September 26, 2014 - 2:25pm
Bell peppers sold at the Dane County Farmers' Market. Photo: Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND).
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are partnering with chefs and local farmers to breed tastier vegetables as part of a national movement to increase use of locally grown produce in restaurants and markets.
September 22, 2014 - 4:15pm
School gardens have become increasingly popular across the state, but one high school in southwest Wisconsin is taking its school garden to the next level by raising chickens, which will eventually be served to students in the school's cafeteria.
September 19, 2014 - 9:15pm
The report found that food processing, including cheese making, generated more money than on-farm activity. Photo: Patrick Kuhl (CC-BY).
A new report from a University of Wisconsin agricultural economics professor finds that the ag industry generated more than $88 billion in 2012 and supports about 413,000 jobs — totals that are well above pre-Recession levels.
September 17, 2014 - 1:10pm
The price of corn is currently falling. Photo: Theresa B. (CC-BY-NC-SA).
The average cost of renting land to raise crops in Wisconsin has increased from last year, a trend that comes as corn prices have been falling.
September 11, 2014 - 12:45pm
Sen. Jay Rockefeller is sponsoring a bill to increase rail company regulation. Photo: Jay Rockefeller (CC-BY).
The U.S. Senate Transportation Committee discussed possible ways to address drastically slower rates of rail shipments across the country — a potential crisis not just in terms of getting coal to utilities, but also in terms of farmers transporting record wheat harvests to market.
August 28, 2014 - 3:15pm
A rice bed in Three Lakes. Photo: Megan Khines (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Wisconsin's wild rice crop appears to be doing well, despite high water levels on northern lakes and rivers this past spring.
August 27, 2014 - 10:15pm
Cattle grazing on a hill near Eau Claire. Photo: Citizen 4474 (CC-BY).
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s farm income forecast, the nation’s net farm income will be down 14 percent this year as corn and soybean prices dwindle. Wisconsin farmers, however, will fare better than others across the country.
August 25, 2014 - 7:45pm
Above, a flooded cranberry bog in Cranmoor. Photo: Paul Boyette (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Chinese food buyers will be in Wisconsin on Tuesday to talk about importing more agricultural products.
August 20, 2014 - 8:30pm
Above, organic ramps sold at the Dane County Farmers' Market. Photo: beautifulcataya (CC-BY-NC-ND).
The U.S. Dairy Administration says it will begin reprimanding companies that misuse the "organic" label on their products, a development that has left many local organic producers pleased.
August 18, 2014 - 12:15pm
Above, cranberries grown at the Wetherby Cranberry Company in central Wisconsin. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR News.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s forecast for this year’s cranberry crop now predicts 5.3 million barrels of fruit will be harvested in Wisconsin, a decrease of 10 percent compared with last year’s crop.