Farming

Books
2:51 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Thinking of Moving to the Country? Give This a Listen.

Farm life is all that it's cracked up to be - or perhaps more so.
Credit Sir Hectimere photo, via Flickr

Many people who live in the city or suburbs have had the somewhat romantic notion of giving up the rat race and buying a place in the country... maybe getting some chickens, growing some of your own food. It's tempting, especially after you've sat in rush hour traffic for a while.

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Drought
1:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Farmers Share Water Woes at the State Fair

A cow slurps water from a bucket at the State Fair.

Visitors flocked to State Fair Park Thursday, where the annual fair began its 11-day run. Farmers from every county in Wisconsin are showing their livestock, in hopes of winning the Blue Ribbon. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson found that one subject weighing heavily on many cattle owners’ minds is water.

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Drought
4:53 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Farmers Hoping for Rain to Salvage Season

Corn farmers are worried that this year could be a total loss because of the extreme heat and dry conditions.

Farmers in southeastern Wisconsin are wondering just how bad this growing season will be – or what might be salvageable. The drought in southern Wisconsin last week intensified from moderate to severe. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited Rob -N-Cin’s Farm in West Bend.The family-owned farm tends around 400 dairy cows and raises crops - alfalfa, corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Son Rick Roden fears this season could be devastating.

Project Milwaukee
9:01 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Wisconsin Outperforms States in Diversity of Crops

Lee Lerch on his farm in Fond Du Lac county.

Wisconsin has long been known as the ‘dairy’ state, but it actually grows the biggest variety of crops in the nation. Farmers here are tops in cranberries, while soy is also huge, so is corn. Wisconsin is also near the top when it comes to growing and processing vegetables and meats. In this segment of our series, “Project Milwaukee: What’s On Our Plate,” we touch upon just a few of the products and related operations that link farm to market.

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Project Milwaukee
8:58 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Organic Farming Factor

Ed Schoenberg's farm.

Wisconsin is second only to California, in the number of organic farms operating in the state.

The numbers, though, are still fairly low.

Of Wisconsin’s 78,000 farms, less than two percent are managed organically.

As we continue Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?” WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence digs a little deeper into the variety and spirit among the state’s organic farmers.

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Dairy Farming
12:31 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Dairy Farming Families Survive Worst Year Ever - Mayer Family

Calves at the Mayer farm
Erin Toner

In 2009, milk prices dropped so low that dairy farmers lost up to half their income. Some had to slaughter their cows because they couldn’t afford to feed them anymore. Others decided enough was enough, and sold their animals and their land.WUWM’s Erin Toner visits a family near Slinger who made it through last year, but just barely.

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Dairy Farming
10:33 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Dairy Farming Families Survive Worst Year Ever - Goeller Family

The Goeller's barn
Erin Toner

2009 was a make or break year for dairy farmers in Wisconsin. Milk prices dropped so low that most farmers had to go deeper into debt just to survive. Some lost so much money they had to sell their farms. Today, we begin a series profiling two dairy farming families in Wisconsin. Both managed to weather the worst year they can remember, and hope to stay in the business they love as long as they can.

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