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May 7, 2004

UW-River Falls Offers Sustainable Ag Mini-Courses

UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies will offer three one-day mini-courses focusing on sustainable agriculture including soils, biodiversity, and environmental health in May, June and July.

Taught by UW-RF agronomy Professor Bill Anderson, the courses offer opportunities for participants to hear diverse perspectives and to engage in activities to help them understand and appreciate the issues associated with sustainability.

Participants will examine sustainable agricultural practices such as integrated pest management and discuss current, emerging, and controversial issues such as genetically engineered plants and animals.

The courses will also offer evaluations of different crop nutrient sources and systems. The courses are designed to meet the needs of farmers and practitioners interested in using sustainable agricultural practices, consultants, Extension staff, community members, and agriculture or science teachers.

"Sustaining Our Soils" will meet on Saturday, May 29; "Sustaining Biodiversity" will meet on Saturday, June 19; and "Sustaining Environmental Health" will be Saturday, July 10. All courses are 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Class participants will begin the day on the UW-River Falls campus and then travel to the University's Mann Valley laboratory farm or a local farm.

The cost for participants not seeking university credit is $89 for each course. Those seeking university credit will pay graduate or undergraduate tuition and earn 0.5 credits per course.

For information on registration and tuition, visit the Outreach and Graduate Studies Web site at and go to the outreach courses offered by the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, or contact Kristen Allen, at 715-425-3751 or at


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