Two new projects focused on responding to natural disasters and protecting water quality in rural Wisconsin received funding through the Wisconsin Rural Partnerships Institute at UW–Madison. Each project fosters collaborations between interdisciplinary teams of university scientists, local non-profit organizations, elected officials, farmers, business owners and other neighbor groups.

This is the second round of projects funded by the Wisconsin Rural Partnerships Institute, which receives funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Four earlier projects focused on rural livability, student mental health, Indigenous food systems and rural community health services were announced in 2023.

“These projects exemplify the Wisconsin Idea,” says Doug Reinemann, associate dean for extension and outreach in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW–Madison, “Internationally recognized experts in climate science, environmental protection, agricultural practices and other disciplines will join forces with local experts to collaboratively develop solutions that will benefit rural communities.”

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