WEI in the News: May Media Mentions

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Media coverage of WEI this month focused on solving the issue of water contamination, creating yeast that is more equipped to produce biofuels, and employing more sustainable methods of agriculture. 

Environmental expert warns PFAS spread in Rhinelander could be miles away from source

RHINELANDER - Last year, two Rhinelander wells were shut down because of PFAS contamination. The Water Action Team Rhinelander, or WATR, held a virtual forum on the issue Tuesday.

Dr. James Tinjum spoke about the unique challenges from PFAS chemicals. He said it comes in miniscule quantities, making it very difficult to extract.

New App Helps Wisconsin Farmers, Researchers Track Wild Bee Populations

new smartphone app from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is helping the state's fruit and vegetable growers understand bee populations on their farm.

Claudio Gratton, UW-Madison entomology professor, said his lab created the WiBee app after hearing from farmers who were uncertain about the prevalence of wild bees on their land.

Six yeast species hybrids combine useful traits, potential powerful applications in bioenergy

GLBRC researchers at UW–Madison developed a method to combine traits from up to six different yeast species in a single hybrid strain — a yeast that could carry more tools for a specific job, such as producing biofuels.

Can grazing cut costs in challenged economy?

PORTAGE – As farmers continue to face challenges due to record low pay prices and markets for milk and meat, producers are also seeking ways to cut the costs of production.

“We need to get back to a dominant system that improves the sustainability of agriculture,” said Randy Jackson, head of the Grassland 2.0 project at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Building A More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Dairy Industry

Many of us enjoy the products of dairy farming — from a cold glass of milk to burgers on the grill. But what about the other products we don’t think about, like the waste? We talk with two experts working to find ways to use some of these dairy industry waste products for good.