April 4, 2014 - 10:45am
Organic vegetables from a Wisconsin CSA farm. Organic producers will consider forming a national research and promotional board, as other growers have for crops, meat and animal products. Photo: Brian Hoffman (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Organic farmers and producers will be deciding this year if they should create a federally backed marketing board that could help grow the industry. We've all heard the slogans “Beef: It's What's for Dinner,” and “Pork: The Other White Meat.” Those campaigns were brought to the public by the...
April 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
Farmers anxiously awaiting planting season are being told to hold off on applying manure to a good portion of their fields. The risk of nutrient runoff is high across most of the state.
March 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Wisconsin has experienced large spans of drought over the past few years. Photo: UW-Green Bay (CC-BY-NC-SA)
About 44 percent of Wisconsin is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, and pockets of the state are experiencing drought – a cause of concern for some corn and soybean farmers.
March 21, 2014 - 11:00am
About half the states, including Wisconsin, have introduced bills that require genetically modified foods be labeled. In addition, there's an effort to get a large Wisconsin grocery chain to label such products. Despite this, genetically modified crops remain popular with farmers.
March 11, 2014 - 2:00pm
A large portion of Wisconsin's sweet cherry crop has been lost this year. Photo: Tm (CC-BY-SA)
Wisconsin's cherry growers are surveying the damage to their crops after a particularly long and harsh winter.
March 7, 2014 - 3:00pm
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service postdoctoral associate John Spargo side-dresses an experimental plot of corn with pelletized poultry litter as a soil amendment in Beltsville, MD on June 10, 2011. Photo: Betty Marose for USDA (CC-BY-ND)
Universities throughout the Midwest are doing more and more organic agriculture research, and the scholarship is having an impact on the organic industry.
February 21, 2014 - 5:45pm
The majority of women who operate farms make less than $50,000 per year. Photo: Erik Nielson (CC-BY-NC-SA)
The 2012 Census of Agriculture finds that while women only make up a small percentage of all operators both nationally and in Wisconsin, they're still making an impact.
February 21, 2014 - 12:15pm
The number of farms in Wisconsin has dropped 12 percent in the last five years, from around 78,000 to 69,000. Photo: Jarrod Erbe (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Over the last five years Wisconsin has lost farms and farmland, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
February 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
NOAA weather map for Monday, Feb 17 2014.
While Monday's weather forecast is for a moderate snowfall, many scientists say their long time climate prediction includes more extreme weather events. That could make things more challenging for farmers trying to feed a growing world population. Climate scientists have been making a connection...
February 12, 2014 - 11:00am
Flooded fields, like this one from Calumet County, in May 2013, are innocuous when the ground below is clay, which protects the aquifers below. But if there are karst features like cracks or sinkholes, flooding means more risk that agricultural chemicals or manure will get into the groundwater below. Photo: Kate Golden/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
A 4,000-cow dairy farm in Kewaunee County wants to expand to 6,000 cows, but neighbors have filed suit to make sure any additional manure won't further contaminate their local water supply. Whatever the administrative law judge hearing the case this week decides could set a precedent in Wisconsin for large livestock farms.