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News, Blogs, and Information about farming in the Chippewa Valley.

New Livestock Siting Rules and DATCP head dead in water

Brad Pfaff
November 2, 2019

There was some hope that when Governor Evers took office there would be progress on some of the state-wide issues that have been sitting moribund in the legislature. At least on the agricultural front, it appears that the GOP is ensuring little progress. 

How To Smell A CAFO

Smell Sensors
October 29, 2019

Russ Hanson is determined to live a better retirement than his in-laws did. For him that means steering clear of the odors that can accompany large livestock farms.

What Is Wisconsin's Right-To-Farm Law And Who Does It Protect?

Farm
October 23, 2019

Daily life for many Wisconsinites is permeated with the sights, sounds and smells of agriculture. But as a growing number of livestock farms in Wisconsin expand to massive sizes, sometimes housing thousands of animals in relatively close quarters, the sensations these farms arouse among their neighbors can lead to intense personal conflicts.

New Season of Around The Farm Table starts tonight

Around the Farm Table
October 10, 2019

The next season of Around the Farm Table with Inga Witscher starts tonight. If you tune in you will be happy to see that local fruit grower Mary Dirty Face Farm is one of the local farmers Inga visits tonight. 7:30 PM tonight on WPT.

Why Homegrown Garlic Is Best Planted In Autumn

October 10, 2019

Ed. Note - I am at the moment getting ready to plant the garlic at Cruiskeen Lawn Farm

When most of Wisconsin's farmers are focused on harvesting the season's corn, potatoes and cranberries, some of them — along with a good many home gardeners — are already preparing to plant one crop that won't be ready to pick until the following summer: garlic.

WFU - As Perdue rips opens rural America’s wounds, farmers get fired up

October 5, 2019

Farmers Union voices disappointment in Secretary Perdue’s disconnect with family farmers

Darrin Von Rudin
October 1, 2019

Governor Evers speaks at 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

Tony Evers speech on Clean Water at Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference 2019

August 16, 2019

At yesterday's Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference Governor Evers spoke about different clean water initiatives in the state, and the need to improve and protect water quality. One irony of the day was that while we were all talking about clean water at the conference, we had to keep the kids at the camp event out of the water at the lovely beach at Kamp Kenwood because the lake was suffering from the same blue-green algae bloom being seen at multiple sites across the state.

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin Farmers Union 2019 Summer Conference

August 16, 2019

One main focus of the 2019 Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference was clean water. The conference this year featured a demonstration of water runoff from different kinds of farming practices. The demonstration was done by Pheasants Forever and showed how modern farming practices can limit water runoff and loss of nutrients while ensuring more of the rainfall actually infiltrates the soil.

What Does CAFO Oversight Look Like In Wisconsin And Who Pays For It?

June 26, 2019

Wisconsin's agricultural bounty is possible thanks in part to the state's voluminous supply of freshwater. At the same time, the use of this resource to grow crops and nourish livestock poses risks to the quality of these waters. The effects of agricultural practices on the state's rivers, lakes, wetlands and groundwater can come by way of soil erosion, water overuse, chemicals and livestock manure.

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