Dairy

  • Study: Dairy farmers have more beneficial gut bacteria thanks to their cows

    Marshfield Clinic Research Institute study is first to look at microbiome impacts of farmers’ exposure to cows and manure.

    Study: Dairy farmers have more beneficial gut bacteria thanks to their cows
  • Wisconsin dairy farms closely watching avian flu cases in cattle

    The director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory says a confirmed case of the virus in a person on a dairy farm emphasizes the need for vigilance.

    Wisconsin dairy farms closely watching avian flu cases in cattle
  • Wisconsin has lost 10 percent of its farms since 2017

    The data shows Wisconsin’s remaining farms have more land, higher profits and larger herds. 

    Wisconsin has lost 10 percent of its farms since 2017
  • Thanksgiving food prices are down slightly from 2022

    A Thanksgiving meal will cost Wisconsinites slightly less this year than it did in 2022, thanks to lower turkey prices. An annual survey of grocery store prices by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau found a typical holiday meal for 10 people cost $58.81 this year. That’s 80 cents, or around 1 percent, less than last year’s…

    Thanksgiving food prices are down slightly from 2022
  • Northwoods Republican responds to issues facing residents like water quality, wolf management

    Amid leadership turnover at Wisconsin’s environmental agency and distrust in drinking water, a Northwoods legislator says the state should take incremental policy steps to address concerns like toxic PFAS chemicals. State Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, leads the state Assembly’s Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation. During a recent appearance on WPR’s “The Morning Show,”…

    Northwoods Republican responds to issues facing residents like water quality, wolf management
  • Head of the EPA tours horseradish farm to tout investments in climate-smart practices

    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited a family-run farm in Eau Claire on Wednesday to promote the Biden administration’s investments in rural America. Last week, President Joe Biden announced more than $5 billion included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act will be used to help farms adapt to climate change,…

    Head of the EPA tours horseradish farm to tout investments in climate-smart practices
  • Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark ruling that reaffirmed the 1837 treaty rights of a northern Wisconsin tribe to hunt, fish and gather on ceded territory. In 1983, two brothers from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Fred and Mike Tribble, were arrested for spearfishing outside the boundaries of…

    Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights
  • RECIPE: Lavender lemon curd crepe filling

    Ingredients: 3/4-1 cup sugar (depending how sweet or tart you like your curd 1/2 cup lemon juice 6 large egg yolks 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter (10 tablespoons), cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 c food grade lavender Directions: Mix the sugar, lemon juice, lavender and egg yolks in a heavy bottom saucepan. Cook…

    RECIPE: Lavender lemon curd crepe filling
  • Amid new rules on antibiotics in livestock, Wisconsin farmer says producers still need medications

    New federal guidance will define how long farms can feed antibiotics to livestock as a way to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. But some Wisconsin farmers say they want to make sure they don’t lose access to medications that keep their animals healthy. The Food and Drug Administration recently published new draft guidance…

    Amid new rules on antibiotics in livestock, Wisconsin farmer says producers still need medications
  • Wisconsin farmer groups disappointed, unsurprised by lack of action on farm bill

    The Sept. 30 expiration date is fast approaching for the farm bill, which funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and a wide range of agriculture and conservation programs. But many federal lawmakers and Wisconsin farm groups say it’s unlikely a new version of the legislation, which is passed about every five years, will be close…

    Wisconsin farmer groups disappointed, unsurprised by lack of action on farm bill