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.
June 5, 2014 - 8:00pm
In CSAs, people directly support farmers in exchange for a share of produce. Photo: Sandor Weisz (CC-BY-NC).
The most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture census indicated that while the average age of traditional farmers has increased to 58, the average age of community supported agriculture (CSA) farmers is 38.
May 27, 2014 - 9:45am
Photo: Michael Leland/WPR
Sales have been brisk at Wisconsin garden centers as homeowners look to replace shrubs and trees that were damaged by a long, cold winter. But experts say before people dig those plants up, they might want to take a closer look. Wisconsinites don't have to wander far to find a brown, dead-looking...
May 21, 2014 - 11:45am
A farmer selling produce at a farmers' market in Beloit. Photo: Mark's Postcards (CC-BY-NC-ND).
Consumers are increasingly buying produce, dairy, and meat directly from Wisconsin farmers, at least part of which is linked to the rise of the local food movement.
May 8, 2014 - 5:15pm
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack outlined a number of new local food initiatives Thursday that are included in the most recent Farm Bill.
May 8, 2014 - 1:00pm
A map of existing conservation easements, as of Dec 2013. Map: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Farmers, tribes, local governments, and organizations have less than a month to apply for federal assistance to purchase agricultural easements, a designation used to protect farmland and prevent development. Federal lawmakers created the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program through the most...
May 6, 2014 - 4:30pm
Above, a satellite image of the Upper Midwest from 2013. Photo: Public Domain.
The government report released on Tuesday predicts that while climate change may help increase crop yields in the Midwest in the short term, those gains will be offset in the long term by extreme weather.
May 6, 2014 - 11:15am
New data being gathered in western Chippewa County will help determine how frac sand mining and agriculture may impact groundwater levels, but the data-gathering process will take several years.