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Regulators approve $255 million wind farm for Alliant Energy

From the Wisconsin State Journal, December 14, 2018. From the Wisconsin regulators gave Alliant Energy approval Thursday to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in northern Iowa that the utility says will help meet its renewable energy goals while saving customers money. With a cost of about $255 million, the Kossuth Wind Project is expected to […]

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Wisconsin Nonprofit Re-Imagines Traditional CSAs

From Foodtank, Fall 2018. Box after box of pre-cut, frozen produce line the shelves of Central Rivers Farmshed’s enormous freezer beside Executive Director, Layne Cozzolino’s office. Nearby, paid kitchen manager and previous restaurant owner, Jan Walter, peels and cuts butternut squash into large chunks. She then sends them through a hand-operated machine that creates smaller cubes—perfect […]

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Platte River Power to go 100% zero-carbon by 2030

From PV Magazine, December 7, 2018. The Colorado generation co-op has one-upped Xcel Energy, as the 100% renewable energy movement grows even in the energy industry. However, there are some sticky caveats. For years, 100% renewable energy was a visionary idea, not a concrete goal in public policy. And it certainly was not the aim […]

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Behind the scenes at one of the Midwest’s biggest organic cranberry farms

From Citypages, December 6, 2018. Though I grew up near New Jersey’s cranberry bogs, I didn’t witness the harvest until I moved to the Midwest. It’s breathtaking: Crimson ponds pulse under the bluest autumn skies, and sandhill cranes arch their graceful necks on shore. (The name “cranberry” was inspired by those birds; they were once […]

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Chemicals in cosmetics, soaps tied to early puberty in girls

From Reuters, December 3, 2018. Girls who are exposed before birth to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products may hit puberty earlier than their peers who aren’t exposed to these chemicals in the womb, a U.S. study suggests. Many chemicals have been linked to early puberty in animal studies […]

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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

From Environmental Health News, November 27, 2018.  Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be […]

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We don’t have enough organic farms. Why not?

From National Geographic, November 20, 2018. It’s been weeks since he harvested his farm’s grains, and though Casey Bailey’s fields are mostly bare, something is brewing below. He kneels on the ground, covered by a thin layer of straw as far as the eye can see, and prods gingerly into the soil. Barely scratching the […]

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LaCrosse Releases Report On Nitrates In Groundwater

From SWNews4U.com, November 14, 2018. LA CROSSE – The LaCrosse County Public Health Department’s Nitrate Well Water Task Force (NWWTF) published a report and recommendations on nitrate contamination of groundwater in Holland and Onalaska Townships the second week of October 2018. The recommendations included actions for state, county and municipal governments, as well as for […]

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Organic produce consumption continues steady rise

From The Packer, November 7, 2018. With consumption of organic products having set a new standard across the U.S. in 2017, organic produce suppliers say they’re poised for further growth. “Organic consumption continues to grow with larger players entering organic,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, CEO of San Diego-based grower-shipper Organics Unlimited Inc. Read the […]

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cheese

From Energy on Wisconsin, October 2018. Emmi Roth, a Swiss specialty cheese producer with a plant in Platteville, WI, installed over 1,600 solar panels on the roof of their Wisconsin facility. The installation, by Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque, IA will supply 15 percent of their annual electric use while lowering their environmental footprint by […]

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City of Beaver Dam Solar – a Halloween Treat

From Energy on Wisconsin, October 2018. Beaver Dam’s city hall plus fire department building is all decked out in 308 solar panels for Halloween (photo below). For the City, this 105 kW solar system is a sweet treat of $62,000 of Focus on Energy RECIP grant dollars plus another $158,000 in financing by private parties […]

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