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Extension Launches New Podcast on New & Alternative Crops
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/29/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Extension program has launched a new podcast to provide growers with research-based information on new and alternative crops. The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops for Wisconsin focuses on a single crop by interviewing researchers, growers, and movers and shakers behind each crop.

Current episodes include information about hazelnuts, hops, industrial hemp, Kernza, malting barley, and prairie STRIPS. New episodes will be posted roughly every two weeks

"The goal of the podcast is two-fold," said Jason Fischbach, Agriculture Agent for Extension Ashland/Bayfield Counties and one of the organizers and co-hosts for the podcast. "First, we want to give growers in-depth knowledge and information about emerging and alternative crops to help growers decide whether to pursue the opportunity. Second, we want to provide growers and stakeholders an inside look at what it takes to develop new crops and markets for these crops."

Chippewa County Ag Agent Jerry Clark adds that podcasts are a great way to connect with growers across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Plus, we're finding many of our clientele are listening to podcasts more and more these days," Clark said. "Whether in the tractor or in the field hoeing carrots, growers are tuning into podcasts to do some learning and to be entertained."

More information about The Cutting Edge podcast can be found at: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/grain/cutting-edge/.

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