Losing Wisconsin farms, Rising sea levels

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A farm with a white exterior can be seen behind rows and rows of green corn stalks.
Rows of crops grow near a farm in Lafayette County on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Angela Major/WPR

An agriculture expert helps us understand what happens when farms close down in Wisconsin. Then, a climate scientist takes us through projections of a rising sea level in the U.S.

Featured in this Show

  • WHYsconsin: What happens when a farm goes under?

    A former family farmer and crisis counselor for farmers helps explain what’s behind the loss of Wisconsin farms over the last several decades, and the toll that takes on the farming families.

    This segment was inspired by an audience question as part of the WHYsconsin project. Submit your question at wpr.org/WHYsconsin and we might answer it in a future story.

  • A new report says sea levels could rise one foot in 30 years

    A new report from the federal government says sea levels could rise one foot in 30 years. We talk to a climate scientist about what that could mean for coastal communities, and non-coastal communities like Wisconsin.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Daniel Smith Guest
  • Michael Mann Guest

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