University of Wisconsin Extension Programs

The strong Wisconsin Idea tradition rests on the fact that our University of Wisconsin extends to the furthest reaches of the state and beyond. The Wisconsin Idea connects people and communities to the university and its resources. While every member of the faculty has responsibilities for outreach, several members of the Department hold joint appointments with the University of Wisconsin Extension as Statewide Specialists. Our statewide specialists include:

  • Ken Genskow – water resource planning, process/administration of educational programs
  • David Hart – planning support systems and GIS
  • Dave Marcouiller – natural resources, rural development, recreation planning
  • Alfonso Morales – community food systems, market places, entrepreneurship
  • Brian Ohm – land use law, environmental regulation, growth management

The University of Wisconsin-Extension, through its four divisions (Business and Entrepreneurship, Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning, Cooperative Extension, and Broadcasting & Media Innovations) has a primary responsibility of making linkages between university research and the real world as experienced by the citizens of our great state. Based in the 72 county Extension offices and on UW campuses around the state, Cooperative Extension responds to the needs of families, youth, communities, farmers, and business people. High priority programs focus on improving competitiveness and environmental sustainability in agriculture and business; conserving natural resources; managing community growth and change; and building supportive communities for families and youth.

The Department's outreach efforts have resulted in consultations to local, state-wide, national and international agencies; workshops; and a variety of publications.

PLA faculty work with the following UW-Extension Centers: The Environmental Resource CenterThe Center for Community Economic DevelopmentThe Northern Center for Economic DevelopmentThe Center for Land Use EducationCooperative ExtensionApplied Population LabGeological & Natural Historical SurveyLocal Government Center

PLA Extension Publications