ARC or PLC Decision Making Webinar
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

10:30-11:30 a.m.

A free webinar to assist WI producers decide between the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program by the March 15th signup deadline.  This voluntary program provides payments to farms when either revenue or crop price are below set guarantees.  The decision is made on a crop by crop basis at the county level. 

This free event is cooperatively sponsored by the WI USDA-Farm Service Agency office and UW-Madison, Division of Extension.  Dr. Paul Mitchell, Director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute and Cropping Systems Economics Extension Specialist, will be the featured presenter.

Dr. Mitchell will share the information and decision-making tools that are available to producers as they analyze this decision for their farms.  He will showcase the current projections for 2021 and what this likely leads to being the correct ARC vs. PLC decision for WI farms.  Zak Werner; CED for Brown, Door, & Manitowoc Counties; will represent FSA and discuss program logistics as well as give producers pointers regarding the sign-up process in 2021.

Location:  Statewide

Audience:  Adults

Cost:  Free

Registration Required:  Yes

Event Type:  Virtual/Online

Topic:  Farm Management

Contact Name:  Scott Reuss

Contact Email:

Contact Phone:  715-732-7510




CAFO UPDATE SERIES – February 2-5  more information and registration



SOYBEANS AND SOIL HEALTH   more information




The Midwest Manure Summit is geared towards progressive dairy managers and owners, consultants, service providers, custom manure haulers, educators, dairy nutritionists, farm management professionals, engineering consultants, and agency staff.


2021 Agronomy Day – Eastern Wisconsin    

Online via Zoom
Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

No cost to attend. An email with the Zoom link will be sent to those registered the morning of the program on February 25th.  For more information, contact Extension-Sheboygan County at 920-459-5904.




10:00-11:00 AM
2nd Monday of each month … beginning November 9, 2020 through March 8, 2021
No charge … registration required:    register for series



Join the webinars to learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to farm management resources. Sessions begin December 2020 and run through April 2021.



The impact of COVID-19 and opportunities for Wisconsin agribusinesses are topics for the upcoming Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 26. The forum features both academic and industry leaders and is sponsored by the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Division of Extension, Office of University Relations, and several organizations and associations.

The 2021 forum, organized by UW–Madison’s Renk Agribusiness Institute, will be live–streamed on the Institute’s YouTube page and will run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This year’s program will cover the situation and outlook for dairy, corn and soybeans, livestock and meat, and farm income in Wisconsin. For each agricultural industry, sessions will include brief information about economic trends and forecasts, as well as a forward-looking panel discussion featuring agricultural industry members about the impacts on—and opportunities for—the food processing and manufacturing sector caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Updates on the Dairy Innovation Hub (DIH) and the new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery building will also be provided.

One week prior to the forum, a video presentation for each primary agricultural industry will be made available on the Renk Agribusiness Institute website for advanced viewing. Then on the morning of the forum, each speaker will give a brief summary of their presentation followed by a longer discussion with the full panel. During this time, attendees will be able to submit questions for panelists to answer.

Forum registration is free and is open now through January 25. To register and view the agenda, visit:

For questions, contact Jeremy Beach at or (608) 262-9485.




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.

    •  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.

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



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If you have any questions regarding Agriculture, Soils or Crops in Door County, please contact:


UW-Madison Division of Extension Door County
County Government Center
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-2263 /   Fax: 920-746-2531
Office Hours: M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm