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2015 G Parade

19th Annual Garden Parade July 15th & 16th

Join the UW-Extension Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers for the 19th Annual Garden Parade, featuring 6 local gardens and floral art at Gallery Q. Friday, July 15th, 2 pm – 7 pm or Saturday, July 16th, 10 am – 4 pm Tickets are $10 in advance at a location below or $12 at one of the garden […]

smart phone

“Spill the Beans” Youth Video Contest!

Get out that smart phone, tablet, or video camera! Youth grades 3 and older (as of January 1, 2016) are invited to submit a video in one of four categories explaining the importance of agriculture! You could win a cash prize and have your video featured at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair!

Plat Book

Portage County Plat Books Available at UWEX

The 2014 Portage County Plat Book is the most current edition available.  Plat books are a convenient reference for local governments, private realty, surveying companies, and the general public.  They also help support our Portage County 4-H programs.

Farmer to Farmer

Farmer to Farmer Hay, Forage and Corn List

The Farmer to Farmer Hay, Forage and Corn List puts Wisconsin farmers in touch with one another for the purpose of buying and/or selling corn silage, high moisture corn, haylage, hay, and straw. The farmer to farmer list is free of charge to both buyers and sellers. Users can list or search for hay, alfalfa […]

Heating your home with firewood

Heating Your Home with Wood

During the chill of a Wisconsin winter, there are few things more satisfying than a warm fire. Heating your home with wood can be less expensive than other sources of home heating energy, and firewood is a renewable resource. Prices of heating fuels vary considerably, but non-renewable fossil fuels and electricity are commonly 2 to […]

Soil Testing for Lawns and Gardens

Soil Testing

Portage County UW-Extension is offering soil testing for lawns and gardens. What you get: Analysis of current nutrient content of your soil (P,K). Current soil pH. Recommendation of type and amount of fertilizer to add. Allow 2 – 3 weeks for return of results. What we need: A total of 2 cups of air dry […]

Emergency, loss of power

Food Safety – When the Home Freezer or Refrigerator Stops

USDA Fact Sheet:  Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency Always keep meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 °F and frozen food at or below 0 °F. This may be difficult when the power is out. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.  […]

The Barn Project

How to Inventory Barns

Barns in Wisconsin are “an endangered species,” the causes readily listed; decay, abundant size, snow load, economic displacement. Yet nothing symbolizes our historic connection to the land with the same authority, bravery and family bond as a barn. The Barn Project The goal of this project is to inventory and photograph every barn in Wisconsin; every county, every barn. This project cannot save barns but […]