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A new “Resilient Wisconsin” initiative is providing tools and resources to Wisconsinites dealing with stress and mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Each season, plant diseases may arise that potentially limit crop productivity. There are several maps farmers can use to help track some of the most mobile diseases, including rusts of wheat, corn and soybeans.

Planting season will soon be upon us, despite the current pandemic. Proper planter set-up is critical for optimizing plant spacing no matter the color, age or size of your planter.

Editor's note: This article is part of a series featuring members of the Soil Sisters, an official program of Renewing the Countryside. The community of women farmers advocate for family farming and locally produced food.

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As the coronavirus sweeps across the globe sickening humans, scientists are making progress on developing tests that could help combat a different deadly disease — African swine fever, which has been ravaging hog herds.

In the coming weeks as spring starts to bring warmer temperatures, grain held through the winter at a high moisture content should be dried or marketed as soon as possible to prevent quality loss and mold growth.

Large supplies of pork will be coming down the pipeline in the coming months. The USDA released its quarterly Hogs and Pigs report last week, which included an overall inventory that was up 4% from a year ago, although down slightly from December 2019.

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The challenges of rural broadband access are becoming quite clear as students and employees shift to distance learning and working from home in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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The $2.2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security “CARES” package is intended to help businesses including farms as well as workers and a health-care system staggered by the coronavirus. President Donald Trump signed it into law March 27 after the House voted final congressional approval.

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The board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation recently approved a payment of $62.7 million in excess insurance funds to Farm Credit System banks.