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“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!


Master Gardener 2016 Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 14, 2016 8 – 11 a.m. at the Portage County Business Park (Rettler Corporation, 3317 Business Park Dr., Stevens Point) From our gardens to yours … perennials, vegetables, grasses, and herbs. Come join us! Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions and help you choose wisely.

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Tis the season for canning, freezing and dehydrating.

Tis the season for canning, freezing and dehydrating. If you are interested in any of the above you may want to know our office has updated and upgraded to digital all our Food Preservation Guides and Fact Sheets. Here is our most current list: USDA Principals of Home Canning Pressure Canner Use & Care Using Boiling Water […]

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2014 Portage County Plat Books Available

The 2014 Portage County Plat Book is available – a convenient reference for local governments, private realty, surveying companies, and the general public. The 2014 edition is the most recent edition available…get yours today!

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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 […]