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.
April 30, 2014 - 3:15pm
Above, rain over a Jefferson County farm field. Photo: Jibby7 (CC-BY-NC).
Heavy rain across Wisconsin may have ended drought in parts of the state, but it's also making fields wet and preventing farmers from tilling their land, spreading manure, or planting seeds.
April 28, 2014 - 4:15pm
The AEA program allows farmers to commit land to agricultural use for 15 years in return for tax credits on their acreage. Photo: Randen Pederson (CC-BY)
Wisconsin has doubled the amount of land in the state that can be designated an agricultural enterprise area. The designation is one tool communities can use to help preserve farmland.
April 28, 2014 - 4:00pm
Members of the Victory Garden Initiative help plant trees outside the Highland Community School in Milwaukee. Photo: Chuck Quirmbach/WPR.
The Victory Garden Initiative, a project funded by private and corporate donations, has tried to bring better nutrition to the Milwaukee food desert over the past five years by planting orchards around the city.
April 28, 2014 - 2:30pm
Above, the Dane County Farmers' Market. Photo: Howard Walfish (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Roughly a third of all farmers' markets in Wisconsin accept food stamps as payment, but that number could soon increase thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program.
April 25, 2014 - 5:15pm
In some areas of rural Wisconsin, dialup via modem remains the only access to the Internet. Photo: Nkolous (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Rural Wisconsin needs better internet access: that's the consensus from a series of listening sessions being held by the United States Department of Agriculture.
April 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
Bill Greendeer peers into one of the freshwater springs on his land where beds of watercress grow. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR.
As modern farming techniques and high-tech distractions become more common, members of the Ho-Chunk Nation are working to make sure that knowledge of indigenous plants and the act of gathering them is not lost.
April 23, 2014 - 5:30pm
Kristina Beuning, left, and Whitney Coleman, right, owners of Home for a Hen. Photo: Richard Kremer/WPR.
For urban dwellers in Wisconsin interested in getting a feel and a taste for farming, there’s a new option: renting a chicken from Home for a Hen, a first-of-its-kind business in Wisconsin.
April 22, 2014 - 3:45pm
Forbes Adam holds a few of the shrimp in his Westby tanks. Photo: Maureen McCollum / WPR News
The aquaculture industry in Wisconsin could be in for a boost, as techniques for growing marine life in artificial ponds are leading to the state's first indoor shrimp farm.
April 18, 2014 - 3:45pm
A virus affecting pigs continues to sweep across the country, and the national piglet death toll continues to climb into the millions.