Courthouse
Courthouse

To assist the public through the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown County has several sites throughout the County that have free high speed public WiFi - making it easy to access.  Sites include areas just outside of buildings, in parking lots and parks.  Here's a list of Brown County access points for “drive-up” connectivity:  
 
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



 
Apr. 28, 2020
Brown County continues to take precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of the community by mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), as provided through guidance from Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   As of now, the Brown County Courthouse will remain OPEN. 
 
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.
 
Mar. 16, 2020

The Brown County Fair is moving forward as scheduled on August 19-23, 2020. 

Are you an interested in becoming an exhibitor at the 2020 Brown County Fair? Do you have questions? Head over to the Exhibitor page on the Brown County Fair website for the updated 2020 exhibitor handbook!

A reminder: paper entries are open! Online entries are open. All entries are due for all divisions by July 15th!

Don't forget to take those photos and/or videos with your project! Those who tag the Brown County Fair Wisconsin on Facebook in your photos and videos will be entered into a drawing to win a couple of free tickets with rides included! They will randomly pick one winner for June and July!

 

June 3, 2020

Message from Ben Hoppe, Brown County 4-H Program Educator

Brown County 4-H members, families, and volunteers,

I wanted to reach out to you today to share a personal update. Recently, my wife was offered an amazing professional opportunity in Texas. After deliberation and discussion, we made the decision to embrace this new opportunity. My wife will have the opportunity to make use of her amazing skills and abilities and will also challenge her to grow with new experiences. Because of this, I will be leaving the position as the 4-H Program Educator, effective June 25th.

I am sad that I have only gotten to spend a year meeting you all, hearing your story, and seeing the regular impacts you make on the community. You have challenged me to grow, to learn new skills, and to face unique challenges over the past year. It’s difficult to put into words how much I appreciate everything you do.

Thank you to all of you that made me feel welcome when I began my role in Brown County. When I visited your clubs, talked with you at the county fair, or saw you at a county event, you took the time to tell me about what you were doing and your history with 4-H. I have seen so many selfless actions and encountered so many 4-H’ers that are dedicated to using your hearts, hands, health, and head. You all are amazing. Each day, you made me grateful to have the job that I did. You made every day worth it. Thank you for the amazing memories and experiences that you’ve shared with me. I know that times are challenging right now, but I have confidence in the future because I’ve had the benefit of seeing the future, our 4-H members, in action.

As always, if you have a question about anything in the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. It has been a wonderful experience getting to meet and know all of you. I appreciate everything and the impact that you have made on my life.

Thank you,
Ben Hoppe
ben.hoppe@wisc.edu
 


Message from Judy Knudsen, Area Extension Director:

Thanks to Ben for sharing his time and talents with the Brown County 4-H program! We wish you the best with the relocation to Texas.

Due to COVID-19 and unexpected financial impact, a hiring freeze has been implemented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension except for positions with outside funding. During this time of transition, the plan if approved is to hire a very part-time 4-H Program Coordinator.  In addition, Melinda Pollen who previously worked with 4-H clubs and leaders will be finishing a partial buy-out of her time with Microsoft at the end of July unless additional funding comes available in the next seven weeks. If additional funding does not become available, she will be able to allocate some time to 4-H clubs and leaders.

Until we can permanently fill the position, please send all emails and phone call inquiries to Alyssa Zirbel at Alyssa.Zirbel@browncountywi.gov or 920.391.4654.  If she is unable to answer the question or provide necessary information, questions and/or requests will be forwarded to Melinda or in some cases to myself.      

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.  Also thanks for your commitment to the 4-H program.   

Judy Knudsen
Area Extension Director
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
 

June 3, 2020

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. 

 

June 3, 2020

Dear Wisconsin 4-H Members, Families, & Volunteers  -

This has been a year unlike anything we’ve seen.  And, while Wisconsin has done a good job of limiting the spread of COVID-19 in many communities, the virus is still spreading. We are basing our decisions on health guidance and none of us has a crystal ball.  But with more than 30,000 youth in our programs, we are weighing the disappointment of not having a normal set of summer experiences against the need to take care of everyone in our communities.  And, we are trying to strike a reasonable balance as we transition back to in-person programs.

JUNE
During this month of June, the preferred method of program delivery is “virtual/online” and most planning efforts should focus on these types of programs for the remainder of the summer.  In June, we are also allowing some in-person but “No-contact” programs. “No-contact” programs are defined as programs that:

  • cannot be conducted virtually
  • are held outdoors
  • have only one youth or household engaged at a time (Note: household members may help ensure a child is never alone with an adult)
  • are staggered so there is no contact, if more than one youth/household is engaged, and  any shared equipment is sanitized between uses

Some examples include:

  • one-at-a-time/staggered times dog obedience training, horse riding lesson, or individual animal project work  
  • one household-at-a-time/staggered times community gardening and service projects
  • supply sharing and sales using curb-side pick-up/delivery methods.

Activities that clearly meet the “no-contact” guidelines will move forward.  Work with your 4-H Educator to seek organizational approval.  These will be the exception and not the rule. They will be limited to things that cannot be accomplished virtually.

WHEN READY – and no sooner than July 1, 4-H programs may begin for Small Groups with an approved plan.  We are currently planning to move to “small-group” meetings and activities of 10 or fewer people that allow social distancing.  Before we can move to this phase, both staff and volunteers must be trained on safety procedures. Plans will need to be created using the Extension template and shared with the 4-H Program Educator who will seek organizational approval. 

NEXT STEPS -- Anything can happen, and we are open to making changes as conditions improve. We hope to scale up to larger groups of no more than 50 by the end of the summer.  And it seems unlikely that 4-H will organize programs or participate in any activity or event with more than 50 participants for a considerable time.

REMINDER: Overnight camp and travel programs are cancelled through August.

Please know this a fluid situation and depending on how the summer progresses these plans and dates may need to be modified. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we all navigate these unprecedented times.

Thriving together,
Dei & Matt
 
Dondieneita Fleary-Simmons
WI 4-H Program Manager
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
130 Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
flearysimmon@wisc.edu
608.265-9788

June 3, 2020

We are excited to offer an opportunity for 4-H youth to make connections with new friends from overseas this summer! Although our in-person programming is cancelled for 2020, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new Pen Pal Program with our exchange partners in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica and Norway.
 
Who Can Participate?
It is open to youth between the age of 12 - 18. This program is completely free and there is no charge to participate at this time. Once your child's application is submitted, our national partner, States' 4-H International Exchange Program, will match them to an international youth (from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica or Norway), based on age, gender, and interests. Participants will receive notification of their match in June!
 
When is it?
This program will run from June – August of 2020. At the end of the program (end of August-early September) the youth participants are requested to send a “one-page summary” report about their new friend to 4-H. 
 
How Does the Pen Pal Exchange Work?
You and your child can choose their preferred method of communication: traditional letters/postcards, emails, or applications such as Facebook Messenger. Youth participants are tasked with exchanging a letter or message to their match at least once per month. States’ 4-H will suggest a topic of the month and a list of other writing prompts to help foster ideas of what to write if they want to use it. 
 
Registration is a first come, first serve basis and slots are filling up fast! This registration will close on Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 2:00pm. You can register at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63RD9DR

As part of the registration process, all participants will need to complete a Terms of Use and Parental Consent form which is now built into the single registration form. Please contact our team at wi4hinternational@extension.wisc.edu for any questions you may have! 
 

June 2, 2020

Join Kewaunee Co. 4-H as we learn about these two great topics from Sara Novotny. Clinics will feature information, videos, tips, and a question and answer session.

This is sponsored by Kewaunee County 4-H but are open to all 4-H members from throughout the state or surrounding states. Remember to register online - space is limited.

Those of you that have gotten to learn from Sara know that her teaching style is informative, fun, and personable. She is a multi-carded judge and spends most of her summer judging various levels of shows and teaching clinics for 4-H youth and adults. Sara is a former 4-H YD Agent for UWEX and is currently a beef and animal science/agronomy/agriculture business faculty member at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, IA. When she’s not judging, she enjoys training and showing POAs in the all around events. She is especially honored to be asked to continue to work with her WI 4-H family, where she was a 4-H member for 9 years.

Registration:
You will need to register at for each session by clicking on the name of the clinic below. They have unique registration links. You will need to register by Noon on the day of the virtual clinic in order to attend.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Horsemanship Pattern Pointers Clinic Registration - June 4, 3:30pm

Horse Judging Reasons Clinic Registration - June 9, 3:30pm

If you have questions about this virtual clinic or need accommodations, please contact Jill Jorgensen at jill.jorgensen@wisc.edu

June 1, 2020

The 2020 Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled.  Click here to read the full cancellation statement.

May 28, 2020

Brown County 4-H is looking at alternative summer camp programming for your kids to ensure we can provide a safe and positive experience for youth participants and adult instructors. We are considering presenting some of our camps virtually, but we need your help. Please take a few moments to answer our short survey that will help us gauge your interest in the Cardboard Chaos, Food, and Cloverbud Virtual Camps.

You can access the survey by clicking here.  We would appreciate all reponses completed by Friday, June 5th.

Thank you,
Brown County 4-H Staff

 

May 28, 2020

It's that time of year again. This year the program is being run a bit differently. Due to health issues, I am following strict social distancing and have recruited farms that will be sending in their own samples.  Special thanks to Brickstead Dairy, DenMar Acres, Wiese Bros, and Zirbel Dairy Farms. To minimize disruption to the farm's normal routine, sampling is occurring both Mon/Thurs and Tues/Fri.
 
Results are available by clicking here.  The link above will either download the PDF results OR will bring up the results on your smart phone or other device.
 

May 26, 2020


Click here for the most up to date resources for Managing a Farm During COVID-19.  This link is updated daily and has resources about finances, social distancing, farm continuation, safety, COVID-19 facts, and more. 


Please click on the links below to view past email updates sent by Liz Binversie, Extension Brown County Agriculture Educator:
- CFAP Sign Up Begins Today (May 26, 2020)
- Direct Payments through FSA (CFAP-USDA) (May 21, 2020)
- Direct Payments & Last call for webinar registration (May 20, 2020)
- EIDL/PPP Q&A (May 15, 2020)
- Looking Ahead for Dairy Webinar (May 15, 2020)
- QPR Suicide Prevention Resources (May 14, 2020)
- COVID Posters and Resources for Employees in English and Spanish (May 14, 2020)
- Brown County Orders Continuation of Stay At Home Orders (May 13, 2020)
- What Farmers Need to Know About PPP and EIDL (May 10, 2020)
- EIDL and County Email Down Temporarily (May 6, 2020)
- COVID-19 Testing Sign Up Information (May 5, 2020)
- EIDL Application Instruction Video & Troubleshooting (May 5, 2020)
- URGENT: EIDL open@11am for ag only! Time sensitive updates! (May 4, 2020)
- Lowering Milk Production Resources (May 1, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update - PPP and EIDL (April 25, 2020)
- Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Webinar Recording (April 24, 2020)
- PUA and Coronavirus Assistance Program Update (April 21, 2020)
- Clarification on reopening DMC (April 18, 2020)
- Unemployment Webinar Recording (April 16, 2020)
- USDA Flexibility for Dumped Milk and Marketing Assistance Loans (April 11, 2020)
- Ag Extension Updates (April 10, 2020)
- Paycheck Protection Program (April 4, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update (April 1, 2020)
- COVID-19 Resources for Farms (March 31, 2020)
- Milk Plant Capacity and Other Concerns (March 25, 2020)


COVID-19 Resources:
- CFAP Sign-Up Information
- Coronavirus Food Assistance Act - Program sign up starts May 26, 2020
- Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Webinar Video (click for transcript of video)
- CDC Posters in English & Spanish
- Suicide Prevention Resources for Supporting Farmers
- Legal Obligations for Farms with Employees During COVID-19
- How to Prioritize Debt Payments
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) emergency loans open to farmers starting May 4
- Strategies to Reduce Milk Production
- Considerations for 3x to 2x Milking
- PPP Update 4/25/2020
- Lenders Participating in PPP as of 4/23/2020
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- USDA Will Not Reopen the Dairy Margin Coverage
- Unemployment Benefits for Farms Webinar
- Feeding Unpasteurized Milk to Dairy Cattle Guidelines and Amounts
- Feeding Unpasteurized Milk to Dairy Cattle Online Nutrient Calculator Tool
- Crop Input Resources for Low Margins
- Alternative Forages Webinar Recordings
- Milk Disposal Guidance from DATCP/DNR
- COVID-19 Clarification Email from DNR
- COVID-19: Social Distancing for Farmers
- Meat Establishment Directory
- Dairy Plant Directory
- State Dairy Market Update
- Farm Visitor Check List
- Guidelines for Farm Employers - english language
- Guidelines for Farm Employers - spanish language
- UW Extension Agriculture COVID Response YouTube Channel - Updated Regularly


Lowering Milk Production:  Extension has just released a couple resources for those considering lowering their milk production. There's also an article about ivermectin. Click here for those resources
 

Unemployment Benefits for Farmers/Ranchers affected by COVID-19:  If you own a farm or ranch and are suffering lost or reduced revenue because of COVID-19, unemployment insurance benefits may help provide income during this difficult time. Click here to watch and listen to the full presentation on Facebook.


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): The Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development updated their information and on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs page, the last question addresses farmers. It very specifically says that farmers who are still working who are not affected by COVID-19, other than loss of profits are not eligible.  HOWEVER!! If a farmer gets sick from COVID-19 or they are caring for a family member who has contracted COVID-19 or meet any of these other scenarios, they may be eligible.


Milk Dumping:  Please continue to prepare your farm for these types of scenarios. It doesn't mean you're guaranteed to have the same happen to you, but it's important to have a plan in place. A lot is out of our control but this pre-planning is something that you can do at this time--not just for the possibility of dumped milk but also planning for disruptions in your labor force (which can include you and your spouse) if someone gets sick. 
 
Farm Service Agency is recommending farms keep a record of dumped milk and to sign up for the email list serve by clicking here if you aren't already a part of that.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has asked that if farmers would like to report situations where milk is needing to be dumped, please contact the Farm Center at 1-800-942-2474 or FarmCenter@wisconsin.gov. Any reports received will be kept confidential.


Grocery Store Milk Supply:  If you see a grocery store limiting dairy products, please call the Brenda Murphy, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin at 608-836-8820.


COVID-19: Social Distancing for Farmers:  Governor Ever’s Safer-at-Home declaration includes agriculture as an essential business, meaning that as many of us shelter at home, farmers and agribusiness workers are expected to continue doing their jobs during this pandemic despite the risks. OSHA’s Guidance for Preparing Workplace for COVID-19 technically classifies this sort of work as “Lower Exposure Risk” (p. 20) and has several recommendations consistent with “social distancing” (p. 8-10). This document here explains social distancing for farmers and how to incorporate it into their farm operations with three main points. First, keeping your distance from people you interact with for work. Second, more cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Third, creating a system for service providers coming on to your farm and when you visit business.  Click here for more information.


Animal Waste Management Ordinances:
  Brown County Land and Water Conservation has stated that with the revised Animal Waste Management Ordinance, over flowing of manure storage facilities and discharges to waters of the state are violations of the State of Wisconsin's Agriculture Performance Standards and Animal Waste Prohibitions, and could be subject to citations. Mike Mushinski, Brown County LWCD director, and I recorded these videos before the current COVID-19 pandemic. Videos outline general revisions to the ordinance but nothing specific to the current pandemic.
 
Overview of Changes
Who does this affect?
Support Services
Violations
Full video (compilation of 4 videos)


Meat Processors:  There may be disruptions to the meat processors as well either due to labor issues, decrease in consumer demand, and/or increased volumes of cull animals. If you are having difficulty with processing capacity, please take a look at the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Meat Processing Directory. You may be able to find an alternative if your normal processor is unable to accommodate you.


Private pesticide applicators: Licenses expiring Jan 31-Sept 30, 2020 are extended to Oct 31, 2020 (incl. commercial applicators). For everyone else (new or past due), please contact Liz Binversie to sign up for temporary license via online training. 


Beware of scams: The government will not ask for your banking account or other personal information to issue your stimulus check. If you receive suspicious calls, emails, or even mail about this or anything else, contact Wisconsin's Consumer Protection Hotline first: 800-422-7128 or DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov


Emergency planning: Now's a great time to create/review your plans. Be sure to have protocol in place if someone gets sick. Keep a mental (or written) note of visitors each day. If someone on your farm tests positive, this will help health officials quickly reach anyone who was in contact with them. 


Please watch out for one another: Farmers are among the most likely to die by suicide, compared with other occupations, according to a January study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also found that suicide rates overall had increased by 40% in less than two decades.  If you or someone you know is feeling this way, please remind them: 

  • That feeling of pain, despair, and hopelessness can be overwhelming and can overpower even the strongest of people. There is no weakness is asking for help; it's actually one of the hardest things to do.
  • Please talk to someone. It doesn't have to be a professional. 
  • Remember those that love and care about them and how much they will be missed and what they will miss out on (i.e. graduations, weddings, birthdays, and every day). The person's family is not better off without them, they are better off with them here. 
  • Their community needs them too. They may not realize the importance they have in their community, but I can guarantee they do. 
  • Please do not make a permanent decision for a temporary situation. Sometimes it's easier to talk to someone you don't know, if that's the case, please call:

Brown County Crisis Center Services (24/7)COVID Banner
920-436-8888
 
Wisconsin Farm Center (7:45 am to 4:30 pm)
800-942-2474
Free counseling vouchers are available!!
 
Suicide Hotline
800-273-8255



Contact information during "Safer at Home" order:
Liz Binversie
Extension Brown County
Agriculture Educator
eybinversie@wisc.edu
920-770-2171
http://bit.ly/bcagcovid19

May 22, 2020

While you are spending a little more time at home, this is a great time to get prepared for the Spring growing season!  Remember that Extension Brown County is available to help with any of your Horticulture questions. Our horticulture experts are ready to help to get your 2020 growing season off to the right start! Please use one of the following ways to submit your question:

We are not accepting in-person visits at this time. Please utilize the above options to contact us.

Thank you! 

May 22, 2020

This camp geared towards 4th - 8th graders is an introduction to Urban Horticulture though small scale hydroponic systems. Campers will take a virtual tour of a local hydroponic farm and create a hydroponic micro-farm of their own to grow delicious produce all year long! You will learn the basics of hydroponic systems, plant science, the role water and nutrients, and discuss careers in horticulture.​  Click here for more information!

May 18, 2020

This virtual camp geared towards 4th - 8th graders is an introduction to Urban Horticulture though small scale hydroponic systems. Campers will take a virtual tour of a local hydroponic farm and create a hydroponic micro-farm of their own to grow delicious produce all year long! You will learn the basics of hydroponic systems, plant science, the role water and nutrients, and discuss careers in horticulture.​ 

Camp Dates:  July 30-31; 9-11am

Click here for more information!

May 18, 2020

UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs introduces programs for nonprofit organizations -- research, continuing education and more for nonprofit managers, board members and staff. 

FREE virtual small group conversations for nonprofit leaders on management issues relating to COVID-19 pandemic. You will talk about issues important to you and learn as you support each other.  Offered in collaboration with UW-Madison Extension Brown County, these are lightly facilitated by our faculty with invited subject matter experts sitting in. Participation is free, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. 
 

Thursday, June 4, 9:00am
Opening Up Again after COVID-19
Click here to register

Thursday, June 11, 9:00am
Ethics
Click here to register
 

May 18, 2020
This summer, rent a low-cost community garden plot for your whole family to enjoy! This is a piece of land you can use to plant, grow, and harvest whatever you want. Cut your grocery bill, get more fresh fruits and vegetables, reduce stress, and have fun as a family! Plots are available at locations throughout the county, and more information is available at browncountycommunitygardens.org.

Want to rent a plot? Go to browncountycommunitygardens.org and click "Request a Plot," or call (920) 391-4660 to set up an appointment to register by phone. Questions? Contact browncountycommunitygardens@gmail.com or (920) 391-4660.
May 16, 2020
This growing season, the Green Bay Packers and Brown County Community Gardens are partnering for the fourth year on the Planting for a Purpose Program to encourage community members to plant a garden plot and donate fresh produce to local food pantries.

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.
May 16, 2020

Scientists Live is a virtual presentation series that gives high school aged youth (and interested 8th graders) an opportunity to meet real world scientists and learn a little about a wide variety of science-related careers!  Each scientist gives a 12-minute presentation which is followed by a 10-minute Q & A period.    Presentations are being recorded and will be posted in the weeks ahead for use by teachers, colleagues, and youth during the coming school year and beyond.  A fact sheet/trading card handout featuring each of the scientists will also be posted.  
 
Participation provides a great way for youth to get some quick, yet meaningful exposure to some career paths they may have never even thought of before. Click here to sign-up!
 
Scientists Live is the high school component of the 4-H Science Explorers program--a collaborative effort by Walworth, Crawford, and Lafayette County Extension. 
 

May 13, 2020

If you have questions about participating in the county fair as a 4-H member, you’re not alone. UW-Madison Division of Extension has put together a list of common questions regarding 4-H’s participation in county fairs which may help to provide you some answers. Click here for more information.
 
Questions regarding the status of the Brown County Fair should be directed to Steve Corrigan.
 
Additional Wisconsin 4-H cancellations and notices related to COVID-19 can be reached on the Wisconsin 4-H webpage by clicking here.
 

May 7, 2020

Four VirtualFarm Tours at the Arlington and Lancaster Research Stations  every were recorded.  The tours highlighted the sheep, swine, beef units as well as the farm center and feed mill. Attendees will get the opportunity to view an animal surgery suite, facilities, tractors getting ready or in the fields, baby lambs, baby calves and so much more.  For previous live farm tour recordings, please click here

May 7, 2020
The Neville Public Museum Gift Shop is looking for a part-time sales associate available to work weekends. Applicants must be friendly, computer-savvy, dependable, and 18 years of age or older.
May 1, 2020
There has never been a better time to support your Neville Public Museum, or an easier way to do it! Check out our new Bonfire store where you can select a shirt style or hoodie, design, and colors to best represent your Neville love!
May 1, 2020

Tap the resources of University of Wisconsin-Extension, Brown County.  Extension can provide information, training and direction based on the goals of your organization. After an initial assessment, Extension will develop a flexible class schedule and plan, working with your organization to best determine class location and format to maximize attendance and return.  Click here for more information on how Extension can help your organization. 

Apr. 28, 2020
Join University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators for a series all about memory change and aging, including tips and strategies to lessen everyday forgetfulness. 

All sessions offered 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT.  No cost to participate!

You can register for the series here.

For full information and session descriptions, view the full flyer.
Apr. 27, 2020

Plan now to participate in the State 4-H Plant Science Day event to be held Thursday, July 9th at the Waushara County Fairgrounds in Wautoma. Youth in grades 3-13 can test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a wide variety of plant specimens. Youth can also compete in photography, speaking, poster and floral arranging contests.  Click here for more information.

Apr. 20, 2020

Did you miss any of the Photography 101 series that Brown County 4-H held via Zoom? All of the videos are now available on our YouTube channel!  Each session is available by clicking on the names below.

Learn Your Camera Settings
Basic Composition
Intermediate Composition

Apr. 16, 2020

Art Club is a youth-led all-ages space for young people to share their art work, chat, and meet new friends. We'll meet every Sunday at 2:00 pm virtually.

To join, simply complete the registration form (https://bit.ly/Register4ArtClub) and we'll send you this week's meeting link.

All youth are welcome, so share with your friends!
 

Apr. 15, 2020

From The Lorax we will see,
The effects of the trees.
How they clean,
What they make,
Where they grow,
What’s at stake.


Bring the adventures of Dr. Seuss’s book The Lorax to life! You’ll explore the story through games and projects while learning about the effects of pollution and the importance of trees. Plant a Dr. Seuss inspired garden to take home! 

This camp is presented by the Green Bay Botanical Garden and 4-H members are eligible for a special discounted price!  If you are interested in registering and are a 4-H member, email alyssa.zirbel@wisc.edu before you register for the discount code. 

July 13–16 | 9:30 am–12 pm daily
Ages 8–11
Register by July 6 by clicking here 

Apr. 15, 2020

During this time of COVID-19 and online learning, please click here to be redirected to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program webpage for a number of resources that can be used to “keep” you busy.  Additionally, they can serve as “county educational requirements.”  This is an evolving list so check back for updates. 

Apr. 14, 2020

To support the growing food truck and food cart industry through the COVID-19 emergency, UW-Madison, Division of Extension has developed a comprehensive resource designed to help business owners implement best practices in food safety, identify new business opportunities, and utilize resources such as grants, loans, and childcare support.  Please click here to access this guide.
 

Apr. 13, 2020
If you are unsure of how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your business or paycheck, this U.S. Department of Labor website is a great resource for information.
Apr. 9, 2020
With COVID-19 spreading throughout Wisconsin communities, it is important to consider all measures of protecting yourself from exposure to the virus. This includes food safety. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration website has a wealth of information about food safety during this pandemic, ranging from the food supply, maintaining social distancing within the food industry, and the safety of food industry workers.

View the website here.
Apr. 9, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down schools across the nation, many parents are concerned about keeping their children active without the help of physical education (PE) classes.

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.
 
Apr. 9, 2020

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!

Apr. 6, 2020

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

Mar. 31, 2020

Keep your brain busy during COVID-19.  Click here to download a Groundwater Crossword Puzzle.  Learn terms related to groundwater and be sure to check out the fact sheet on the second page that details the new terms you learned. 

Mar. 31, 2020
You hate to let a temporary financial setback impact your good standing with your creditors and lower your credit score for years to come. If you find that money is tight and you won't be able to keep up with bills, take action right away. 

Find the full article here.
Mar. 31, 2020
There is little doubt that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives—from virtual classrooms to telecommuting to early restaurant closing times to outright quarantines. Observing public health measures and reducing exposure to the virus are required to slow the spread of this disease. No one knows how long these virus safety measures will need to stay in place, but it presents a perfect time to protect and improve your health while practicing social distancing. Healthy eating is especially important for keeping your immune system in top condition. Click here for some steps you can take to eat healthy in the times of COVID.
Mar. 31, 2020
The University of Madison Division of Extension and Brown County are closely following news and updates concerning COVID-19. Following local and state guidelines for social distancing, FoodWIse Brown County has postponed education events until further notice. 

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 and Twitter. Make sure to like, follow, and tag us in any challenge photos you post!

Stay safe and healthy!
Mar. 31, 2020
With 40 U.S. states now closing public schools to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parents have had little to no time to plan for keeping their children at home 24/7. Suddenly, and in some cases overnight, families are figuring out how to live, learn and work - together and separately - all under one roof. This article offers tips for learning and working from home! 

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.
Mar. 31, 2020

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. 

Mar. 30, 2020

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!

 

Mar. 30, 2020

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

Mar. 30, 2020

Extension has resources available at your fingertips to help families throughout these trying times.  Parenting tips, fun activities, how to connect with eachother and much more.  Click here to utilize these resources

Mar. 30, 2020
The Brown County Community Gardens Program is offering garden plot registration online and by phone beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15. Community members can submit an application to rent a plot at browncountycommunitygardens.org or by calling 920-391-4660. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and include a nominal fee.

View the full press release here.
Mar. 28, 2020

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
Extension Brown County Horticulture
Extension Brown County Agriculture
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
Agriculture News
Horticulture News

Social distancing does not mean social disconnect.  Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!

Extension Brown County
920-391-4610
extension@browncountywi.gov
www.browncountyextension.org

Mar. 27, 2020

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.

Mar. 26, 2020

Media Contact:
Margaret Franchino
Brown County Community Gardens Program
margaret.franchino@browncountywi.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brown County Community Gardens Program Registration Open to Public

Green Bay, WI—April 7—The Brown County Community Gardens Program is offering garden plot registration online and by phone beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15. Community members can submit an application to rent a plot at browncountycommunitygardens.org or by calling 920-391-4660. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and include a nominal fee.

The program offers nearly 400 rental community garden plots at 12 locations throughout Brown County. Community members rent plots for $10 to $45 for the growing season, and use the space to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. The program provides the land and water and renters can plant, care for, and harvest their own plots.

In addition to increased access to fresh produce, participants report mental and physical health benefits and increased community connections, and also help to promote environmental sustainability, among other benefits. Gardeners, including many immigrants and refugees, also use their plots as a way to maintain cultural traditions and access diverse foods not readily available at grocery stores.

Having access to gardening space can also be especially beneficial given the COVID-19 health crisis. "With the added stress we are going through now, I can't wait to get into my garden knowing how much it helps my mental health and is something healthy to do for my family," says gardener Beth Stockbridge.

In the past, garden plot registration has been conducted by in-person events. The process has gone online, and is available by phone due to the Stay At Home order issued by Gov. Tony Evers.

"It is restorative to get outside, play in the dirt, and witness the miracle of going from a tiny seed to food you can provide for your family. Even if you have no experience, we old hands are happy to share the excitement of gardening," says longtime gardener and board member Dee Ann Sanders.

The Community Gardens Program is jointly funded by Brown County and the City of Green Bay and is also made possible by countless community partners and supporters.

The application form will be available in Spanish and English at browncountycommunitygardens.org. Interpreters are available by appointment for phone registration. For more information about the Community Gardens Program, please visit browncountycommunitygardens.org.

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Mar. 25, 2020

Free Online: Mindfulness Class for Kids!
Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10am PDT / 1pm EDT

For the next few weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering free mindfulness classes for kids! Join us online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and let’s have fun exploring mindfulness together.  Click here for more information.

Mar. 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update Confirmed Case in Brown County
Click here to review the entire press release
 
Mar. 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Confirmed Cases in Brown County
Click here to read the entire press release.
Mar. 19, 2020

“Eggstronauts” are stranded on the moon’s surface, and we need your help to rescue them and bring them safely back to earth!  Join Extension Brown County and the Neville Public Museum to bring the eggstronauts home safely! Using robots to search the moon, building heat shields for re-entry, and designing landing vehicles are tasks that we are seeking hands-on help. 

There are three separate missions offered this summer and missions are limited to 20 participants per session.  Register now!  Our STEM programs have been filling up fast. 

Please click here for more information and to register.

Mar. 14, 2020
March 2020 Happenings has upcoming events, local weather watch signup, spring Horticulture classes and news from Community Gardens and FoodWIse. Click here to view the full newsletter!
Mar. 13, 2020
Stay up-to-date on the latest health issues in Brown County! Check out current Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and information at www.stayhealthybc.com 
Mar. 4, 2020
How heavy was the rainfall overnight? How much snow fell during the latest snowstorm? How bad is the drought this year? Join over 500 fellow volunteers across Wisconsin who report precipitation online to ensure measurements of snow, rain and hail is available for your area.

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network or CoCoRaHS is recruiting volunteer weather observers to help the National Weather Service and others determine the impact and severity of each storm.

Everyone can participate – young, old, and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can impact our lives.

All you need to do is sign-up, attend an online training, and then you are ready to start measuring weather in your own backyard. Volunteers can measure:
  • snow using a yardstick or homemade snowboard
  • rainfall and the water content of snow using a 4” diameter rain gauge
  • hail using a ruler or homemade hail pad
  • ice accretion using a ruler
You’ll be amazed at what you learn as you become more aware of the variable weather that impacts you, your neighbors, your state and our entire country. Plus, you’ll help ground truth weather events, providing valuable information for improving weather forecasting models. The data you provide will help shape forecasts of river stages and flood levels on local rivers and can help inform National Weather Service thunderstorm or flash flood warnings just to name a few examples.

Sunday, March 1, 2020 marked the beginning of CoCoRaHS March Madness campaign. The campaign is a nationwide competition between states to see who can recruit the most volunteer weather observers. Last year, Wisconsin ranked sixth out of all 50 states and this year we are aiming to increase our ranking and beat our neighbors in the Gopher State!

Join your fellow Wisconsinites who report rainfall, snow fall and weather facts. Register today and help us beat Minnesota in this year’s CoCoRaHS March Madness.

You can find information and register here!
Mar. 3, 2020
We at Neville Public Museum care deeply about making the history, science, and art we share with you, our community, and visitors, meaningful. 
Feb. 28, 2020
Give BIG Green Bay was an amazing experience for us, and your support means the world to our office. Both through your contributions and your sharing of our messages went a long ways in helping us receive over $9,000 in total contributions from donors. We are still waiting to find out how much we are receiving in matching incentives, but no matter what, those raised funds will go a long ways for us to be able to grow some of our existing programming and expand our programming into new areas in the county while making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in     4-H programs.
 
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
 
Feb. 20, 2020
The Volunteer Center of Brown County named the volunteers at the Brown County Library's Children's Edible Garden as their volunteers of the week.  Members from N.E.W. Master Gardeners Association volunteer their time and energy to creating a garden full of edibles children and their families can enjoy.  Staff from the library conduct food education classes and other garden events for the children during the growing season.  Any extra produce that isn't picked by the children for their own use is donated to local food pantries.  Read more about the Children's Edible Garden and Master Gardeners here.   
Jan. 27, 2020
January 2020 Happenings has an introduction to new staff; a list of the Horticulture Classes;  a link to purchase Taste of WI tickets, and more!  Click to view.
Jan. 3, 2020
Cheryl Berken, Brown County Register of Deeds, announces that it will soon be easier to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate. Starting January 2, 2020, individuals married in any Wisconsin County will be able to come to the Brown County Register of Deeds office to obtain their marriage certificate.
 
“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. 
 
Jan. 2, 2020
Students from Syble Hopp School joined Brown County Executive, County employees and Santa Claus this year for Christmas tree decorating and caroling at the annual Deck the Halls event.  A good time was had by all!  
 
Dec. 12, 2019
Happy Valley 4-H club coordinated a countywide effort to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs. Beginning in the spring of 2019, the club began a drive for all Brown County 4-H clubs to collect the small tabs from aluminum cans. Clubs brought their pop tabs to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center for a weigh-in on Saturday, October 5th.

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 bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com.
Nov. 21, 2019
Master Gardener Volunteers (N.E.W. Master Gardeners) from the Locktender's House Native Planting Project in De Pere were presented with an award by the De Pere Beautification Committee at the De Pere City Council meeting. Attached is a picture of the volunteers along with De Pere Mayor, Mike Walsh, after receiving the award.
Nov. 21, 2019
Brown County has officially launched their new website and domain (www.browncountywi.gov).  The move to a .gov was strategic for the county.  Leveraging the .gov domain for its security, integrity and digital optimization were primary objectives for Brown County. 

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.).
It will take a couple of weeks to finalize all the information and links that are offered on the Brown County website, but the added ease and versatility of the new site highlights Brown County’s digital focus and ease of use for the visitor.
Nov. 12, 2019
In recognition of our veterans' service and in honor of Veterans' Day, many local community organizations and businesses are offering free admission and discounts.  You can find out more by visiting each of the social media sites on Brown County's social media links page (see Neville Museum & NEW Zoo)

View our list of some of the activities happening today and this week.
Nov. 11, 2019
Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, along with officials representing the Brown County STEM Innovation Center partners, officially celebrated the opening of the 63,730 square foot facility on Thursday.

“This day represents the realization of my long-term vision to secure our region’s manufacturing future,” says Streckenbach. “The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will help create long-term, family-supporting jobs in order to achieve improved economic development for years to come, while ensuring all our students have opportunities to become tomorrow’s innovators.”

The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will serve as the home of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, which will address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap of qualified employees to support manufacturing growth and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the space will enable the co-location of The Einstein Project, Extension Brown County and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments.
Nov. 5, 2019
Brown County now gives you the option to receive text messages for "CodeRED" alerts! 

Text "BrownCountyWI" to 99411 to enroll! 
Sept. 12, 2019
The Brown County Arena's maple flooring has brought new life to a local school's gym.  The flooring, donated by Brown County, has been recycled and is now a "new" maple hardwood gym floor at a local school where student athletes use it for a variety of games, matches, classes and other activities. 

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Sept. 6, 2019
The Brown County Fair offers a free all day admission for Military and Veterans, along with one Guest.  Honoring Peacetime and Non-Combat Veterans on Sunday, August 18, 2019. 

Visit the Brown County Fair's website for more details and information!
Aug. 14, 2019
Green Bay, Wis (WBAY) -- Plans are moving forward to operate the drawbridges in downtown Green Bay more efficiently -

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Aug. 13, 2019