The sharply divided government that emerged from this month’s midterm elections will make it hard to get much done for agriculture in the coming months, according to panelists on a Farm Foundation Forum held Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C., and broadcast live online.

ARLINGTON — Rules went into effect in February requiring swine entering and moving within Wisconsin to originate from a herd that has been tested for both porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus within the past 90 days before entering or moving.

ARLINGTON — About 95 percent of pigs in the U.S. are being bred with artificial insemination, with a tremendous increase in AI use recorded over the past few years specifically, according to John Parrish, a professor of animal science at UW-Madison. Because of this, more emphasis is being pl…

STEVENS POINT — Winter farmers’ markets such as the one in Stevens Point provide a means for area farmers to generate income during the off-season. Consumers also appreciate the opportunity to access locally grown foods directly from those who produced it.

The Wisconsin Holstein Association is seeking candidates for two internships in 2019. Two opportunities are available for college-aged students looking to gain experience in event planning, communications and public relations.

As the 2018 growing season comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseeds they store on their farms.

Every farm and farmer is different and that should come into consideration when looking at implementing technology such as automated milking systems on the farm, Iowa State University Extension dairy field specialist Larry Tranel said during a recent Hoard’s Dairyman webinar.

Faced with lower milk and commodity prices, many Wisconsin farmers are looking to diversify and add new revenue streams. Towards that end, Compeer Financial and W-Extension have planned the Resilient Farms Conference, a one-day conference for farmers interested in exploring new business idea…

Ocean Spray Cranberries recently announced it granted funds to 107 nonprofits in support of projects that positively impact the communities the cooperative calls home. This year’s Ocean Spray Community Fund recipient organizations hail from communities where Farmer-Owners and colleagues work…

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The Food and Drug Administration’s public comment period on food labeling standards governing plant-based milks will close Nov. 27, prompting dairy organizations such as the National Milk Producers Federation to encourage farmers to weigh in on the importance of accurate, consistent and lega…

Chronic wasting disease has been detected in four harvested samples from farmed deer at a quarantined farm in Crow Wing County. The farm has been under movement restrictions and monitored by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health since December 2016, when two white-tailed deer tested positive …

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…

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.

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 …

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.