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'I have, as of late, lost all my mirth,' Hamlet, the soul-searching twenty-something, uttered to his school buddies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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A bill that would loosen restrictions on sales of raw milk in Wisconsin is still pending. The bill passed a state senate committee in November, but has not advanced past that stage. 

Anna Metscher’s evolution spans from “non-vegetable eating” child in Milwaukee; to budding farmer who savors nearly everything fresh from her field.

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Among the myriad of topics organic farmers are discussing at the MOSES conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin is how to stay small and make a profit.

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A major pizza maker is cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm because of a video showing workers at the farm mistreating cows.

A family on Milwaukee's west side is taking urban farming to a new place - inside their apartment.

The United States has not revised its food safety laws in more than 70 years. Change is coming – in the form of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Many local growers fear its impact.

Every five years or so, the U.S. farm bill sets policy from subsidies to food stamps. The latest is overdue. What could that mean for Wisconsin?

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Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of the city life, people need to escape. Some escape to the country roads of Wisconsin, looking for that serenity.

The Virginia-based Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has filed an appeal, on behalf of a Wisconsin dairy farmer. In May, a state court convicted Vernon Hershberger of violating a hold the state had put on his raw milk products, a seal, indicating they should not be sold publicly.

However, the jury found him not guilty of producing milk, operating a dairy plant and selling retail food without licenses.

On the misdemeanor conviction, the judge fined Hershberger $1,000.

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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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The issue of raw milk sales – is again a hot one in Wisconsin. People on both sides are crowding into a courtroom, to witness the trial of a dairy farmer from Sauk County.

Not all, that many years ago, organic farming might have elicited the rolling of eyes. Today, the practice of growing products without chemicals seems common. However, a related approach remains relatively unknown.

Called biodynamics, it involves the use of harvested plants and remains of dead animals. Advocates kicked off a five-day North American conference in Madison on Wednesday.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out to learn more about the farming practice that dates back to the turn of the last century.

She begins at a dandelion harvesting event outside of Elkhorn.

You many find a few descriptions “unsavory.”

Petra Duffner knew nothing about biodynamics – until 1991.

That was the year she took a break from college in her native Germany and landed on this farm in southeastern Wisconsin.



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.

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.

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