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Food Pres Canning

Preserving acid foods with a steam canner? Here’s what you need to know

This spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison published research showing that atmospheric steam canners may be used to safely can naturally acidic foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified foods such as salsa or pickles. But certain criteria must be met for the food to be safe to eat when using these canners, says […]

Making Grocery List

Reading with children doesn’t always require a storybook

The skills children bring with them to kindergarten, such as vocabulary, knowledge of letter names and sounds, and the ability to rhyme words, are strong predictors of future school success. Parents–a child’s first and most valuable teachers–most often set these skills in motion long before a child enters preschool or other formal schooling situation. “What […]


When and how to teach kids about money

Taking small steps can help children become financially smarter adults Young children often have trouble understanding why they can’t have every toy or piece of candy they see at the store. But by around age 10, kids begin to comprehend that money is a limited resource. “The ages of 10 to 12 are an opportune […]

ACA Healthcare

Summer job changes may affect health insurance coverage

Family schedules often change over the summer with kids out of school and parents adjusting work hours for child care or seasonal work demands. Caroline Gomez-Tom, health outreach specialist with Covering Kids & Families, reminds people that changes in employment may affect their health insurance coverage. Many positions can be affected by the start of […]


Well Water User Survey Coming Soon

Do you have your own drinking water well? If so, you may receive a survey in the mail soon asking your thoughts on well water safety and the availability of information to help you manage it. UW-Extension wants to know what information is most useful and what additional resources or services would be beneficial. The […]


What’s all the fuss about Listeria?

Recent food recalls have forced consumers to throw away foods such as ice cream and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. What is Listeria and why is it considered an important foodborne pathogen? Barbara Ingham, University of Wisconsin-Extension food science specialist provides some background. Listeria is a hardy bacteria found in […]

Mike Winkler

Entrepreneurship Educator Joins UW-Extension Fond du Lac County

Mike Winkler has recently joined UW-Extension Fond du Lac County as an Entrepreneurship Educator. His work will be centered on teaching Going Solo workshops for community members interested in starting their own businesses, honing their basic business skills, and exploring the idea that “everyone is an entrepreneur.” Of special emphasis will be service to traditionally […]


UW-Extension joins IGNITE!

  IGNITE! Business Success is officially “open for business”. IGNITE! is a network of fourteen entrepreneur resource providers who have rallied together to deliver a higher level of service consistency and support for start-ups and growing businesses in Fond du Lac County.   “Entrepreneurs spur innovative thought,” says Jo Ann Giese-Kent, director of entrepreneurship and business […]