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As farmers wrap up this year’s harvest and auger in the last few bushels of grain into the bin, their attention will turn to managing that grain so it is of high quality when it is ready to se…

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Small, inconsistent showers did little to replenish soil moisture, as dry conditions persisted for another week, according to the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. Soil moisture le…

JASPER COUNTY — Harvest has been coming along very well with very little weather delays until this week (Oct. 19). State wide 48% of the corn is harvested compared to the five year average of …

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With colder temperatures and extreme weather conditions just around the corner it’s important to take note of issues affecting dairy cows during the winter season. Basic problems such as pneumonia, teat-skin damage, mastitis and frostbite can lay claim to unprepared and ill-cared-for animals.

The new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus recently was completed. In-person celebrations couldn’t be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic but completion of the facility was observed by dignitaries on pre-recorded videos posted Nov. 6.

The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation recently began an ornament sale and membership drive. The foundation is offering for free a Wisconsin State Fair “Stickin’ it to 2020” ornament, with any Friend of the Fair membership purchased for the 2021 fair. The ornament, which represents the perennial favorite “food-on-a-stick,” also is sold separately.

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What’s “old school?” Being able to make a barbwire gate ranks high on my list of capabilities that might put one in the esteemed character level I refer to as “old school.” One doesn’t need to be old to be old-school – and Bubba was proof of that. That’s right, Bubba. And I’m not lying when I say I met Bubba at Bubba’s.

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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is providing regular updates on department activities. Randy Romanski, the agency’s secretary-designee, recently shared the department’s activities related to food security, the Tri-National Agricultural Accord, and a second case of mink testing that was positive for the SAR-CoV-2 infection.

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More consumers indicate they’re trying to eat more plant-based foods; that’s pushing alternative proteins into a mainstream phenomenon, according to “OutsideVoice,” a consumer-insights platform developed by Archer Daniels Midland. And makers of alternative-meat products are working to increase production and efficiency with technologies such as protein fermentation.

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Years ago I had my first exposure to weeds that had become resistant to herbicides. As my agronomy center’s first responder to complaints about underperforming herbicide applications I was stumped as to why a single weed species had survived.

MADELINE ISLAND, Wis. – Foreclosures, natural disasters, policies that destroy markets and businesses. In recent years many families have needed to leave farms and farming – not by choice but by necessity. It’s not a new trend. It’s something that has gone on worldwide for centuries. The loss of connection to the land and the natural world is felt in families for generations. It’s a hurt felt to the quick of one’s soul. Many need a way to heal.

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Feeder pig prices have rebounded after being impacted by the pandemic. The Livestock Marketing Information Center says one source of support for feeder pig prices has been increasing sow slaughter levels.

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These are the easiest pies I’ve made. They’re simple, fast and our favorites. Just in case anyone finds pie-making daunting, try Pecan Pie Bars. The scrumptious little bars are delightful.

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OPINION  An alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates have unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy.