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Educators work alongside the people of Wisconsin to improve lives and community by delivering educational programs in the following areas: AgricultureCommunity DevelopmentHuman Development & RelationshipsNutrition4-H Youth Development, and Positive Youth Development.
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Standing Strong and Resolute as a Guardian of Your Equity- February 5, 2021. Without a doubt, the decision to guard equity through transition to something new is one of the more difficult decisions an owner/manager will ever make. Doing so starts with a thoughtful and frank analysis of the operation’s current status including financial, infrastructure and management. During this webinar, Extension Farm Management Specialist/UW-Platteville Professor Kevin Bernhardt and Ozaukee and Washington County Extension Ag Educator Steph Plaster will discuss farm examples and the important considerations for these decisions..

Is Fair Equal? - January 22, 2021. Should inheritance be equal, or fair?  The idea that in order to be fair, owners need to transfer everything equally among all the children challenges the ability to continue the farm business.  In this webinar, Extension educators Kaitlyn Davis, La Cross County, Heather Schlesser, Marathon County, Steph Plaster, Ozaukee and Washington Counties, and Joy Kirkpatrick UW Center for Dairy Profitability will discuss the considerations based on goals you may have for the future of the business and strategies for success

**Farm Ready Research is Extension’s agriculture webinar meeting series for farmers and ag professionals. Join upcoming webinars to learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to farm management resources. Sessions run through May 2021.**

Triple P Positive Parenting Workshops are virtual and free for parents/caregivers of children 0-12 years. Join Carol Bralich, Triple P Educator, Human Development & Relationships Educator, Extension Washington County Wednesday evenings in February. The three Ps in ‘Triple P’ stand for ‘Positive Parenting Program’. Triple P does provides a toolbox of ideas for you to choose from and apply. It is all about making Triple P work for your family. Register for a Triple P Workshop or Download Informative Flyer

2021 Tri-County 4-H Visual Arts Festival - Are you or someone you know a youth artist looking for an opportunity to share your artwork with the community, receive feedback on your work, and talk virtually with other youth artists? Learn More or Download Event Flyer
Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021

Wisconsin 4-H is kicking off its Virtual Learning Community! The Virtual Learning Community is an opportunity for all youth to experience fun, hands-on programming via live Zoom sessions. Enrollment in the Wisconsin 4-H Program is not required to participate. Register or Learn More

The Midwest Manure Summit is geared towards progressive dairy managers and owners, consultants, service providers, custom manure haulers, educators, dairy nutritionists, farm management professionals, engineering consultants, and agency staff. Register or Download Event Flyer

New Family Orientation: Welcome to 4-H-Join in the this first of the three part New Family Orientation series. This series is designed to give youth and their family a great overview of 4-H.

New Year, New-trition
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Kelly Hackett

          Kelly kicked off January with writing and recording virtual education videos as part of a statewide FoodWIse initiative to provide alternative options for reaching 3rd-5th grade youth. These virtual ed. “playlists”, consisting of short videos full of fun MyPlate information, will be offered to community partners working with these age groups. These will also serve as an introduction of Kelly to the kids and their families. She continued the thread of youth programming by observing virtual Head Start 4K Color Me Healthy lessons, and beginning a Healthy Schools Bootcamp towards future policy, systems, and environmental FoodWIse initiatives aimed at improving health of school-age youth. 
          Shifting to adults, Kelly co-piloted her first class for Washington County participants, working with a Fond du Lac FoodWIse Educator to teach a virtual MyPlate lesson to adults at The Threshold on January 21st. Following the lesson, participants reported intentions to eat fruits and vegetables with their meals.

Developing City of West Bend's Strategic Plan

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Community Development

Paul Roback

          In 2020, the mayor of the City of West Bend contacted Paul to facilitate a process to create a set of decision-making filters that align with the values of the West Bend community, the purpose of government operations, and the desired future the City wants to achieve. 
          To achieve this objective, Paul facilitated a five month process that engaged elected and pointed officials, department heads, and citizen representatives. The process included the development of mission and vision statements for government operations, prioritized goals, funding priorities, and operating guidelines to accomplish goals.  Together, these items will be used to assist future decision-making.
          Paul compiled a final report and presented it during the December 21st Common Council meeting. At the conclusion of the presentation, the mayor publically thanked Paul for his efforts. Paul also attended the January 4th Common Council meeting and to answer follow-up questions.  As a result of this follow-up, the Common Council unanimously approved the plan and an article was published as a front page headline in the Daily News on January 6th.
Calling All Youth Artists
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4-H Youth Development

Amy Mangan-Fischer

For the last five months, 4-H Program Educators from Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, and Washington County have been meeting virtually with youth from the three counties to plan the first Tri-County Visual Arts Festival.
4-H is a positive youth development program that values youth and adult partnerships and the youth are truly partners in planning this event. The youth on the planning committee participate fully in each meeting, chose the theme, the format, and helped secure the funding from their respective Leaders Associations.
          The Tri-County Visual Arts Festival committee is inviting all youth (kindergarten - one year out of high school) in the three counties to enter artwork into the contest. Artwork must be submitted digitally by Monday, February 15th. In addition to the artwork, youth are asked to answer reflection questions, as reflection is key to experiential learning and one of the cornerstones of 4-H.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
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Positive Youth Development

Ron Jakubisin

          Ron presented on Team Building Development to the Youth Futures' Youth Committee w/ 10 youth and 2 adult sponsors attending. The presentation was positively received; an adult sponsor stated “she valued how the fun activities all had a ‘teachable moment’ about teamwork”. Ron will continue with the ongoing series (monthly) engaging these youth in team development to assist  the group in achieving their goals. Ron also attended the January Youth Futures Adult Board meeting which is working on the February Parent Chat workshop and youth engagement activities.  
           Ron is working with Fair Park Elementary School to bring classroom workshops that focus on Social Emotional Learning standards that the school seeks to achieve. Ron’s outreach efforts included informational sessions (and scheduling) with staff from The Family Center of Washington County and Big Brothers/Big Sisters to bring educational sessions to their youth and adults. 
Partnering with Forward Careers to Provide Financial Education Component
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Human Development & Relationships

Carol Bralich

              Money Matters Online Program Money Matters is an online self-study Extension financial program that is available to anyone in the community statewide and can be designed as a built in component with an existing or new agency program. The program coordinator at Forward Careers contacted Carol searching for a financial education program that would fulfill the educational requirement for the Work ‘N Wheels vehicle loan program implemented in fall 2020 for Washington, Ozaukee, and Waukesha residents.  Due to the pandemic, an online program would best meet the needs of the applicants.
          Carol developed a specific program description, participant directions and organization procedures. Participants complete the required module quizzes: Your Financial Strengths, Making a Spending Plan, Credit Scores and Credit Reports and When You Can’t Pay Your Bills. A financial coaching session provides an opportunity for the participant to plan financial goals and action steps, ask questions from the online modules and learn more about local resources. Participants receive a certificate of completion. Since November 2020, there have been 5 individuals who have completed the Money Matters Program.
Providing Timely Farm Management Education Using YouTube
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Steph Plaster

          The Extension Farm Management Program launched their new Farm Management Fridays series this January as part of the broader Agriculture Institute’s Farm Ready Research series. This farm management series will be held on various Fridays from January through May as YouTube livestreams and then will transition to a newsletter through the spring and summer.  Stephanie is co-leading the webinar series and the newsletter release.  In January three sessions were held: Navigating Your Farm Business Through 2021, In It for the Long Haul…Cash Flow During a Crisis, and Farm-Gate Economic Outlook Forum.  Two hundred and five people viewed the webinars live.  The sessions were recorded and closed captioned so they could be released publicly.  The videos continue to be viewed online, and the evaluations are currently being captured.  Total views for the three webinars is currently 311.  
          Stephanie will be speaking at both of the February sessions on farm succession.  See a full list of topics and register at: 
As part of the UW-Madison Division of Extension, we provide knowledge and resources to engage people and their communities in positive change where they live and work.
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