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Local Organic Milk Supplier Closing

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We are very sorry to hear that local organic dairy pioneer is closing down. Castle Rock was one of the first dairies in the area to ship organic milk in returnable glass bottles and has since expanded to produce ice cream, eggs, and butter.

Why Homegrown Garlic Is Best Planted In Autumn

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.

Where In Wisconsin Do Hardiness Zone Shifts Reflect A Changing Climate?

For centuries, gardeners have depended on tradition and long-honed folk knowledge to inform their spring planting decisions. Although many American gardeners may still prefer to sow their seeds guided by the advice of their forebears today they have another source of information.

Menomonie Market Funds Our Foodshed

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For the second year, Menomonie Market Food Co-op has awarded grants to local farmers to promote the growth of regional farming, food processing, and product development in the Chippewa Valley.

90% of the farms in the US are classified as small according to the USDA. Although an increasing amount of our food comes from large agricultural concerns, small farms help to maintain our rural economies, steward our resources and are incubators for new agricultural opportunities.

7 Trends That Explain The Contours Of Wisconsin's Deepening Dairy Crisis

A maelstrom of economic and demographic forces are hammering Wisconsin's dairy farmers. But what's causing such exceptional distress in one of the state's iconic industries? Here are six charts — and a map — that can help make sense of these complex trends.

The Road to Change: Farmers rally in Iowa for Farmer Bill of Rights

Farmers Union Members by Bus

STORM LAKE, Iowa – “When family farms prosper, everyone prospers.” Scribed on the back of their shirts, that was the message that Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) members carried to the inaugural Heartland Forum in Iowa on March 30.

Interviews at Heartland Forum

Amy Klobuchar

Julian Castro and Amy Klobuchar interviews at Heartland Forum Storm Lake Iowa, 3/30/2019

During the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake Iowa several of the presidential candidates took part in informal press gaggles during the event.  These are interesting events, with a large number of TV and Radio reporters fighting for room near the interviewee. As is obvious from the video, I did not always win that battle, but bear with that. There are two interviews, one with Julian Castro and one with Amy Klobuchar.

Wisconsin Farmers Union travels to Farmers Bill of Rights Rally

Sarah Lloyd speaks at rally

Farmers Bill of Rights Rally

I was privileged to be able to travel with the Wisconsin Farmers Union to the Farmers Bill of Rights rally in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 30. Members from around the state traveled together on a bus, with most of the members being from the Chippewa Valley area. 

Live from the Heartland Forum - update, includes video

Elizabeth Warren at Farmers Rights Rally

I have just left the Farmer's Rights rally in Storm Lake Iowa. I came down on the bus with the Wisconsin Farmers Union. We left Chippewa Falls at 4 AM today.  Later in the week there will be a video of the Rally, and photos. 

Heartland Forum

Antitrust panel at WFU State Convention 2019

Wis.Community will be traveling with the Wisconsin Farmers Union to the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake Iowa. The trip will include the forum itself, which is the first candidate forum of the 2020 campaign season. It will also include a Farmer Bill of Rights Rally sponsored by Family Farm Action.

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