UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are co-hosting a series of concentrated animal feeding operation update meetings throughout the state in early February. The meetings are specifically designed for Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitted CAFO o…

Michael Travis, who has served Pepin County as the agriculture and natural resources educator since 2013, also sill serve Pierce County in that same role at .2 FTE's, effective Jan. 1.

Buffalo County’s new agricultural/natural resources zoning district, ANR-40, has been approved and certified by the state of Wisconsin as a farmland preservation zoning district, the Buffalo County Zoning Department and Land Conservation Department announced Jan. 3.

University of Minnesota Extension will host a set of workshops this winter in central and southern Minnesota to help farmers and landlords determine a fair farmland rental agreement for 2019.

While Wisconsin bankers say they’re optimistic about the state’s overall economy in 2019, they don’t have particularly high hopes for agricultural loans.

Katie Ziemer has joined Sand County Foundation as a soil conservationist in southeast Wisconsin, assisting farmers with writing and implementing conservation plans to achieve water quality and soil health improvements.

The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee is once again offering Youth Pig Project scholarships. These scholarships are designed to assist 4-H and FFA members in establishing swine projects that can lead to development of life skills and career opportunities in the Wisconsin pork industry.

Hemp leapt a major hurdle with the passing of the farm bill in late December. But despite being removed from the Controlled Substance Act and now being treated as a commodity, a recent Wisconsin Bankers Association survey showed low confidence in the crop.

Representatives of Dane County Land and Water Resources Department are conducting an online survey aimed at meat producers in southwest or south-central Wisconsin to learn about current butchery services being offered.

The Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders’ Association is sponsoring a dairy farmer grant program. Nationally recognized by the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation, the Wisconsin Beginning in Ayrshires Grant will help breeders establish themselves in the breed.

MADISON — Greg Bussler, state statistician in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Wisconsin office, provided board members of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection with his final report of 2018 at their Dec. 20 meeting, tackl…

Infrastructure hacks, deep winter greenhouses soil health for vegetable growers and more will be among topics at the Sustainable Farming Association's annual conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Compeer Financial's board of directors has announced that member-owners will see an increase of more than $42 million in patronage.

Farm Service Agency county offices nationwide were closed, effective Dec. 28, due to the federal government shutdown.

The winter solstice occurred Dec. 21, marking the meteorological start of winter. Many areas have been experiencing winter weather for several weeks already, but now is the time to really prepare for colder temperatures and snowfall. Knowing the best way to care for animals during the winter…

Based on test results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has confirmed that 11 additional animals from a deer farm in Washington County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. On Nov. 15, a team compos…

WASHINGTON — Food labels such as “veggie burgers” and “Tofurky” prompted a new Missouri law making it illegal to stick meatlike names on products that aren’t made from meat — pitting cattlemen against vegetarians in a food fight poised to spread across the country.

BALDWIN — Dairy farmers considering making the shift to beef production must change their mindset about cattle, as well as the way they view their existing resources including as barns and cropping systems, according to David Kammel, a biological systems engineer at UW-Madison.

Brad Pfaff, former executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, has been appointed as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

SINSINAWA — Since 1847, people of the Catholic faith have been farming at Sinsinawa Mound in southwest Wisconsin. The tradition continues today through the lease of land to an organic dairy farmer, the cultivation of food from the sisters’ kitchen garden and a relatively new program at the M…

WISCONSIN DELLS — Farmers that have adopted techniques to plant into growing cover crops, interseed into corn or soybeans and combine living covers and manure are often looked to as innovators, but three farmers on a panel at the UW Discovery Farms Conference in mid-December likely don’t see…

UW-Extension and Agriculture instructors from area Jefferson County schools are holding the 2019 Youth Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Program for youth, 12 to 16 years of age, who plan on operating a farm tractor on public roadways or work near dangerous farm equipment.

The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council has announced Tamara Nelsen as its new executive director. Nelsen will assume her new role effective Feb. 1.

A series of “Managing for Stewardship” workshops will be held in Minnesota this winter. The workshops, designed for farmland owners, retired farmers, those inheriting a farmland investment and farmers who would like to invest in soil building on rented land, will be offered in Willmar, Rosev…

WAUPUN, Wis., and LANSING, Mich. — Two well-known and successful agricultural cooperatives in the upper Midwest have signed an intent to merge. The board of directors for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., and NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Mich., reached a unanimous decision…

MADISON — The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has awarded $23,920 in Supervised Agricultural Experience grants to 29 Wisconsin FFA members. These award winners are members of 18 FFA chapters statewide.

Trempealeau County UW-Extension will host a six-part educational series for people interested in starting either a new farm business using direct marketing or adding a direct marketing component to an existing farm business. These sessions will provide information on creating business plans,…

The Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free and confidential. The toll-free number is 833-600-2670.

Organizers of the 2019 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days continue to prepare for next year’s event, announcing extended show hours and putting out a call for local farming artifacts to be displayed at Walters Grain Farm in Jefferson County July 23-25.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Ahead of the Resilient Farms Conference on Dec. 11, UW-Extension Farm Management Program Outreach Coordinator Trisha Wagner said that during challenging times for agriculture, farmers realize there is often opportunity.

The financial health of Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses, with a special focus on consolidation in the state’s dairy industry, are topics for the upcoming Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29 on the UW–Madison campus. The forum features…

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced a state-specific restriction for the use of the herbicide dicamba in Minnesota for the 2019 growing season. Dicamba is primarily used for controlling post-emergence broadleaf weeds.

Farming Your Finances-Beef Edition will be held Jan. 24 and 31 and Feb 7 at the USDA Service Center, 925 Donald St., Medford. Registration begins at 5 p.m. followed by a lite supper, with classroom activities from 6 to 8 p.m.