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

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.

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

Darrin Von Rudin
October 1, 2019

#000000;">Earlier today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the World Dairy Expo that he didn’t know if small family dairy farms can survive as the industry evolves. #000000;">“In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue told reporters and farmers gathered to meet him.

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.

Wisconsin Farmers Union - Accepting Federal Medicaid Funds could help struggling farmers

Eau Claire Healthcare Rally
June 24, 2019

#222222;">Wisconsin Farmers Union applauds the Joint Finance Committee vote last week to fund the University of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub. This important investment in our land-grant universities is essential for Wisconsin to remain a leader in the dairy industry.

Wisconsin's Place In A Bewildering Milk Pricing System

April 25, 2019

A stubborn slump in milk prices is hammering Wisconsin's dairy industry. In 2015, prices plummeted, and have yet to recover. In 2018, the state lost dairy herds at a record-breaking pace, and led the nation in farm bankruptcies.

Time to decide what ‘reality’ we want for America’s Dairyland

Danielle Endvick
March 22, 2019

Upcoming Dairy Together Road Show brings hope, research for a path forward

By Danielle Endvick | WFU Communications Director

“Reality.” It’s a word I’ve run across lately more than I’d like.

Erin Link - Finding the Right Fit

February 4, 2019

#3e3e3e; font-family: 'Quattrocento Sans', sans-serif; text-align: justify;">Hey! It's the first week of February, and we just got done with the polar vortex of DOOM! Seeing negative forty on my thermometer is a bit frightening. Thankfully these cold temps didn't last for long, and all the farm critters were tucked away and did just fine. The geese even opted to sleep outside on hay piles during this cold snap. They are such hardy little critters!

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