 years.

The Century Farm and Home Program began in 1948 in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin’s Centennial Celebration.  In 2020, 154 property owners were honored.  The Sesquicentennial program similarly originated in 1998 as part of the state’s Sesquicentennial Celebration and over 900 families have been honored.

Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2021.  Only one certificate may be issued per property.

2022 Century Farm or Home Application

2022 Sesquicentennial Farm or Home Application


Soil Sample Information

Soil Sample Lawn and Garden Instructions & Submission Form

Soil sample Field-Vegetable- Fruit Crop Instructions & Submission Form

Soil sample Wildlife Food Plot Instructions & Submission Form

For more resources go to UW SOIL AND FORAGE LAB website, and for determining soil type utilize the soil names on the Soil Map & Yield Potentials link.

Another option to determine your soil type – go to the WEB SOIL SURVEY which is run by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

UW Soil and Forage Lab fees

If the Juneau County Extension office mails the samples to the lab for you the cost is $8.05 for 1-2 samples.  Please call for additional information 608-847-9329.


Farm Stress

If you or someone you know are experiencing chronic stress that is impacting your mental and physical well-being, relationships, and decision making, there are resources for you.  Visit the Resilient Farms, Families, Business & Communities webpage for more resources.  There is a Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Program through the USDA website and a 24/7 hotline at 1-888-901-2558.  They also have a lot of great resources at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing.WI/FarmCenterOverview.aspx


Land Leases

2021 New Year Means New Leases

This time of year brings many conversations with landowners on what the rental rate prices are for the area, but this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the conversation on creating a land lease. As each property will probably have its’ own lease agreement created depending on the situation for that property. See document above, ‘2021 New Year Means New Leases’ for more information.

 

 

For more information please contact:

Agriculture Educator Alana VossAlana Voss
Extension Juneau County
Courthouse
220 E. State Street, Room 104, Mauston, WI 53948

Phone: (608) 847-9329
Cell: (608) 477-3945
alana.voss@wisc.edu