Identifying weeds and using the best management practices to control them is important to both farmers and homeowners; reaching both these audiences was a goal of the Weed Experts exhibit at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.
The Weed Experts exhibit, which provided tips and advice on weed management during Wisconsin Farm Technology Days and included an interactive display, received the 2015 Donald R. Peterson Technology Transfer Award. Individuals recognized for their efforts with this display were Mark Renz, UW-Extension/Madison weed specialist; Richard Proost, UW-Extension/Madison nutrient management outreach specialist; Peg Reedy, Ken Williams, Scott Reuss, Craig Saxe, Vijai Pandian, UW-Extension county educators; and Glenn Nice, Tony Summers, Niels Jorgensen, Chelsea Zegler, Jacob Grace, Stacey Marion, UW-Madison Department of Agronomy.
In addition to helping people identify weeds, the Weed Experts exhibit included a daily Biggest Weed Contest that encouraged participants to show-off their weed growing ability by bringing in their largest non-woody, non-poisonous plant sample.
“The Weed Experts exhibit is a perennial favorite of Wisconsin Farm Technology visitors, especially the Biggest Weed Contest,” said John Shutske, chair, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board. “Exhibits like this provide another venue to share unbiased university research with people around the state.”
The Donald R. Peterson Award recognizes outstanding educational effectiveness and impact via an interactive exhibit and activities at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. To receive this award, groups must successfully engage audiences around topics such as: effectively using new management tools, processes, or concepts; incorporating new technologies into a modern farm operation; or issues that challenge contemporary agriculture and our natural resource base.
The Donald R. Peterson Wisconsin Farm Technology (Progress) Days Technology Transfer Award was established in honor of Don Peterson, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Professor and Associate Dean. Peterson was Chair of the Board of Directors from 1975-1993 and Executive Director of Wisconsin Farm Progress Days from 1993-1998. The Award memorializes Peterson’s diligent efforts to encourage CALS faculty and staff to convey the fruits of College research and knowledge to the public through Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.
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