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…

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 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.

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.

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 …

WAUSAU — Now is a fine time for new farmers to get into the dairy business, according to grazing consultant Jim Gerrish. But, Gerrish said, don’t do it without first having goals and a plan to reach them.

Learn the latest in agronomic research — including research on industrial hemp — being conducted by UW-Madison researchers at the 2019 Agronomy and Soils Field Day, hosted by UW-Madison Departments of Agronomy and Soil Science on Aug. 28 at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Looking ahead to July 2020, when Eau Claire County will host the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, local organizers aren’t concerned by reports of low attendance at the 2019 show in Jefferson County.

GRELLTON— No matter what they were selling, from massive farm equipment to alpaca wool socks, exhibitors at the 2019 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days said they weren’t impressed by the number of people in attendance.

The future of family farms, food systems, watersheds and rural towns will be among the topics at the Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference on Thursday, Aug. 15. Family farmers and others passionate about the future of rural Wisconsin are invited to attend the event, which runs from 10 a.…

Attendees walked rows of exhibits at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days July 24 at Walter Grain Farm in Jefferson County.

GRATIOT — After wind storms and drought killed many of the trees in his pasture, Steve Holland was brainstorming ways to bring shade back for his grazing Jersey cow herd. He had seen a portable shade structure advertised and was going back and forth on whether to make the investment, finally…

Rotational grazing, soil health, pasture diversity and soil building crop rotations will be the focus of a grazing field day on Saturday, July 13, between Plainview, Minn., and Weaver, Minn.

PLAINVIEW — With alfalfa in the crop rotation and pastureland in the mix, Stacy Miller’s 350-acre dairy farm already played a role in filtering runoff flowing toward the Mississippi River. With a new lagoon and nutrient management plan, the 85-cow operation now does even more to protect grou…

MENOMONIE — Following his research into the cause of well contamination in Kewaunee County, Mark Borchardt, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, has been asked to repeat his studies in other parts of the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture shocked trade by cutting the national corn yield estimate by a full 10 bushels per acre in the June supply and demand report. This puts the average national yield at 166 bushels per acre. A reduction of 3 million was made to planted acres as well. This comb…

Farmers have spent this spring dodging rain and getting in fields as conditions allowed, planting, tilling and spreading manure as quickly as possible, in many cases working around wet spots in fields.

Waupaca County farmer David Heideman has provided $2,500 to the Waupaca County Natural Resource Foundation through America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant program sponsored by the Bayer Fund.