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Wisconsin Farmers Union Sets 2020 Policy Priorities

February 3, 2020

Photo - Wisconsin Farmers Union members lined up for a chance to share their insights during the grassroots policy discussion at the 89th WFU State Convention Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Rothschild. At the mic is District 3 Director Ed Gorell of Eleva. 

Wisconsin Farmers Union on Pfaff firing

November 6, 2019
Wisconsin Farmers Union appreciates Brad Pfaff's long-time commitment to family farmers, and we are disappointed in the dysfunction witnessed on the Senate floor today. Pfaff, who was incredibly qualified and already had spent nearly a year in his role, was sacrificed for standing up for the very family farmers he is meant to represent.   

Senate fires DATCP secretary nominee Pfaff

Brad Pfaff
November 5, 2019

Today Governor Tony Evers celebrated his 68th birthday sitting in the Senate chamber and watching his nominee for DATCP Secretary go down in flames. The Senate spent much of the day debating rules and jockeying for power over what testimony would be allowed in the discussion about Secretary-Elect Pfaff. 

Putting the people above the politics

Darin Van Ruden
November 4, 2019

#222222;">Recent developments in Madison have threatened livestock siting rule changes, leaving our water and rural communities at risk.

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?

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

#000000;">In an Oct. 1 meeting with reporters at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tied the current dairy crisis to economies of scales, telling reporters, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.”

#000000;">It might have been refreshing to hear a politician speak so plainly, had the line not been so apathetic that it hit the attending farmers like a kick in the guts.

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    Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. In 2018, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety reported . National Farm Safety and Health Week takes place every year during the third week of September to acknowledge the dangers when farming, especially now, while farmers are harvesting. This year’s theme, “Every Farmer Counts,” compels us to recognize that behind these alarming statistics, there are lives lost and real families impacted by these tragedies.


    As you’re reading this, National Farm Safety and Health Week has already passed. Ensuring the health and well-being of farmworkers is something we should take seriously every single day, not just one week out of the year. Our farmers have tremendous pride in what they do and what they produce. Their work in feeding America cannot be downplayed or taken for granted, because we know the health risks that are a part of the job are very real.


    Harvest time is especially dangerous for farmers who become exposed to silo gas in their farm structure or become trapped in a silo while it’s being filled. Heavy machinery with all the working parts can also be dangerous. All it takes is a lapse of concentration for a moment and a person can get caught in a position they can’t get out of. Years ago, I got my pant leg caught in the power takeoff of my tractor and took quite a while to cut myself free. Fortunately, in my case, my tractor shut down before causing permanent damage. I was lucky.


    Keeping hands and legs out of harm’s way is not the only approach to avoid injury. Tractor rollovers cause horrific accidents, which is why roll bars are recommended on tractors even when mowing.


    This time of year, especially, we’re all responsible to look out for farm machinery on the road. Farmers are recommended to have emergency flashers on their machinery, but that doesn’t always happen. Farm machinery is generally wide and slow. Even when they’re off to the side, it can be difficult to see around them and passing can be treacherous.


    Take care when coming across farm machinery on the road. Remember that machinery has the right of way and they won’t be on the road for a long distance. Be patient and only pass when the driver signals it’s safe or there’s a clear vision of the road ahead.


    Obvious dangers may cause injury or even death on a farm, but some are more subtle. It’s just as important we emphasize the need for mental health support as much as identifying protections for farmers’ physical health. In the last couple of years, the loss of life through suicide has taken an especially tragic toll on farming families.


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