More than 800 dairy farms went out of business in 2019, according to numbers released Jan. 6 by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office.

Two February agricultural workshops will focus on farm profitability as it relates to using healthy soil practices such as reduced tillage and cover crops. The workshops are hosted by the Clark and Eau Claire County Land Conservation offices with support from the Eau Claire River Watershed C…

According to Dr. Doug Reinemann, UW-Madison milking system specialist and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, over 300 U.S. dairy farms have automatic milking systems, also known as robotic milking systems. That number is much higher in Canada…

The Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders’ Association is sponsoring a dairy farmer grant program. The Wisconsin Beginning in Ayrshires Grant will help breeders establish themselves in this breed of dairy cattle.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced Dec. 31, adding that he will visit Beijing at a later date to open another round of talks aimed at resolving other sticking points in…

Youth looking for support to purchase their first Brown Swiss should consider applying for the Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program, offered by the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association. The organization is accepting applications between now and Feb. 7.

On the heels of the 53rd show, World Dairy Expo hosted its annual Friends of Expo party on Dec. 11 at the Alliant Energy Center in recognition of the more than 400 volunteers and paid staff who make the global show possible.

At the recent Wisconsin Beef Council Board meeting, directors elected leadership positions, with Val Gaffney, a seedstock producer from Barneveld, elected to serve as president for the next two years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be collecting information on sheep and goat inventories and wool and mohair production during a nationwide survey.

Food safety trainings for produce growers will be held in six locations around the state in January and February. The classes will be taught by UW-Extension in collaboration with Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Farmers with interest in organic row crop and small grain production should plan to attend the fifth annual OGRAIN (Organic Grain Resource and Information Network) Winter Conference, which is set for Jan. 24-25 on the UW–Madison campus. This two-day conference will highlight issues critical …

The Red Cliff Mino Bimaadiziiwin Tribal Farm recently received grants totaling $80,000 to support the farm’s free- and reduced-price community supported agriculture program and enhance food sovereignty efforts.

Sauk County Land Resources and Environment will be hosting a Dairy Grazing Seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County Campus in the Aural Umhoefer Building, Room A-001. This event is free and open to the public.

UW-Extension’s Farm Pulse Continuum is a new program for farmers interested in learning how to use farm financials to explore their farm business decisions.

The UW-Extension Offices of Buffalo and Chippewa counties will host industrial hemp update meetings. The meeting in Chippewa County will focus on CBD oil production on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at the Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center near County Highway T and State H…

In the midst of the worst farm crisis since the 1980s, Farm Aid announced that it distributed more than $1 million in grant funding in 2019. Farm Aid prioritized organizations working to address challenges created by the dominant industrial agricultural system, which has pushed family farmer…

Those who follow Dan Basse, president of Ag Resource Company of Chicago, know that he hasn’t been all that optimistic about U.S. dairy in recent years. In fact, Basse himself admitted that since about 2015 until about the beginning of 2019, he had been very pessimistic when it came to dairy’…

MADISON — After a mandatory review of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s livestock siting rule, the DATCP board will let the scope statement of the rule expire, with no immediate plans to revisit or revise it.

Not only did farmers trying their hand at growing industrial hemp have to deal with the hazards associated with navigating a fledgling industry and a challenging growing season, but many are facing difficulties finding a market for their products.

Six exceptional young farmers will participate in the 66th Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Awards Weekend Jan. 24-26, 2020, in Chippewa Falls, WI at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center. The finalists include:

MADISON — For his final Wisconsin agricultural statistics report of 2019, state statistician Greg Bussler had additional information to share, requested by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection board at their last meeting. This information included numbers on…

MADISON — Each year ahead of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Dairy Insights Summit, staff at PDPW contact experts in other agricultural industries to see if they would be interested in presenting to a group of dairy farmers and supporters. The aim is to uncover similar trends a…

WISCONSIN DELLS — Fifteen years ago, Amber Radatz was one of two interns at the newly established UW Discovery Farms, working with another intern, Tim Radatz, to help install water quality monitoring equipment at several new sites. The rest is history — the two eventually married and continu…

The declining cost of photovoltaic solar installations has made installing a solar electric system enticing for many farmers, but there is more to consider than just the time it will take until the system will begin to turn a profit before installing a solar system, according to Ohio State U…

Wisconsin’s latest round of Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants has been awarded to 27 groups of farmers by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Farmers will work with conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues specific to t…

WISCONSIN DELLS — With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill almost a year ago now, hemp became legal to grow and process in all 50 states as it was removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Wisconsin was already one step ahead, enacting Act 100 in 2017 to allow for a pilot hemp program for re…