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…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin conducting the 2019 Organic Survey to gather up-to-date data on organic crops and livestock in the U.S. this month. This special survey effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of organic…

The challenges facing farmers in Zimbabwe are often quite different from those facing farmers in the U.S. But according to Maria Bendixen, owner of Cowculations Consulting in Greenwood, working with farmers in Zimbabwe to find solutions to their problems has opened up possibilities she may n…

MADISON — One year ago, Darlington farmer Ray Scott contacted AgrAbility of Wisconsin after attending a neighbor-to-neighbor meeting hosted by AgrAbility. It was at that meeting that he saw a retrofitted pipeline track system that he thought could be useful to him and his operation, saving h…

A wet spring, colder than normal summer, fall weather that is much colder than normal and now energy shortages due to the cold weather; farmers may be asking what’s next, said Scott Sanford, UW-Madison Division of Extension agricultural engineer in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

On Nov. 7, the deans of the colleges of agriculture at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls formally launched the newly funded Dairy Innovation Hub with a conference call that included members of the initiative’s advisory council.

On Dec. 5, the University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension will host two Hemp Education and Networking Opportunities on the western side of the state. These events will be geared towards individuals interested in growing hemp for the first time next season, along with those already growing.

MADISON — Hemp is a topic Sara Walling admits she could spend hours talking about, referencing her “past life” as a student who obtained her undergraduate degree in plant science. However, Walling didn’t have hours to spend at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Prote…

OREGON — The morning before agriculture journalist Pete Hardin was to present on Wisconsin’s dairy industry, a historic announcement was made — Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer, had filed for bankruptcy, the biggest bankruptcy ever in the history of the U.S. dairy industry. And wh…

Temple Grandin, animal science professor at Colorado State University and a world-renowned speaker on animal behavior and autism, has worked with large restaurants such as McDonald’s and Hardee’s to encourage more humane treatment in animal handling, was named one of Time Magazine’s 2010 top…

While children in southern Wisconsin were shocked to wake up on Halloween to a few inches of snow, farmers in the region weren’t particularly stirred as this year’s saga of wet weather continues. Most of the area received between 3 and 7 inches of snow the last week of October, breaking the …

WHEELER — Numerous factors play into the decision-making on Jeff Lake’s Dunn County farm, and the decisions that get made aren’t always the most obvious, but they do tend to benefit the farmers, their soil, the region’s water quality and the wildlife, all while improving the farm’s bottom line.

MADISON — Norm Munsen, a dairy market specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, wanted to make something clear when addressing a large group gathered for the final Dairy Exchange of 2019: DATCP didn’t order the record-breaking snow Madison received…

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has announced registration is open for CheeseExpo 2020, set for April 14-16 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Details are available now at CheeseExpo.org.

MADISON — Just two weeks after the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board met via teleconference to preview changes made to ATCP51, which outlines the state’s livestock siting regulations, the agency has decided it will no longer move forward with proposed c…

Hemp licensing applications and registrations are available for the 2020 Wisconsin growing season, as of Nov. 1. The deadline for current licensees to renew their registration is March 1, 2020. New licensees can apply at any time during the year.

ATHENS — Showcasing and verifying their water stewardship practices isn’t about the glory of it for Miltrim Farms. It’s about creating a pathway for other farms to receive the same recognition in the future.

Growing organic garlic on a fifth-generation family farm was just what the doctor ordered. Well actually, Jeff “Doc” Menn didn’t order his son and daughter-in-law to grow the crop; he encouraged the couple to consider taking on the garlic-raising project, and the couple accepted the challenge.

In an effort to provide producers with an alternative livestock marketing option, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association has now received organic certification for its Sparta and Marion markets. The certification was recently approved by Nature’s International Certification Services,…

MADISON — Members of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection board had the opportunity to preview proposed changes to ATCP 51, the livestock siting rule, on Oct. 21, almost three weeks before they are slated to vote on the changes at their regularly scheduled m…

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection invites Wisconsin dairy processors to apply for the next round of Dairy Processor Grants through Dec. 13. The funding is intended to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsi…

PLATTEVILLE — During a dry stretch of weather two weeks ago, Representative Travis Tranel, like many farmers across the state, was out chopping into the early hours of the morning. As a state legislator, Tranel is in a unique position — serving in the statehouse and dairy farming with his fa…

MADISON — Jeff Swenson, livestock and meat specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, was speechless last week as he looked out into the audience at the department’s first “Meating,” a quarterly get together of those in Wisconsin’s meat industry.

Enrollment is now open for the Yahara Pride Farms cost-share program. The deadline to enroll is Nov. 15 and is open to farmers in the Yahara Watershed, which includes southern Columbia, Dane and northern Rock counties.

Agroforestry is the integration of trees with crops or livestock and has been hailed by farmers, scientists and policymakers alike as a solution to the economic and ecological issues of agriculture.