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A Parent’s Role in Body Image

Last Halloween, a woman in North Dakota planned to hand out candy to neighbor children, as is customary. However, she generated controversy when she shared the rest of her plan—to hand out a note, rather than candy, to the children whom she considered overweight. The note, addressed to the children’s parent(s), read “You [sic] child […]


Celebrating our Heritage

“Latinos Unidos en Fond du Lac” (Latinos United in Fond du Lac) is a community group (youth and adults) that has been working together for a year with the purpose to connect, educate, and empower Latinos in our county. In September, the group hosted a Celebration of Independence event. This was a cultural event to […]


New Structure and Opportunity for the FoodWIse Program

October 1st marks the beginning of the 2018 fiscal and programming year for FoodWIse. FoodWIse is the UW-Extension Family Living Program’s nutrition education program. Funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program helps families on FoodShare make healthier food choices on a limited budget. FoodShare works with community agencies to reach families […]


Big Programs are Coming!

October and the fall season always remind us to begin preparations for change, and the start of a new agriculture meeting season!  Much planning and preparation has been done this past month for the upcoming meeting season!  And we are excited about it!  Programming includes those related to calf management, farm business succession, animal well-being, […]

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Afraid You Might be the Target of Identity Theft or Fraud?

The recent data breach in the news comes from Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. This breach involves computer hackers accessing personal data – social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and potentially more information – of 143 million U.S. consumers.  Fond du Lac County UW Extension Family Living Educator Shelley […]


On the Road with IGNITE! Business Success

In early October, Diana traveled to Michigan to present about Fond du Lac County’s entrepreneurial development system:  IGNITE! Business Success. Most communities haven’t been able to achieve 16 organizations collaborating to launch new businesses and Michigan State Extension attendees were fascinated to hear how we do it. View the history, overview, and outcomes of IGNITE! […]


Touring Cover Crops and the World Beneath

Thirty-eight participants visited three local farms to observe the top growth of cover crops and to view the soil world beneath their feet.  On October 18th the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water held their first morning field tour.  These farmers have a mission of improving our community’s soil & water through conservation practices […]


Achievement – a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill

4-H members of all ages were recognized for their accomplishments at the annual achievement program held Oct. 16 at UW-Extension. Kayla Doll and Kaitlyn Wehner were honored with the Citizenship Award sponsored by Farm Bureau Women. Only two youth attain this highest award each year. Recipients are selected based upon their participation, leadership and community […]

Achievement Night 2017

4-H Family Times November 2017 Newsletter

Highlights in the November Family Times 4-H newsletter include Officers Workshop, Volunteers in Preparation Training, Creative Arts Festival, Family Learning Day, Holiday Tack & Craft Sale, and Dairy Project Committee.  

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Leadership Journey

Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman recently completed the National Extension Leadership Development Program this past month, with the capstone session in Minneapolis, MN.  The week-long session focused on personal visioning, influence, innovation, and effective communication. The mission of NELD is to build leaders in Cooperative Extension at all levels and provide them with the […]