EAU CLAIRE — Every five years — to coincide with the Census of Agriculture conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service — Steven Deller, professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison, examines the contribution of agriculture to th…

DARLINGTON — With a new year beginning, Lafayette County agriculture educator Josh Kamps has made it a goal to work more in the area of soil and water quality, sharing with farmers the strong interconnections between both in 2020. As part of that goal, he recently coordinated a “Farming Soil…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy win before senators turn their full attention to his impeachment trial.

Two February agricultural workshops will focus on farm profitability as it relates to using healthy soil practices such as reduced tillage and cover crops. The workshops are hosted by the Clark and Eau Claire County Land Conservation offices with support from the Eau Claire River Watershed C…

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced Dec. 31, adding that he will visit Beijing at a later date to open another round of talks aimed at resolving other sticking points in…

Farmers with interest in organic row crop and small grain production should plan to attend the fifth annual OGRAIN (Organic Grain Resource and Information Network) Winter Conference, which is set for Jan. 24-25 on the UW–Madison campus. This two-day conference will highlight issues critical …

The Red Cliff Mino Bimaadiziiwin Tribal Farm recently received grants totaling $80,000 to support the farm’s free- and reduced-price community supported agriculture program and enhance food sovereignty efforts.

UW-Extension’s Farm Pulse Continuum is a new program for farmers interested in learning how to use farm financials to explore their farm business decisions.

In the midst of the worst farm crisis since the 1980s, Farm Aid announced that it distributed more than $1 million in grant funding in 2019. Farm Aid prioritized organizations working to address challenges created by the dominant industrial agricultural system, which has pushed family farmer…

Six exceptional young farmers will participate in the 66th Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Awards Weekend Jan. 24-26, 2020, in Chippewa Falls, WI at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center. The finalists include:

MADISON — For his final Wisconsin agricultural statistics report of 2019, state statistician Greg Bussler had additional information to share, requested by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection board at their last meeting. This information included numbers on…

MADISON — Each year ahead of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Dairy Insights Summit, staff at PDPW contact experts in other agricultural industries to see if they would be interested in presenting to a group of dairy farmers and supporters. The aim is to uncover similar trends a…

The declining cost of photovoltaic solar installations has made installing a solar electric system enticing for many farmers, but there is more to consider than just the time it will take until the system will begin to turn a profit before installing a solar system, according to Ohio State U…

Wisconsin’s latest round of Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants has been awarded to 27 groups of farmers by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Farmers will work with conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues specific to t…

WISCONSIN DELLS — With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill almost a year ago now, hemp became legal to grow and process in all 50 states as it was removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Wisconsin was already one step ahead, enacting Act 100 in 2017 to allow for a pilot hemp program for re…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin conducting the 2019 Organic Survey to gather up-to-date data on organic crops and livestock in the U.S. this month. This special survey effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of organic…

The challenges facing farmers in Zimbabwe are often quite different from those facing farmers in the U.S. But according to Maria Bendixen, owner of Cowculations Consulting in Greenwood, working with farmers in Zimbabwe to find solutions to their problems has opened up possibilities she may n…

MADISON — One year ago, Darlington farmer Ray Scott contacted AgrAbility of Wisconsin after attending a neighbor-to-neighbor meeting hosted by AgrAbility. It was at that meeting that he saw a retrofitted pipeline track system that he thought could be useful to him and his operation, saving h…

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,…

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.