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UW–Madison Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase set for Aug. 22

A selection of vegetables representing organic plant breeding efforts at UW–Madison CALS. Photo by Sevie Kenyon/UW–Madison CALS.

The University of Wisconsin­–Madison Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase will be held on Aug. 22 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, located at 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, Wisconsin. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will see new vegetable varieties bred for better flavor, disease resistance and productivity in Northern climates, as well as projects related to season extension, reduced-tillage vegetable production and more. The field day will cover a diverse array of vegetables, including beets, carrots, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, melons, cucumbers and winter squash.

UW researchers, seed company representatives and independent vegetable breeders will be on hand to share information and answer questions. Programs represented include the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative, vegetable breeding programs and organic vegetable research projects at UW–Madison, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, several seed companies, independent breeders, and the Organic Seed Alliance.

For more information, contact Julie Dawson at dawson@hort.wisc.edu.

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