BROWNTOWN — The 40th edition of the Green County Breakfast on the Farm will be held on May 25 at the Minder Family Farm, a fourth-generation dairy farm that supplies the U.S’s only Limburger cheese plant in Monroe. The annual event runs from 6 to 10 a.m. and features breakfast, live musical …

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Wisconsin dairy farmer Dean Strauss of Majestic Crossing Dairy was presented with a national award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability at the eighth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award ceremony May 8 in Rosemont, Ill. The farm was one of three national winners in their category.

The new Minnesota Grown Directory, highlighting products and services available directly from Minnesota farmers and farmers markets, features 1,023 members from across the state.

We are now approaching the stage where the planting pace on corn becomes more of a market topic. History shows that if the U.S. corn crop is 70 percent planted by the third week of May, very few if any acres shift to alternative crops. At the same time, if the U.S. corn crop is more than 70 …

In October 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed Wisconsin’s first bovine tuberculosis case in more than 20 years for a Dane County dairy herd.

Dairy Pricing Association, a Capper-Volstead cooperative in Taylor, has completed its first purchase of whole milk powder for distribution to humanitarian causes overseas while simultaneously removing milk from a saturated market to boost farmgate milk prices.

This year's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will feature tile drainage installation demonstrations, made possible through a partnership with Jefferson County host family Walter Grain Farms and Timewell Drainage Products.

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When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana cooperative in California when the couple met in Wisconsin.

MINNEAPOLIS — As interest in knowing where your food comes from continues to boom, local food fans are increasingly flocking to on-farm dining experiences, from multi-course farm-to-table meals to family-friendly pizza nights. This movement opens up opportunities for farmers to launch dining…

A fee holiday for pesticide and fertilizer licensees and farmers purchasing fertilizer will continue into 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced in early May.

When Hoese Dairy Inc. expanded its 135-year-old family operation, it doubled the number of cows milked and acres tilled. Now, it’s tapping Conservation Stewardship Program options and exploring community connections to further position the farm for the future.

The dairy industry’s continued woes were the subject of the first hearing this year for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. The hearing was held April 30 in Washington, D.C.

Last June, I sat at my new desk at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection surrounded by photos and posters of the many Alices in Dairyland who have walked before me. Opening my laptop to begin an introductory article, I typed the words, “Hello, Wisconsin!” Nea…

Dairy farmers got a bit of welcomed relief with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s May Day announcement of the new class and component prices for April, as the Class III milk price rose almost $1, to $15.96 per hundredweight.

JEFFERSON — The Kutz family welcomed nearly 700 students, 35 teachers and 151 adult chaperones from 21 different Jefferson County schools to their dairy farm on May 1 for the 26th Annual Fourth Grade Farm Tour. The free field trip is sponsored by the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and the Jeff…

Many farmers have been asking questions about installations of large-scale solar and wind energy developments on their land. The contracts and materials presented to them by developers contain several legal provisions to navigate.

MADISON — In urban hubs across China, young people are lining up by the hundreds to try a new product: cheese tea. Promoted by a tea store called HEYTEA, the specialty tea is made with a layer of cream cheese whipped topping floating on top, with HEYTEA representatives claiming the salty che…

There is an old market adage that “low prices cure low prices.” While it is premature to say that low prices have cured our depressed markets, there are signs that they are in fact doing their job. Farmers in South America are already starting to make plans for next year’s acres, and low fut…

A Black Angus bull owned by Andy and Amy Strasburg of Strasburg Angus in Marshall brought the top bid during the 36th annual St. Croix Valley Bull Test Sale held April 20 at UW-River Falls’ Mann Valley Farm.

Growers seeking to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule have a new educational resource with the Farmers Union Produce Safety Podcast, an educational series for fruit and vegetable farmers that takes the Produce Safety Alliance classroom learning into the field.

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual open house held April 19-20 at Bar-H Implement just south of Stone Lake. The open house is a much-anticipated tradition for many rural residents in northwest Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The farm equipment dealership is celebrating 57 years of…

The Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and Grampa G’s Farm will host a public field day to demonstrate the production process of deep winter greenhouses and discuss ongoing horticultural and economic research results.

The Land Stewardship Project has launched a toll-free helpline for farmers seeking support related to grazing livestock. Farmers and ranchers can call 888-664-7293 (888-MNGRAZE) or submit questions online at www.landstewardshipproject.org/grazinghelpline.

The 10th annual May Fair Event and Sale will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the St. Croix County Fairground in Glenwood City. The evening will include a catered meal, live entertainment and silent and live auctions.

MADISON — According to K.J. Burrington of the Center for Dairy Research, farmers and others in the industry have been asking about how dairy-based and plant-based products compare for a while now, making it a timely topic for the recent Dairy Exchange, a dairy-centered forum held four times …

Finding all proposed routes for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line project “would impact significant acres of farmland,” the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in its agricultural impact statement published April 18 chose to not recommend a specific …

BANGOR — Trade uncertainty and tariffs are taking a toll on nearly all aspects of the agriculture industry, so during the two-week congressional recess in April, the advocacy group Farmers for Free Trade embarked on a 14-day, 3,500-mile tour through farm districts discussing the importance o…

Ryan Rodenkirch, the newly elected president of the Whitetails of Wisconsin board of directors, knows the deer-farming industry is facing a large obstacle in chronic wasting disease. But, as important as addressing CWD is for the industry, Rodenkirch said the best approach to solving the pro…

MANITOWOC — The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will host the next Breakfast at the Barn on May 29. Doors will open at 7:15 a.m. with the breakfast buffet starting at 7:30 a.m. with a presentation from current Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley beginning at 8 a.m.

We are starting to see a division take place in the U.S. cash grain market. Exporters are not pushing for deliveries right now as global demand for our offerings has been less than stellar in recent weeks. Basis values, the difference between commodity futures and cash bids, have weakened as…

The Leader has confirmed that the former F&A Dairy plant and facility in Dresser will be closed in less than six weeks, according to information relayed to employees and Dresser village officials from the new owners, Canadian-based Saputo Cheese.

This year’s inductees into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame will be recognized at a ceremony on May 3 and include Larry Clark, owner of Lodi Sausage Co. and Meat Market; George, Ruth, Craig and Lea Culver, co-founders of Culver’s Restaurants; and Kathy Glass, microbiologist with the …

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is waiving certain poultry testing requirements due to a shortage of an antigen used for testing. As a result, poultry owners do not need to test their birds for the pullorum-typhoid disease while the waiver is in effect.

ARGYLE — No-till farmer and soil health leader Barry Fisher visited southwest Wisconsin recently, speaking to farmers about the principles of soil health and how better understanding the soil’s natural functions can help them implement key management strategies to build soil health on their …