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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…

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 — 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…

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.

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,…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday, Oct. 29, a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp would be finalized that week, a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production.

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…

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…

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.

DURAND — Pepin County has among the highest estimated percentage in Wisconsin of wells with nitrate levels higher than what is considered safe for regular human consumption, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Groundwater Coordinating Council.

In early December, more than 200 farmers and researchers from across five states will gather at the Sinsinawa Mound Center near Dubuque, Iowa, to share their experiences with agroforestry and pastured livestock at the 2019 Perennial Farm Gathering.

Anyone heading out to the rural areas to pick pumpkins and apples or check out the fall colors is likely to encounter slow moving farm equipment on the road as fall harvest season is underway throughout the state. That means it’s time for all drivers to be especially aware of farm equipment …

MADISON — When Brody Stapel, president of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue the opening morning of World Dairy Expo last week, he said Perdue had “his game face on” and was ready to answer tough questions posed by those in the audience at an…

The U.S. organic industry broke $50 billion in sales last year — and according to Mark Kastel, arguably one of the most experienced fraud investigators in organics, it doesn’t take long for money to corrupt an entire industry.

The University of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability and UW-Madison Division of Extension are offering three meetings across the state for professionals working with farmers on succession planning.

MENOMONIE — As the number of women who are listed as principal operators of farms in Wisconsin increases, Annie’s Project, a program designed to help strengthen the roles of women in modern agriculture, is coming to Dunn County this fall.

An adult can be fully engulfed in flowing grain in 20 seconds, but it’s several missteps leading up to that point that can turn that engulfment into a fatality.

ARGYLE — When Dustin and Bonnie Voegeli bought their Lafayette County farm four years ago, they wondered if grazing would be an option for them. Much of the land they bought was enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, and hadn’t been tilled for 25 years.

TAYLOR — Wet pastures were on the minds of graziers even before parts of the state saw up to 10 inches of rain for the week ending Sept. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Wisconsin Crop Progress and Condition report.

From winter-killed alfalfa to heavy spring rains and late-planted corn followed by more wet weather in May and June, many farmers have seen their forage inventories stretched to the limit.

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…

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…

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 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…