First woman to chair state Agriculture Committee dies

Wisconsin agriculture has lost a friend and advocate. Former 91st District State Representative Barbara Gronemus of Whitehall died Sunday away at 89. Gronemus, a Democrat, served in the state legislature for 26 years and was the first woman to ever…


Expert: Farmers Must Take Steps to Protect from Activists

Hundreds of animal rights activist groups are influencing the way farmers do business around the globe. As these activists become even more organized and their tactics evolve, agriculture advocates are encouraging farmers to protect themselves from…


FarmFirst to Host Dairy Risk Management Webinar on Tuesday, January 26

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is hosting a free dairy risk management webinar at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26. This free webinar event is open to all dairy farmers, regardless of cooperative membership. The hour-long webinar will feature…


ARC/PLC Recommendations Available as Deadline Draws Closer

Wisconsin farmers have until March 5th, 2021 to sign up for either ARC or PLC through their local FSA office. Dr. Paul Mitchell, the Director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute, is offering up his recommendations on which choices you should make as…


Hiring, management tools boost success on dairy farms

As 2021 gets underway, farmers are dealing with familiar issues, things like up-and-down milk prices and weather. Increasingly, the challenge of finding and keeping quality employees is becoming one of the standard issues as well.  But while milk…


Le Coulee Cheese Castle spreads the love for Wisconsin’s dairy industry

Every day may feel like a holiday in Wisconsin for fans of the state’s signature dairy product, but Jan. 20 marked a special day for dairy farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, and consumers alike as National Cheese Lover’s Day.  Nick Miller is a key…


Study Shows Farmers Protecting Water in Western Wisconsin

Farmers in a five-county area in western Wisconsin are showing the value of non-traditional farming practices, and their efforts are reducing potentially harmful runoff into streams and lakes, a new analysis shows. Field practices adopted by the…


Dairy Business Association Sets Legislative Priorities for 2021

The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s leading dairy advocacy group, today announced its top legislative and budget priorities for this year’s session. Among the group’s areas of focus are improving the program that regulates larger farms,…


Lake Mills FFA Member Snags Grant for Chapter with Essay Contest Win

Sydney Burling of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, has been named the Wisconsin state winner of the 2021 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “If you could invent a new technology to improve agriculture, what would it…


DNR Seeking Nominations For 2020 Hunter Ethics Award

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for its annual Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award. Nominees are selected based on exceptional moral actions and character while out in the field. Established in 1997, the…