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.
August 13, 2014 - 7:15pm
PEDV has a 90 percent fatality rate among baby pigs. Photo: Eden Pictures (CC-BY).
The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is reporting a lull in cases of a devastating virus that has killed millions of pigs nationwide . Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is a pig disease found mainly in Europe and Asia that causes extreme cases of diarrhea. For piglets...
August 6, 2014 - 4:15pm
Aquaponics-grown watercress on an urban farm in Milwaukee. Photo: Justin Leonard (CC-BY).
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is partnering with a Montello company to build an Aquaponics Innovation Center that will train workers and develop new techniques for a growing food production industry.
August 5, 2014 - 8:15pm
Public health advocates say that antibiotics in animal feed may be causing drug-resistant "superbugs" in humans. Photo: Austin Yoder (CC-BY).
Local doctors are calling on the federal government to further restrict the use of antibiotics in animal feed to reduce so-called “superbugs” in humans that are resistant to treatment.