July 17, 2014 - 12:45pm
A Ridgeland Harvest CSA package that includes broccoli, basil, and scallions. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR News.
Employers around Wisconsin have begun setting up CSA drop-off sites in their offices, enabling workers to take boxes of fresh vegetables home with them when the workday is over — a trend that proponents say could be an economic and nutritional boon for communities.
July 12, 2014 - 4:00pm
Above, a farmers' market in Appleton. Photo: Pat Dye (CC-BY-NC-SA).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a project involving the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Farmers' Market Coalition to better track sales at farmers' markets and collect other information that could be useful to vendors and communities.
July 7, 2014 - 12:30pm
Thanks to recent research suggesting it’s not as unhealthy as people once thought, butter has been rising in popularity. Photo: Paul Swansen (CC-BY-ND).
The nation’s butter inventory is much lower than it usually is at this time of year, which could mean higher prices for consumers.
July 3, 2014 - 4:45pm
Above, some of the goats that were introduced to Heritage Hill. Photo: Patty Murray/WPR News.
A state park in Green Bay has rented a herd of sheep and goats that will spend the holiday weekend eating unwanted plants to make way for native vegetation. Dan Katers, who manages the farms and gardens at Heritage Hill, an historical interpretive park, said the 75 rented goats and 15 sheep are...
July 3, 2014 - 1:30pm
Fresh and raw products are not covered under the trade agreement, which could affect Wisconsin’s cranberry industry. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR News.
After months of negotiations, the United States and South Korea have finally reached an organic food trade agreement, a development that could benefit Wisconsin's dairy industry.
June 30, 2014 - 9:45am
June’s rain has been good for many farms in Wisconsin. | Photo: Michael Leland/WPR
While the month of June has been a very rainy month for much of Wisconsin, it's far from the rainiest on record, according to weather officials.
June 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
Data shows that owners have steadily been getting older on average. Photo: Leslie (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Recognizing the need to cultivate more new farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling out several programs aimed at helping beginning farmers get through their first years.
June 24, 2014 - 1:30pm
In Wisconsin, commercial honey bees are trucked in to help with the apple and cranberry harvests. Photo: Youngryand (CC-BY-NC-SA).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin giving grants to Midwestern farmers to grow more wildflowers, in hopes that doing so will improve dwindling honey bee populations.
June 10, 2014 - 6:45pm
Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a cheese by the Uplands Cheese Company that's aged on wooden boards. Photo: Paul Goyette (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Wisconsin cheese makers are worried that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may no longer let them use wooden boards to age their cheese, which helps control the ripening process.
June 10, 2014 - 12:45pm
The annual corn-planting deadline, which farmers must meet to qualify for crop insurance, has passed in Wisconsin. Photo: Michael Leland/WPR News.
Farmers have practically caught up with planting after a cold and wet spring, with the USDA estimating that the percentage of crops planted in Wisconsin is almost in line with the state’s five-year average.