Annually, through the GENEX Collegiate Scholarship Program, a minimum of four $1000 scholarships are awarded.
WHO CAN APPLY?
- You can apply for the scholarship if you …
- Will be attending a 4-year college or university or 2-year technical college in the fall of 2021.
- Are pursuing a degree in an agricultural field.
- Are affiliated with a GENEX cooperative member by having an active role on the member’s dairy or ranch. (Members must spend a minimum of $500 per year with GENEX and have submitted a membership agreement.)
- Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Have not previously received the GENEX Collegiate Scholarship.
Click here for more information and to start your application. Applications are due April 2, 2021.
Also in this edition:
- Speaking of batteries, did you know February 18th was National Battery Day?
- Record Breaking Tonnage Year!
- The Carryout Conundrum
- Our own Mark Walter received the "Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award" - Congratulations Mark!
We also learned that the state of Wisconsin will be receiving doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
You can check out all the latest news and information here: https://www.browncountywi.gov/community/covid-19/general-information/covid-19-vaccination/
Brown County Public Health will be sure to keep our community updated as more information becomes available.
DO YOU KNOW A DESERVING TEEN?
National 4-H Council has joined the Invisalign® brand in their search for 100 deserving teens dedicated to making a difference. Each will be celebrated at a virtual event and awarded $5,000 cash to fund their service projects or help support their educational or personal goals. 30 awards are set aside for 4-H members.
Encourage the teens in your life to apply by sharing how they’re creating positive change in their communities for a chance to be recognized as Invisalign® ChangeMakers!
All teens ages 13 – 19 can apply now through March 31, 2021.
Click here for application materials.
FREE virtual small group conversations for nonprofit leaders on the pressing management issues of today. Discuss timely topics with a small group of peers and invited discussants who share knowledge and participate in Q&A. Conversations are lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE to participate, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. Check out the full article for 2021 dates and registration links.
Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The program gives participants the skills and confidence to provide initial support to those who are experiencing a crisis in their community. WiROSE is supporting both Youth and Mental Health First Aid to better equip adults to help those in their community who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use disorder.
These sessions are available to anyone who lives and works in Wisconsin. Space is limited to to 25 participants.
Adult Mental Health First Aid - (Multiple Dates Are Available - Click Here for Details)
Youth Mental Health First Aid - (Multiple Dates Are Available - Click Here for Details)
For more information and to register for any of these classes, please visit the WiROSE project website at https://wirose.wisc.edu/mental-health-first-aid/
If you have symptoms of #COVID19 or were in close contact with someone who was diagnosed, you should get tested!
Talk to your doctor, go to a testing site, or order an at-home testing kit!
You can find more information and resources here:
Here are a few to help you get the seeds in time for spring planting, according to Jay Dampier with the Extension Horticulture Program.
Discover the opportunities that lie ahead at the PDPW Business Conference. Join dairy farmers and allied industry for two days of world-renowned speakers and dynamic educational sessions you won’t find anywhere else. Register today to be among dairy’s best and brightest this March at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Click here for information.
It can be difficult for farmers and ranchers to navigate the wide range of USDA resources and stay up to date with program changes after each Farm Bill. Thanks to the newly updated Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can easily find USDA programs that can help them achieve their goals.
The 101-page guide covers 62 government programs and has been updated to include program updates from the 2018 Farm Bill. Each program listing provides a description of the program’s available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. The guide also includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.
“Farmers are hungry for resources to help them get started or answer specific questions. Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities provides a comprehensive, one-stop-shop to many helpful programs,” says Kerri Ebert, coordinator of the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops.
Click here to download the FREE PDF. Print copies are also available by emailing email@example.com with your request.
The series runs from February 3rd through March 10th, 2021 on Wednesdays at 9:00am. These sessions will be on Zoom. Register at no cost here!
Getting to this point was possible thanks to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There were a number of steps that needed to happen to ensure the vaccine was safe for use before it gets to you.
You can learn more about this process here:
U.S. Vaccine Safety - Overview, History, and How It Works | CDC
Project Recovery is an outreach program working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin. Trained outreach workers provide community-based support and education to help farmers, farmworkers, and their communities cope during this stressful time.
Project Recovery is a service made possible through partnerships between FEMA, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, WISCAP Wisconsin Community Action Program and SWCAP Southwest Community Action Program, a consortium of counties in southwest Wisconsin.
Outreach workers are available to provide free, anonymous emotional support and connection to resources.
1-833-FARM-HELP (1-833-327-6435) is the farmer crisis hotline, it is put in place to help anyone experiencing stress related to the pandemic (toll-free).
In response to new guidelines released by the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Brown County Public Health has updated quarantine guidance for close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID19.
While 14 days is still the safest option, quarantine can end:
• After 10 days with no symptoms
• After 7 days with no symptoms and a negative test
Get details you need to protect yourself and your community:
Taught by Extension Educators
Upcoming Class Dates & Times:
January: 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; 1-2pm
February: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18; 7-8pm
March: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; 9-10am
Location: Online, live instruction via Zoom; links will be sent after registration.
To register complete this online form: https://go.wisc.edu/Rentsmartregister
What you will learn:
● Planning for and meeting monthly expenses
● Tips for finding and maintaining affordable housing
● How to complete an application and why landlords screen applicants
● Strategies for building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors
● Responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants
● Participants must complete all 6 modules to earn the Rent Smart certificate
● For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-741-4951
An EEO-Affirmative Action Employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and ADA requirements.
The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is excited to once again partner with North Shore Bank to present North Shore Bank Zoo Boo for the 2020 season. Although this year’s event features a few changes from years past to promote health and extra safety measures, you can rest assured that we haven’t changed the fun! North Shore Bank Zoo Boo will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st.
Learn more at newzoo.org
Bring the family and join the FAB COLLAB on Saturday, October 3, 2020 for a live outdoor sculpture build on the grounds of the Neville Public Museum. The Fab Collab (Fabrication Collaboration) will be building a large-scale sculpture of a sea creature!
To shop the Paws & Claws Gift Shop online, visit the NEW Zoo's website at newzoo.org
The community gardens program received funds to purchase plants and seeds from local greenhouses to share with its participating gardeners, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. Additional funds were also awarded for other garden projects. Thank you to Diocese of Green Bay CRS Rice Bowl grant for helping our gardeners grow!
Many local pantries accept fresh produce donations and have need for more donations to meet clients' needs. Need is especially great this year. Help make sure everyone has the fresh fruits and vegetables they need by signing up to participate here.
The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Due to Covid 19 the STEAM Engine XII event will be virtual attendance only. View at facebook.com/Steamenginegb.
Freshly picked fruits and vegetables are flavorful, healthy and nutritious, and they will last longer in your fridge! Local, sustainable farms help keep our environment clean. They create less pollution and use fewer harmful chemicals which protects our air, water and soil.
When you support small farms and businesses, you keep money in your local community and support other hard working families.
Fresh Farm Atlas has provided a brochure that outlines how to obtain fresh, local food as well as how to choose in-season produce.
Watch both series on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Human Development and Relationships Facebook page!
The decision to see others or engage in activities is very personal. To help individuals and families think through these choices, Extension's Life Span Program has developed a decision guide. The guide walks users through the decision-making process, helping you to weigh out your own risks and benefits of interacting with others in your home or in public spaces. Those who prefer a more interactive tool can download a worksheet and/or flowchart that will take you through a series of questions and considerations. Access the guide here or contact your Extension office at 920-391-4610 for a printed copy.
Foster care is a temporary alternative to a child’s biological home when that home becomes socially, emotionally, or physically inadequate for the child’s needs. Foster children range in age from infant to 21; however, the greatest needs are for sibling groups of 3 or more, youth with special needs, and teenagers. It is an expectation that foster parents work with birth parents. All foster children have unique backgrounds, experiences, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Some may require extensive care for physical or emotional handicaps or disabilities. Foster children sometimes do not have a strong sense of belonging or a strong sense or self-worth. Many of them have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, some have suffered neglect, and some children and infants require extensive medical care.
Is Being a Foster Parent for You?
It might be! You probably have more to offer a foster child than you ever realized. Every day foster parents help to save the lives of children who might not otherwise have a chance to learn and grow in a loving home environment. These kids need people to change the course of their lives!
To learn more about Foster Parenting, visit our General Information page.
To learn more at a Brown County Foster Parent Information Session - click here for dates.
All community members are invited to sign up to participate in Planting for a Purpose, to meet food pantries' need for more fresh produce donations. Join the effort by signing up to participate. There is no minimum donation amount. All participants can pick up a free rain gauge, while supplies last.
- Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors and Volunteers
- City of De Pere
- City of Green Bay
- East and West High Schools
- Frank Hutjens
- Frank Daul and Sam Graner
- Green Bay Botanical Garden
- Green Bay Packers Give Back
- Green Bay Vet Center
- Home Depot
- John Lemere
- Jon and Sara Krause
- Kwaterski Construction
- Mark VandenPlas
- Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
- Streble Dairy
- Village of Hobart
Thank you to WFRV Local 5 for the wonderful news story that highlighted the Brown County Community Gardens Program. Check it out on their website by clicking here!
For more information on the program, click here to be directed to the Community Gardens webpage.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries report there is great need for more fresh produce donations to meet clients' needs. By signing up and pledging to donate a portion of their harvest, local gardeners can help ensure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Read the press release and find out how to get involved here. Free seed potatoes and rain gauges are available for participants, while supplies last.
Brown County Library – Central Branch - 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
Brown County Library – Ashwaubenon Branch - 1060 Orlando Drive, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
Brown County Library – De Pere Branch - 333 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115
Brown County Library – East Branch - 2255 Main Street, Green Bay, WI 54302
Brown County Library – Howard Branch - 2680 Riverview Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
Brown County Library – Pulaski Branch - 222 W. Pulaski Street, Pulaski, WI 54162
Brown County Library – Southwest Branch - 974 Ninth Street, Green Bay, WI 54304
Brown County Library – Wrightstown Branch - 615 Main Street, Wrightstown, WI 54180
Brown County Museum - 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI 54303
Brown County Park Management - Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve - 2024 Lakeview Drive, Suamico, WI 54173
Brown County Park Management – Bay Shore Park - 5637 Sturgeon Bay Road (Highway 57), New Franken, WI 54229
Brown County Park Management – Fairgrounds - 1500 Fort Howard Drive, De Pere, WI 54115
Brown County Park Management – Pamperin Park - 2801 County Road Rd, Green Bay, WI 54303
Brown County Park Management - Reforestation Camp - 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313
Brown County NEW Zoo - 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313
View the website here.
But UW–Madison’s Cindy Kuhrasch, who oversees the School of Education’s physical education teacher education program, sees these new circumstances as an opportunity to showcase the full potential that PE can have in children’s lives.
To help parents come up with ideas, Kuhrasch, her colleagues, and students are updating the UW-Madison physical education teacher education program’s Facebook page regularly to provide free resources and inspiration for staying active at home.
View the webpage and full article here.
In Wisconsin 4-H, we believe in educational opportunities that involve youth in their own learning. We encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. We want youth to DO a hands-on activity, REFLECT on their experience, and APPLY what they learned in the current activity and beyond. We also know that world events could prevent some of those things from happening. Let’s not let them!
Extension educators from around the state created a handy list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum. We chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information. We only listed the ones we think are the best, in the current situation.
The page is organized by grade level and is chock full of Extension and 4-H resources as well as high quality, fun, learning activities from a range of other sources. Click here to start exploring the resources!
Providing child care to the essential workforce is critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. To meet this need, Governor Evers created the Child Care for Essential Workers Taskforce. Click here for an informational flyer on the taskforce. Led by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the taskforce is working with the Early Childhood Association (WECA) and Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to connect essential workforce families in need of child care with locally available child care resources.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) understands that certain families need continued child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff, click here to view a list of tips for parents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
DCF is excited to launch two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care by clicking here through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map by clicking here.
More information for providers, essential workers and families can be found on the DCF COVID-19 Child Care webpage at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare
Find the full article here.
Though we are socially distancing, this does not mean we have to disconnect! Connect with our educators through social media. FoodWIse Brown County will be posting daily updates, news, information, healthy tips and challenges to our Facebook. Make sure to like, follow, and tag us in any challenge photos you post!
Stay safe and healthy!
What do we tell children in times of uncertainty like these? There are no easy answers but Travis Wright, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the School of Education at UW-Madison, offers some suggestions in this article.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. A new national survey shows that 1 in 5 households in the US have already had their income cut or stopped altogether. Click here for financial resources to help you through COVID-19.
As we all face these unpredictable times, our friends at KidsGardening created and shared these ‘tried and true’ plant-based activities that are joyful for any age and don’t involve any screen time. The national nonprofit reaches close to half of a million educators, parents and volunteers with free online gardening educational resources and activities. Click here for fun gardening with kids ideas!
Coronavirus is making life stressful for everyone. If you're in isolation at home with kids, you're probably hearing the phrase "I'm bored" a lot!
Beat the boredom by trying out this weeks NEW featured resource:
Kid-friendly safe recipes!
Or try engaging your kids with one of these fun activities:
Scrub Club – a cartoon game about handwashing with a fun song
Coloring Placemats – free printable placemats with activities
Smart Kids Fight BAC! – a classic cartoon video about food safety
View the full press release here.
As you may be aware, Extension Brown County along with the UW-Madison community have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. All Extension in-person activities at least through May 3rd are postponed or cancelled.
Although we are physically distancing, we hope to connect with the public now more than ever with the power of the internet and social media. Our educators are working hard to bring content virtually to your home. Our Facebook pages are being populated daily with ideas to keep your mind and body healthy and to help us stay connected with eachother as a community. Please use the links below to like our Facebook pages.
Extension Brown County
Extension Brown County 4-H Positive Youth Development
Brown County Community Gardens Program
FoodWIse Extension Brown County
If you do not want to connect with Facebook, please use the links below to see our news section for each department. We have the same content that is being shared on Facebook here.
General Extension News
4-H Positive Youth Development News
Social distancing does not mean social disconnect. Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!
Extension Brown County
When the Victory Garden Manual was first written in 1943, it was pretty easy to come up with reasons to grow your own vegetables. It was wartime and food was scarce. The food that was available might not have been the freshest or healthiest. Statistics say that in 1943, nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. were grown in-home and community victory gardens. That’s impressive!
Now, as National Garden Bureau celebrates its 100th anniversary (1920-2020), it seems timely to reintroduce the concept of victory gardening with quick and easy steps to plan and grow your own vegetable garden.
We are calling it, Victory Garden 2.0!
All credit goes to the author of this book, James H. Burdett. Mr. Burdett founded the National Garden Bureau in 1920 as a way to enlist horticultural writers and broadcasters in the noble effort of mass education to create a population of gardeners. In the process, he improved the lives of citizens both in wartime and in times of peace. Click here for more information.
Everyone is reminded that if you are coughing or sick, or otherwise exhibiting COVID-19 or flu like symptoms, please remain home and do not come to court. If you have a scheduled court case on the docket and need to reschedule, please contact your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, please contact the appropriate Branch or department to reschedule your court case. You must contact the appropriate Court within 24 hours of your scheduled hearing or it will be considered a Failure to Appear and additional charges could be filed for your non-appearance. Please click here for courthouse telephone numbers.
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
“We currently issue Birth Certificates if the birth occurred in any Wisconsin County from 1907 to present and are pleased to now offer Marriage Certificates as well. The ability to seamlessly provide copies of birth and marriage certificates in our office is the best way to serve our customers seeking these vital records,” says Berken. “My office continues to work with the State Vital Records Office to make other vital records similarly available for Brown County residents.”
Certificates of death are available statewide for deaths occurring on or after September 1, 2013. Certificates of divorce are available statewide for divorces occurring on or after January 1, 2016.
Individuals can contact the Brown County Register of Deeds office to receive more information about the statewide availability of records.
Brown County 4-H clubs and groups together raised nearly 600 pounds of aluminum tabs by collecting at various events and locations throughout Brown County. Through additional partner-ships and charitable contributions from local organizations, Hap-py Valley 4-H club will present a donation of more than 700,000 aluminum tabs as well as additional cash donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin. They’re not stop-ping there.
“Our vision is to be able to continue the program each year and hopefully grow and expand to include everyone, whether you collect handful of pop tabs or hundreds of pounds,” said club leader Nicki Van Deurzen.
Anyone interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs can contact email@example.com.
Along with added security, look for these added features on the new website:
- Google Translate – a service that instantly translates words used on a web page into over 100 other possible languages.
- Site Search – a search service that can help you quickly find what you need on the Brown County website.
- Email Alerts – sign up for a notification email whenever new content has been posted for Brown County news, events and updates.
- Responsive technology – the website’s content adapts to suit the individual needs of the site visitor.
- Social Media Page – Stay connected with all of Brown County’s social media activity across all agencies (Neville Museum, NEW Zoo, Parks, Brown County Library, etc.).
View our list of some of the activities happening today and this week.