April 17, 2014 - 4:00pm
One of the seed packets with the open-source pledge distributed at the rally. Photo: Adam Hirsch/WPR.
A group of 50 people gathered on a chilly spring day in Madison on Thursday to receive new varieties of seeds, after making a pledge that they'll keep the new strains of grains and vegetables within the public domain.
April 16, 2014 - 10:30am
Citizens demand cleanup of groundwater contamination at a DNR hearing in Adams County. Photo: Glen Moberg / WPR News
A public hearing for a cattle farm in Adams County drew a crowd of angry residents Tuesday, demanding that groundwater be cleaned up before the DNR issues a new permit.
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.