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.
February 5, 2014 - 11:30am
The U.S. Senate has passed the long-awaited $956 billion Farm Bill, and a small portion of that funding will go towards programs aimed at growing local food systems.
February 3, 2014 - 10:15am
Industrial hemp, a plant that's been banned since the 1970s, could once again be grown in Wisconsin if the legislature allows it.
January 31, 2014 - 10:30am
Republican state lawmakers are considering giving cities and businesses alternatives for reducing phosphorus runoff.
January 30, 2014 - 5:15pm
Republican state lawmakers are weighing a plan that would roll back the power of the Department of Natural Resources to regulate high capacity wells in Wisconsin.
January 29, 2014 - 4:30pm
The U.S. House has passed a new Farm Bill, which includes major reforms that aim to stabilize dairy prices.
January 28, 2014 - 6:45pm
The new permit would cover all farm equipment and vehicles heavier than 92,000 pounds. Photo: John Hartnup (CC-BY-SA)
State Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, and Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, both of whom are farmers, are backing a bill that would update transportation rules for agricultural machinery.
January 27, 2014 - 10:30am
Spending on hired labor increased by almost $100 million in Wisconsin in 2013. Photo: Public domain.
As operations expand and wages increase, farms in Wisconsin are spending more on hired labor.
January 23, 2014 - 6:45pm
Wisconsin produced a record 27.7 billion pounds of milk in 2013. Photo: DNR
Wisconsin’s dairy industry continued to break production and revenue records in 2013, and researchers predict that those trends will continue. According to this year’s Status of Wisconsin Agriculture report produced by the University of Wisconsin, a record 27.7 billion pounds of milk was produced...
January 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Republican state lawmakers are again exploring a plan that would lift the Wisconsin's longstanding ban on selling large tracts of farmland to foreign investors.