The state of the U.S. dairy economy is putting family farms out of business. Over the last 10 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recorded the loss of about 17,000 dairy herds, cutting the total number of U.S herds by almost a third. ... Read more
VERONA — Dane County may be the second-most populous county in Wisconsin and home to the state’s capital, but it doesn’t exempt the area from the occasional agricultural accident. It’s why the Dane County Farm Bureau and multiple agents of Rural Mutual Insurance Co. found it important to spo…
The Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is selling planters for the upcoming Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, slated for July 23-25 at Walter Grain Farms in Johnson Creek.
DEFOREST — Wisconsin-based AQUA Innovations has worked with many high-profile companies like General Motors, Pepsi and Harley-Davidson on wastewater solutions. But it was in the early 2000s when the late Richard Heins, a former UW-Madison professor, challenged engineers to develop a manure m…
Madison College students brought home multiple awards from the 2019 Wisconsin Professional Agriculture Student Organization contest in February at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore. Fourteen teams from across the state participated in this annual event.
MOUNT HOREB — It was the early 1960s, and Wausau native Eugene Woller had just graduated from high school, receiving a scholarship to attend the Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison. He and a friend had signed up for the five-week course, with Eugene showing a special interest in the…
Wisconsin’s largest spring farm expo is preparing to welcome thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors to Winnebago County.
Those who work at Hixwood Metal in Stanley believe they know the way of the future. And it comes in the form of metal roofing.
GREEN BAY — Good things come in small packages.
GREEN BAY — Wisconsin cheese makers dominated the 2019 United States Championship Cheese Contest, earning Best of Class awards in 57 of the 115 classes and placing 10 entries among the top 20 finalists nationwide.
DEFOREST — According to Dennis Frame, a former Extension agent who now owns his own consulting firm, farmers have to be free to experiment and try new ideas, matching farming systems with the landscape of their operations. Farmer-led conservation groups, like Yahara Pride Farms in southern W…
Heart of the Farm: Bringing Women Together will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4 in Manitowoc County at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, 7001 Gass Lake Road, Newton.
Farmers are connected to the food they produce every day through caring for their animals and growing crops. They are also connected to their communities through church, school and other organizations.
GREEN BAY — Wisconsin’s increasingly popular industrial hemp program means a wave of new questions from eager growers and processors.
GREEN BAY — Marieke Penterman’s fancy footwork took center stage at the United States Championship Cheese Contest.
Two people from Wisconsin, along with two others from California and the Dominican Republic, will be recognized in October at the 2019 World Dairy Expo for their contributions and excellence in the dairy industry and in their communities.
Registration is open for the 2019 National Holstein Convention, which will be held June 24-27 at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton.
EAU CLAIRE — After debuting Valmetal’s new TMR Master 625 at last year’s World Dairy Expo, Valmetal sales manager Greg Lueth will again have the company’s new reel mixer on display, this time at the WPS Farm Show, March 26-28 at the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh.
Wisconsin farmers reeling from a disastrous winter are getting a little help from the state’s energy efficiency program.
With snow melting and rain falling on frozen soil, Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast was completely pink last week, meaning the risk of manure runoff was severe statewide.
EAU CLAIRE — The hazelnut is loaded with potential. Jason Fischbach, Extension agriculture agent for Ashland and Bayfield counties, is among those tasked with unlocking that potential in the Upper Midwest; no small task, considering it includes building an industry nearly from scratch.
Wisconsin tart cherry and ginseng growers may now nominate candidates for two board member positions on the Wisconsin Cherry Board and two board member positions on the Wisconsin Ginseng Board.
A special program, "Farmer to Farmer - Regenerative Agriculture: Healthy soils, clean water and increased profits," for farmers and students will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30 at UW-Platteville.
It’s often said that you can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.
Ruben Lema sees his future in the dairy industry.
SHELL LAKE — Steve VanDerLoop wasn’t having much success direct marketing his grass-fed beef. Giving out samples at farmers’ markets and advertising via local newspaper and radio just didn’t cut it.
SHELL LAKE — It’s not for everyone, but direct marketing can be a good route to the consumer for some livestock producers willing to do the leg work.
High interest among hemp growers suggests that Wisconsin is ready to supply the developing market, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection officials on March 13 told agricultural marketing representatives in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $50,000 in grant funding to 30 Minnesota schools and early-education programs to boost the amount of dairy offered to students. The organizations will be using the grants to add milk coolers to their nutrition programs.
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association is hosting 10 annual district meetings in March. Remaining dates and sites are as follows:
Minnesota farmers may seek assistance from the Rural Finance Authority’s Restructure Loan program if they have good credit but are having trouble with cash flow.
The new farm bill includes a provision to allow industrial hemp production in the U.S. While the crop may be an option for farmers looking to diversify their system, there’s a lot of information to gather and consider before major decisions are made.
DARLINGTON — Don Niles was one year out of veterinary school when he came to Kewaunee County in 1983. The countryside was dotted with cows, their caretakers proud dairymen in their communities. However, dairying in Kewaunee County has changed from something of pride for farmers to something …
The UW-River Falls Beef Management Team and St. Croix Valley Bull Test will host a bull buying seminar and bull viewing opportunity Saturday, March 23, at the UW-River Falls Dairy Cattle Learning Center on the Mann Valley Farm near River Falls.
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, a cooperative headquartered in Baraboo, recently announced the addition of Bryant Gill as assistant market manager at the cooperative’s Monroe sale barn.
GREEN BAY — Several factors should be taken into consideration when determining which manure technology options would benefit your farm.
Dave Wilfert, co-owner and general manager of Wilfert Farms near Mishicot, will be the featured presenter at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center’s Breakfast at the Barn on March 21 in the Manitowoc County town of Newton.
On July 23, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will host its first-ever Ag Career Day.
East Central/Select Sires delegates and NorthStar Cooperative common stock owners officially voted in favor of merging the two cooperatives.
Ten Wisconsin dairy companies have been named recipients of Dairy Processor Grants through a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection program intended to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing fac…
Interest in industrial hemp in Wisconsin continues to grow as the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recently released application numbers for 2019. Nearly 2,100 individuals and businesses applied to grow or process hemp in Wisconsin’s second year of its industrial hemp…
More than 2,500 entries competed at the United States Championship Cheese Contest on March 5-7 in Green Bay. Every maker of cheese, butter or yogurt manufactured in the United States was eligible to compete in the 20th biennial contest, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. For …
LONE ROCK — Three years ago this January, the Poad family of Lone Rock suffered a fire at their farm that destroyed their barn and a shop used for their trucking business. However, the family was able to recover, erecting a hoop building for their calves and moving the trucking business into…
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced it will host food safety workshops that are taught by industry professionals for the benefit of the entire industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa hog farmer Howard Hill is feeling the pinch from President Donald Trump’s get-tough trade policies — his pigs are selling for less than it costs to raise them. It’s a hit that Hill is willing to take for now, but his understanding also comes with a caution flag for the…
Wisconsin Custom Operators members selected two new directors during the group’s annual meeting in late February, held in conjunction with the Forage Symposium at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
LUCK — Like most Wisconsin communities, family dairy farms and small creameries once dotted the countryside surrounding the small Polk County town of Luck.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years.
MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin dairy farmers are facing higher trucking costs as an oversupply of milk continues to strain the market, according to a report released this month.
The base price paid to dairy farmers lost some desperately needed ground last week with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of the Class III milk price for February.