BLANCHARDVILLE — Aronia berries may not be a widely known fruit yet, but Kim and Roberta Barham of Barham Gardens hope ongoing education about the berry’s health benefits will boost market interest.

More than 750 youth exhibitors competed in junior events during the 2018 Minnesota Beef Expo held Oct. 18-21 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, Minn. The expo, which brings cattle producers and youth livestock exhibitors together to celebrate and promote the beef industry,…

As the temperature drops and snow starts falling, it is time to start thinking differently about how we care for lambs. For sheep raisers in cold climates, winter is a time to take special precautions to ensure lambs grow healthy and strong.

The Iowa Organic Association will host the Midwest Organic Pork Conference in Waterloo, Iowa on March 8-9, 2019. This will be the first conference ever organized in the United States dedicated to presenting the best resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic…

Registration is open for the seventh annual UW Discovery Farms Conference set for Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Glacier Canyon Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Farmers, crop consultants, agency personnel and anyone with an interest in agriculture and water quality are encourag…

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The UW–Madison Department of Animal Sciences is seeking nominations for the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame’s 2019 class of inductees. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 23.

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Alltech Wisconsin is offering scholarships to high school and college students furthering their education in the fields of agricultural and life sciences. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student pursing a four-year degree, and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students pur…

SOLDIERS GROVE — The Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and the Great River Graziers host numerous pasture walks each year, inviting area farmers and landowners to learn more about the economic and environmental incentives for managed grazing in southwest Wisconsin. But on Oct. 27, the organization…

During a routine test, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock. All flocks are tested for influenza before they are moved to market, and this finding was part of the everyday process of ensuring a safe food supply a…

Farmers whose land may be affected by the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line in southwest Wisconsin should attend one of three November meetings, where they will be able to talk with staff from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the organization p…

The National Agri-Marketing Association will launch a new competition for student members in conjunction with the 2019 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. The competition will take place Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Members of the Price Volatility and Profitability sub-committee of the Dairy Task Force 2.0 gathered Oct. 29 in Black River Falls to compile suggestions on the topic for the larger committee. Committee members dug into the dairy price issue, focusing on cost of production, price volatility, …

Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, said in the Nov. 5 Dairy Radio Now broadcast that while 2018 is the fourth year in a row of poor farm-level milk prices, there are some positives — strong domestic demand for cheese and butter, plus global dairy …

When Hardy, a U.S. Department of Agriculture trained detector dog, sniffed out a roasted pig head in traveler baggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in early October, it underscored the efforts USDA and its partners are undertaking to keep African Swine Fever, a swine …

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Area non-profit groups are sharing in the proceeds from Wisconsin Farm Technology Days near Marshfield this summer. The Wood County FTD Food Committee dispersed a total of $103,360 to the 31 organizations which operated six food tents, three ice cream stands and other beverage areas during t…

College students with an interest in dairy can apply to be a dairy ambassador in one of eight states across the Midwest. The Dairy Ambassador program provides students with leadership opportunities to connect with consumers and share their dairy story while networking with their peers and in…

The Western Wisconsin Conservation Council will host its first annual field day Thursday, Nov. 15, at Emmert and Sons, 1881 140th Ave., Baldwin. Featured practices will be tailored to farms in St. Croix County but are applicable to farms across the state with similar conservation goals.

Greenleaf Events announced the Central Wisconsin Hemp Expo presented by Hemp For Fitness to be held on Nov. 17 at the Marshfield Mall Expo Center in Marshfield.

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association recently took action against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regarding an extension of the 30-day comment period for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet submitted by Daley Farm of Lewiston, Minn., in support of their expansion and modernizati…

The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow. The application period is open through Nov. 12 at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow.com.

A solitary red barn sat perched atop a lush green field and beneath a beautiful blue sky in rural Shawano County.

INDIANAPOLIS — Katy Vacula of the Big Foot FFA Chapter in Walworth was one of four finalists for American Star in Agriscience last week at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The struggle for small family farming operations to keep the doors open continues, not only for small dairy farms but also for other agricultural businesses.

MADISON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the City of Madison have a long history of collaboration, including strong ties with the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The collaboration may continue in the future in a new way as the City of Madison and UW-Madison are …

Strong gains in milk per cow kept U.S. milk output above that of a year ago for the 58th consecutive month. Preliminary September data in the top 23 producing states shows output at 16.4 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from September 2017. The 50-state total, at a slightly bullish 17.38 billi…

MADISON — Attendees to the last Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Dairy Exchange of the year are typically treated to something “outside of the box,” said DATCP secretary Sheila Harsdorf. The final Dairy Exchange of 2018 on Oct. 23 was no exception, with atte…

Weed specialists Mark Renz and Rodrigo Werle, plant pathologist Damon Smith, and entomologist Bryan Jensen will present at the annual Pest Management Update, Nov. 12 at the Marshfield Agriculture Research Station located at 2611 Yellowstone Drive, Marshfield.

Farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Farmstead Fund Pool must apply by Nov. 16 to be considered for funding in 2019.