Winter is preparation season for farmers. Seeds. Fertilizer. And considering—perhaps through gritted teeth—whether to pull the trigger on buying a major piece of equipment.
Local hemp farmers are feeling some relief from the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp production at the federal level and clarified the crop’s murky legality.
The UW-Whitewater-based Lands We Share initiative is collecting the histories of culturally diverse farms across the state and sharing their stories to start conversations.
The marijuana referendum passed earlier this month asked voters whether cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol—but that regulatory system is more complicated than many people might realize.
License and registration applications to grow industrial hemp in 2019 are now being accepted by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, according to a news release.
Weeds and heavy rains derailed Wisconsin's first legal hemp crop in roughly 70 years. It was discouraging for some, but others saw it as a great learning experience.
Four local women in agriculture will be honored next weekend at an outdoor farm-to-table brunch in downtown Janesville.
Whether their crops are bountiful or spare, apple growers across Rock and Walworth counties say the time is ripe for apples, with early fall varieties such as McIntosh, Holiday, Cortland and Zestar now ready.
Alliant Energy is seeking a conditional-use permit from the town of Beloit to allow a contractor to bring in 80 to 100 goats to graze a weedy area on the power plant property's southeast end off South Walters Road.
Chris Blakeney of Amazing Grace Family Farm estimated that recent rain has caused 25 percent of the farm’s current vegetable crop to rot or succumb to disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced several short-term relief programs designed to help farmers amid an escalating trade war.
Here are five things to know before the Walworth County Fair kicks off at the county fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn The fair runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.
If weather cooperates, organizers of the 2018 Rock River Thresheree think some 15,000 people might visit the annual event when it runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Thresherman's Park near Edgerton.
As fresh food becomes more accessible, CSA farms must evolve or risk closing. The answers? Farmer collaboration and customer flexibility.
Dozens of animal exhibitors in Rock and Walworth counties earned ribbons and awards at this year's Wisconsin State Fair.
A vast expanse of sunflowers outside Brodhead is serving as a fundraiser as a local conservancy group converts the land into a prairie.
After an agricultural workshop helped Lauren Rudersdorf learn how to nurture her desire to be a farmer, she'll be the one providing the inspiration Friday when she's in charge of the agricultural workshop at her farm west of Footville.
Evansville 4-H member Willie Templeton, 19, has won the Rock County 4-H Fair's Supreme Champion in the dairy cow division with 6-year-old Holstein cow Gwen.
As fair-goers bustled around the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds Wednesday evening, some farmers quietly shared concerns about the ongoing tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump
The Rock County Beef Cookout will feature ribeye steaks and hot dogs as its main course Friday.
Skelly's Farm Market will host a family-themed workshop next month to teach visitors about farm machinery, according to a press release.
Janet Gamble is still learning about hemp production, but growing the crop was an easy choice to help lagging finances at her vegetable farm, Turtle Creek Gardens.
The Ag Business Council of Rock County will host its annual golf outing July 11 at Prairie Woods Golf Course, according to a news release.
June is National Dairy Month, and the dairy-centric celebrations will continue this weekend at the Walworth County Dairy Breakfast.
This year's host for the Rock County Dairy Breakfast is a small operation that only milks about 50 cows.
Farmers have organized to test conservation practices to improve water quality. State officials say it's better than tighter regulations.
The story of Tracy Porter and her horse named Caz reached a pinnacle last month when he was named "Horse of the Year." But the happy ending almost didn't happen.
On the smallest of scales, Scott Johnson has brought potato farming back to Rock County and is using it to promote sustainable agriculture.
Pinnacle Dairy, a 5,800-cow megafarm west of Brodhead, still needs to get an environmental permit from Green County. But the project got a key state permit last week.
After years of decline, custom farm work is becoming more common. It’s more cost-efficient for farmers to hire someone for certain tasks than spend six figures on one piece of equipment.
DeeDee Golberg has circulated a petition to askthe Midwest Horse Fair, which bills itself as the country’s largest annual horse showcase, to allow a class at the fair exclusively for rescue horses.
Local crop specialist Hallie Metcalf recently capped off a yearlong program with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute and took a trip to Washington, D.C., last month to end the program.
The former chairman of the Rock County Drainage Board is suing the current board, the latest step in a drama that goes back more than a decade.
Bombastic trade threats between the United States and China might be nothing more than posturing. But in the fields of Rock County, a potentially damaged relationship with a major agricultural trading partner has some farmers worried.
Cheese factories in Green County and across Wisconsin are trying to keep up with a surge in milk supply. Green County could soon see another influx of milk if Pinnacle Dairy, a 5,000-cow megafarm five miles north of Decatur, earns final permit approval.
Rock County held steady in 2017 as one of Wisconsin’s most productive agriculture counties.
Few isolated wetlands are likely located in Rock County, but county officials are worried a bill awaiting Gov. Scott Walker’s signature could have negative effects on water quality and flooding potential statewide, including Rock County.
Pinnacle Dairy has begun construction on its 5,000-cow facility west of Brodhead, but it has yet to secure a final environmental permit and has accrued plenty of opposition in the process.
Adam and Jennifer Friemoth of Friemoth Farms successfully challenged three county-imposed conditions and likely can still expand their operation to 944 animal units like they originally wanted.
Nick Baker’s official job title is agriculture agent for UW Extension’s Rock County office. Thanks to job vacancies in Extension, his work responsibilities have taken him beyond his title’s geographical limits.
Production of the state’s two biggest field crops dipped in 2017, but the decrease wasn’t as large as some expected.
Unlike most crops that are planted, grown and harvested, tobacco production lasts long after the plant leaves the soil.