THORP — Wisconsin State Conservationist Angela Biggs has been traversing the state in August and September as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin meets with Local Working Groups to gather input and help set priorities for U.S. Department of …

ELKHORN — Since 1985, musicians have come together to host the Farm Aid festival, bringing together artists, farmers and fans in support of keeping family farmers on the land. This year, the popular festival is returning Wisconsin — only the second time in the event’s history that it’s has b…

LANCASTER — Steve Adrian and his son, Adam, have seen success in using cover crops in southwest Wisconsin. A hay shortage in 1978 led Steve to try cover crops for the first time, planting rye to feed his heifers during that time. Now rye is an important component to their farm, serving as ex…

DODGEVILLE — Those who attended the Southwest Wisconsin Grazing Network’s final pasture walk of 2019 were not only treated to knowledge and good conversation last week, but also cold beer at the conclusion of the event, which happened to take place on a warm afternoon in the pastures of Gras…

With more potassium than a banana, potatoes are an excellent choice for your dinner plate. Potatoes are high in fiber and packed full of energy to fuel your body and brain throughout the day.

In 2016, “Roberto” legally came to the United States for the same reason many immigrants do — to earn a living and a slice of the American dream. But Roberto, a native of southern Mexico, says he suffered a nightmare of coercion, financial exploitation, threats and mistreatment while working…

MADISON — While setback requirements, odor control and nutrient management were likely on the minds of many who testified at various public hearings across the state in response to proposed changes to Wisconsin’s livestock facility siting rule, a handful of citizens that testified also broug…

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship launched a new online platform designed to showcase Master farms and attract more qualified candidates to the Apprenticeship opportunities. DGA is a nonprofit organization with a federally recognized National Apprenticeship in managed-grazing dairy production.

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Aug. 28 that President Donald Trump plans to soften the blow to farmers after his administration allowed some small oil refineries to avoid ethanol requirements.

The Federal Communications Commission has awarded more than $160 million to support broadband internet access across Wisconsin. The funding will help providers maintain, improve and expand high-speed internet access for around 21,000 homes and businesses.

Wisconsin farmers in various parts of the state experienced severe alfalfa losses this past winter resulting in forage shortages in combination with already low inventories. Additionally, a cooler and wetter than normal 2019 spring season caused delayed plantings for many Wisconsin farmers.

Wisconsin farmers have the chance to direct $2,500 to their favorite local nonprofit organization through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days has announced that Clark County has been selected to host Farm Technology Days in 2022. Over the next three years there will be many opportunities to get involved to tell the story of Clark County agriculture. The first step in the process of hosting Farm Techn…

With the challenging financial and emotional situation plaguing farm families in local communities, UW-Extension in Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire counties will be hosting a half-day meeting on Sept. 18 to assist agri-business professionals and agency staff in feeling more comfortable and co…

Farmers are invited to attend a pasture walk hosted by the Coulee Graziers on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Nate and Karen Kling farm, W15503 Kelly Road Taylor. Farmers with an interest in grazing and forage resources, from small-scale holding paddocks to full-scale managed intensive grazing, a…

PLATTEVILLE — Members of the Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance and faculty from UW-Platteville’s School of Agriculture welcomed about 50 people to the college’s Pioneer Farm on Aug. 15 for a field day with a soil and water focus.

The 2019 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Sept. 6-8 at Jefferson Fair Park, 503 N Jackson Ave., Jefferson, will celebrate the diversity of sheep, the fiber they produce and the renewable products that they provide.

The Ozaukee County Demonstration Farm Network and Milwaukee River Watershed Clean Farm Families are holding "Conservation in Ozaukee," a field day featuring innovative practices local farmers are trying this year to better soil health and water quality. The event will be held on Sept. 10 fro…

Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses generate $104.8 billion in economic activity and 437,700 jobs, based on data for 2017, according to a new study from the UW–Madison. This is an increase from a 2012 study that found agriculture generated $88.3 billion in economic activity and 413…

FERRYVILLE — Turning off Highway 27 in Crawford County, the road became narrower and narrower as attendees to a recent pasture walk, hosted by Great River Graziers and Kickapoo Grazing Initiative, approached Fenn’s Folly — 40 acres of woods and pasture owned by the ambitious Amy Fenn.

DARLINGTON — Despite efforts to prohibit marijuana establishments in Lafayette County, including the prohibition of hemp and CBD oil sales, interest in hemp cultivation continues to grow in the county, with about 50 people attending a recent meeting on industrial hemp, geared particularly fo…

Denmark Dairy, E7455 County Road B, Colfax, will host the 12th Annual Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A dozen kids showed up, hoping to swim, at Kamp Kenwood on the east shore of Lake Wissota on Aug. 15. However, the children were told that the blue-green algae along the shore meant the beach was closed.

REWEY — When Mike and Matt Mueller held their first pasture walk at Double M Cattle Company, their pasture wasn’t as full as it was Aug. 6, when about 20 people visited to learn more about how they raise their herds of Normande, Shorthorn and commercial crossbred cattle on pasture that is pr…

BRODHEAD — Friday morning, Aug. 2, was sunny and mild with about 60 women gathering together, their camping chairs sprawled across the front lawn of Riemer Family Farm for an In Her Boots workshop, a kick-off event for the Soil Sisters weekend, three days filled with sessions celebrating rur…

WHEELER — For six generations, Jeff Lake’s family has been taking care of the land comprising their Dunn County farm. But following a 2016 meeting with Scott Stipetich, a farm bill biologist with Pheasants Forever, Lake decided there was more that could be done to benefit the farm’s soil whi…

An agreement made in March by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Waupaca County Land and Water Conservation Department and several northeast Wisconsin counties made it official: Wisconsin is now home to four demonstration farm networks, including this …