UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Agricultural Projects

Wisconsin Walleye: 2015 Walleye Marketing Survey and Fingerling Walleye Survey (18/December 2015)

The goals of the Wisconsin Walleye Surveys were to help assess the market for Wisconsin farm-raised walleye using new technologies.  The study included two separate surveys, the Wisconsin Walleye Marketing Survey and the Wisconsin Fingerling Walleye Survey.

Waste Agricultural and Film Plastic Survey, Wisconsin, 2015 (10/June 2015)

The primary purpose of this study was to gain a greater understanding of the volume, frequency, and current disposal methods of agricultural and boat wrap plastic in the State of Wisconsin in order to attract and retain plastic recycling facilities. The study was organized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), the Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) of the University of Wisconsin–Extension, and Organic Valley Cooperative. Financial support was provided by SHWEC, Organic Valley Cooperative, and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company.

Trempealeau County Conservation Survey Report (4/March 2014) 

The purpose of this study was to gather information and opinions about conservation issues from Trempealeau County farmland owners.

Eau Claire County Farmland Preservation Survey Report, 2013 (5/March 2013)

The purpose of this study was to gather opinions with respect to farmland preservation and agricultural issues in Eau Claire County.  Eau Claire County officials identified two populations to include in the survey: agricultural stakeholders (farm operators and persons involved in businesses related to agriculture) and rural residents (households outside of the cities of Eau Claire and Altoona). The questionnaires for these two populations were very similar.  The primary difference was the addition of several questions on the agriculture stakeholder version.

Summary of 2013 Barron County Farm Technology Days Survey (23/September 2013)

Summary of the data gathered during the three-day run (July 9 – 11, 2013) of the Barron County Farm Technology Days (FTD).  In cases in which comparable questions were asked, data from Barron County is compared to data from the 2010 Pierce County FTD.  

Marathon County Farmland Preservation Survey Report (17/July 2013)

The purpose of this study was to gather opinions with respect to farmland preservation and agricultural issues in Marathon County.  County officials identified two populations to include in the survey: agricultural stakeholders and the general public. The questionnaires for these two populations were very similar.  The primary difference was the addition of several questions on the agriculture stakeholder version.

Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Short Course Evaluation, 2013 (9/May 2013)

This study was developed to evaluate the outcomes of the 2013 Landscape and Grounds Short Course sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension in three southeast Wisconsin locations.  Participants in the short course sessions were asked to complete a short questionnaire to rate their knowledge on each topic before the short course and after the short course.  Answer choices were Poor, Fair, Good, and Excellent.At the end of their last session attended, registrants were given a separate questionnaire to provide overall feedback on the short course.


Polk County Farmland Preservation Survey Report, 2012 (23/December 2012)

The purpose of this study was to gather opinions from agricultural stakeholders with respect to farmland preservation and agricultural issues in Polk County.

Reedsburg Fermentation Fest Farm/Art Dtour Event:  Survey Summary (2/January 2012)

In October 2011, Reedsburg, Wisconsin held its' annual Fermentation Fest.  A component of the event in 2011 was a 50-mile tour (Dtour) through Sauk County of art installations, artist-built roadside culture stands, rural culture education sites, and pasture performances. To evaluate the impact of this event, the Survey Research Center (SRC) contacted Dtour participants (audience, artists, performers, landowners, and businesses) by email and mail in November and December 2011 and invited them to participate in a survey.   Four surveys were created based on a participant's role in the Dtour.   Information from the surveys are expected to provide feedback on the 2011 Dtour and guide future Dtour planning. 

Dairy Safety Survey (8/May 2012)

This survey was designed to gather information about the safety practices of members of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) and their interest in professional development opportunities with respect to safety on dairy farms.

Wisconsin Quality Pork Business Survey Results Report (10/May 2011)

Bill Gnatzig, Steve Bach, and Lynn Harrison opted to work with the SRC to implement their Agriculture Development and Diversification project on improving the supply of quality hogs to Wisconsin's meat processors.  In the first part of this study, the SRC surveyed members of the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors (WAMP) and other, non-WAMP meat processors, about key hog supply issues they face.  In a second part of the study, the SRC conducted two phone conferences with six processors from around the state.

Countywide Farmland Preservation and Park and Open Space Planning Public Opinion Survey of Ozaukee County Residents (22/December 2010)

The purpose of this study was to gather opinions from Ozaukee County residents concerning issues related to: farmland preservation, parks, recreation, natural areas, and open space preservation issues in the County.

UW-Extension Feeder Cattle Workshops Evaluation Report (32/ December 2009)

The UW-Extension Feeder Cattle Workshops Evaluation was designed to help guide future research and educational programming associated with feeder cattle management.

St. Croix County Farmland Preservation Survey Report (18/October 2010)

The purpose of this study was to gather opinions from farmers, farmland owners, and agri-business owners/managers about farmland preservation and agricultural issues in St. Croix County.

Pierce County Farm Technology Days 2010:  Economic Impact Report (16/August 2010)

The primary purposes of this survey were to:

  1. Gather information with which to estimate the economic impact of the Farm Technology Days (FTD) event on the economies of Pierce and St. Croix Counties,
  2. Discover what aspects of FTD were most frequently visited and found to be useful and interesting.

Wisconsin Winery/Cidery Survey (26/November 2008)

The survey sought information from producers of mead, wine made from grapes, and cider from apples, pears, and other fruit. The goal of the survey was to gather information about production, revenues, costs, and visitors at wineries and cideries in the state.

Wisconsin State Horse Council General Population Survey and Horse Owners' Survey Report (5/March 2008)

The goal of the General Population Survey was to estimate the number of households in the state that own at least one horse. The Horse Owners' Survey was designed to assess the economic impact horse owners have on the State's economy.

2006 Farmer Investment Survey (2006)

Surveys were sent out to Wisconsin farmers who had completed the 2004 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey attempts to understand how, why, and where Wisconsin farmers, as a group, are investing off the farm....(and) what sort of educational programs would help producers to set goals and invest more effectively.

Somali Goat Meat Preference Survey (3/January 2005)

A survey of Somali residents in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area to assess their goat meat consumption preferences.