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NOTICE — 

  • Public access to Door County buildings and facilities is restricted. 
  • Access to Door County departments will be limited to by appointment-only. Visitors must follow all required health and safety measures. This includes physical distancing (keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others) and wearing face coverings (cover your mouth and nose with a mask).
  • Staff tele-work options will be expanded.

Staff will be available by phone and email. 


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Extension Door County
University of Wisconsin-Madison
County Government Center
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-2260 / Fax: 920-746-2531
Office Hours:  M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm

NOTICE:   Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies, our office will have limited availability and access. Our staff are working remotely and many of our events have been postponed or being offered virtually. Call 920-746-2260 for more information. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  

 


DIVISION OF EXTENSION – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

 


Wise Wisconsin Winter Series  flyer

UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Life Span program presents Wise Wisconsin Winter Series. Life Span Educators from around to state will host sessions on topics that will help you increase joy and satisfaction in your life and help you connect with others during the cold, snowy winter months. Grab a hot beverage of your choice and join us!


 

2021 GREEN THUMB GARDENING WINTER SERIES

Sponsored by Extension-Dane County

Green Thumb Gardening on-line series.  This series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving.

  • Mondays, January 11-March 1, 2021
    6:00-8:00 pm
    Cost:  $12.00/class or $70.00 for the series
  • Visit the Extension-Dane County site for more information and registration – more information

“Home Owner’s Guide to Pesticide Safety”

 


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PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION

Intended for persons requiring certification or re-certification in order to apply restricted-use pesticides.  A private applicator is a person applying pesticides to produce an agricultural product (including forestry, nursery or greenhouse) on land owned or rented by the person or the person’s employer. Required for private applicators who apply restricted use pesticides. Examples of private applicators include a farmer applying pesticides to his crops on his owned or rented land or an employee of that farmer doing the same; greenhouse or nursery workers making pesticide applications on the land or in the greenhouses of their employer.

UPDATE — 11/30/20

Due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is extending current pesticide applicator certifications until December 31, 2021. Private and commercial pesticide applicators with certifications that expire January 31, 2020-November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021.
If you are not sure when your certification expires, please call or visit this website.

If you live in Door County and have questions, call 920-746-2260.


 

Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT)

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced that the State of Wisconsin will be giving certification extensions for those certifications that have expired.  Private and commercial pesticide applicators with certifications that expire January 31, 2020-November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021.

This extension will expire on December 31, 2021.

This includes private applicators and the commercial applicators who received the temporary certifications with T numbers.  Those who have already tested in-person with DATCP – DO NOT have to test again.  See DATCP’s official response.  [ Link  ]

 

Testing Options for Private Applicator Pesticide Certification

New Applicators and those Seeking New Categories

♦  An online test will be made available for applicators seeking new certifications and/or new categories.  This online test will provide a TEMPORARY CERTIFICATION that will expire on December 31, 2021.

♦  Private applicators may still TEST in-person at the Extension Door County office. The in-person testing will qualify for a full FIVE-YEAR CERTIFICATION. Must call ahead to schedule a time!

Some information about the ONLINE TEST:

  • To register for an online test, go to the UW PAT Store.  Select the category you want to get certified in.  If a test is available, it will be posted with a link to register.  Private Applicators scroll down to “Private Applicator Training” and select the category you need.
  • Multiple applicators cannot be registered under one email address.  Email addresses are the new electronic identifier; they must be unique to the individual.
  • Applicators will have to select a time slot to take the test when registering. Tests can be taken at any time in the time slot selected.
  • Once registered, applicators will receive an email with a simple link and password a day or two before the time slot starts.  Links work only once.
  • Scores will be provided at the completion of the test.  Credentials will be emailed out to the email address entered in the test after the time slot has expired.
  • You will have to enter your 6-digit PAT Number (comes with training materials) into the registration and test, but you will also have to enter your certification number if you have one.  If you do not have a certification number, you must either call DATCP (608-224-4548) or mail in this form to provide your SSN before credentials can be sent.
  • Retakes will have to register for the next time slot.  Four attempts will be accepted by DATCP.
  • Registering with an incorrect email or deleting the invitation email may mean registration in the next time slot.

For a full FIVE-YEAR CERTIFICATION, you will need to take the exam in person at an Extension office, or for TEMPORARY CERTIFCATION you may test online at the PAT Store.

 

Online Training Option for Private Applicator Pesticide Certification

Extension Door County will not be offering in-person training in 2021.

If you plan on using restricted use pesticides in your fields, you must be certified in Wisconsin.

Farmers needing certification to apply pesticides in 2021 will have an online option for their pesticide safety training. Applicators can do the online training instead of attending an in-person training. There will not be an in-person training scheduled at Door County. Attending this online training from the comfort of your home will be like going to a training session in person. You will need a computer and good internet connection. The online training will present the same information as the County Extension in-person training.

Online training or self-study is the only option available at Door County at this time.

  • Participant still must purchase the manual, or have previously purchased this manual: General Farming Manual, Private Category 100/101, Eighth Edition.
  • Attending in-person or online training is not mandatory, there is always the self-study option.
  • The online training option cost is $10.00.

 

For a full FIVE-YEAR CERTIFICATION, you will need to take the exam in person at an Extension office, or for TEMPORARY CERTIFCATION you may test online at the PAT Store.

The online training sessions are scheduled for the first two weeks of every month from December 2020 to May 2021 (the 1st to the 14th of the month). When you register for one of the sessions, you can take the training at any time during that two-week period. Please block approximately 4 hours to complete the training.  Attendance is mandatory, meaning once you start the training you will have to complete it in one session. Two 15-minute breaks are built into the training.

  • TO REGISTER FOR ONLINE TRAINING:  Go to the UW PAT Store. [ https://patstore.wisc.edu/secure/browse_cat.asp?category_id=30 ].
    •  Select General Farming 100/101.
    •  Online training cost is $10.00.
  • Participant will be emailed a link and password to the training to gain access to the training.
  • To assure attendance, code words are provided in the training that you must enter at the end to be marked as complete.

Once you complete the online training you will be emailed a receipt of completion that you must show to the County Extension exam proctor when you take the exam. The code words must be correct to take advantage of the reduced grade (50% passing score), otherwise you will be marked as a self-study test (70% passing score). Certification exams will take place at the Extension Door County office.

  • Cell phones must be turned off during testingso please bring a pocket calculator for the exam.

**Wisconsin now requires that any person taking a certification exam must provide positive identification (a driver’s license is most common) and know their social security number.  You must bring this identification to the testing.  Other acceptable forms of ID are: 

  1. A photo ID
  2. Birth Certificate plus another form of ID
  3. Social Security Number

If you have questions, please call the Extension Door County office at 920-746-2260.

REVIEW: 
To take the online training, participants will have to register at the UW PAT Store –

https://patstore.wisc.edu/secure/browse_cat.asp?category_id=30 ].  It will cost $10/participant.

  • Participants will have 14 days to access the course. From the 1st to the 14th of the month you select. December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, April 2021, and May 2021. Participants can access it any time in that 2-week period.
  • Participants must complete the training from beginning to end.  Leaving during the training (excluding two 15-minute breaks) will be marked incomplete.  Block 4 hours to take the training.
  • There are code words in the training that the participant will have to enter at the end of the training to assure they were attending.
  • There are two 15-minute breaks.
  • At completion of training, participant will receive a receipt.  Print receiptParticipant must show this receipt to the exam proctor at the County Extension office as “attended a training”.
  • Identify the correct code words for the time frame/month you have registered.  The receipt will be dated and the three (3) code words will be different for each month.  If incorrect, then participant will be coded on the test as self-study.
  • Call Extension Door County at 920-746-2260 to schedule an exam time.

Please call the Extension office with any questions! Thank you.

 


SOIL SAMPLING – HOMEOWNERS

One of the first steps to having a successful lawn or garden is having your soil tested. A soil test provides more information about the nutrient status of your soil, pH level, organic matter content and texture. The test report also suggests various soil management practices to improve the fertility of the soil for a given crop. 

Follow these steps to properly submit your soil sample:

  • Request a “soil sample kit” from AgSource Laboratories.   Follow the directions to test and mail your sample to the lab.
  • Properly sample your soil; a total of 1-2 cups of soil is required for testing. More information on soil testing.
  • You may visit us at the Extension Office to drop off your soil.  We are located on the second floor of the Government Center on Nebraska Street.  Our office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm.  Please call before you come in to make sure someone is available to take your sample.
  • Cost per sample depends on which test(s) you want the lab to perform.  Soil sample submission form
  • If you have questions, please call 920-746-2260.

 



2021 CENTURY AND SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM AND HOME AWARD  … more information

 



RESOURCES – Dealing with the effects of Covid-19:

 

 


 


 

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Master Gardening is for everyone.  In Wisconsin, Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension county staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. This site can help you learn about becoming a Master Gardener, find information about horticultural topics, and connect to the statewide network of Master Gardener associations.

DOOR COUNTY MASTER GARDENER TRAINING CLASSES:

For information on the training class, please visit the Door County MG website:  http://www.dcmga.org/become-a-mg.html

Learn more about:
Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin
Door County Master Gardeners
Door County Seed Library

 


PENINSULAR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH STATION Website

Phone:  920-743-5406