Welcome to the UW Madison Department of Horticulture where our mission has been defined as the following:  “Through innovative programs in teaching,research, and extension we equip plant professionals and community members with the knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens and good stewards of the environment”

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  • Breeding programs released improved cultivars of potato, carrot, table beet, onion
  • Research on calcium nutrition led to development of practical means to improve potato tuber internal quality
  • Research on natural lipid LPE shows potential for environmentally safe means to promote shelf life of fruits, flowers and vegetables
  • Non-chemical weed management strategies developed in organic processing vegetable production
  • Improved integrated pest management in cranberry and vegetable crops
  • Sustainability assessment programs at whole-farm level developed expanding Healthy Grown Potato program into Healthy Farms program.
  • Developed Field to Foodbank model creating systems to capture excess vegetablel production for distribution to foodbanks
  • Leading Central Sands Water Initiative to protect water resources while retaining vital agricultural industry



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