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Community members discuss the future of family farming in Wisconsin

WXOW
Jan. 15, 2020

At the conversation, farmers discussed creative ways they have added to their farms to stay profitable. Some farmers are using technology to be more efficient, others are growing different crops on the side like hemp and ginseng, or leasing woodlands as hunting grounds, and even using planes to drop seeds. Kaitlyn Lance, the Agriculture Educator with UW Extension-La Crosse County, said agriculture is at the forefront of technology.

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Will 2020 provide reprieve for weary dairy farmers?

Wisconsin State Farmer
Jan. 14, 2020

While Mark Stephenson, agricultural economist and director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is forecasting better milk prices for 2020, there could be some clouds blowing up on the horizon at the end of the year that could impact the dairy industry.

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Horse ranch near the Dells blames ‘heartbreaking’ loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 14, 2020

Samples were sent to PJ Liesch, an extension entomologist and director of the Insect Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison. Liesch confirmed at least one of the samples to be a blister beetle, although he couldn’t determine exactly which species since the body had been crushed. Liesch said the beetles are midsize, about half an inch to an inch long, and have slender bodies with softer exoskeletons, similar to a firefly.

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Winter strategies to protect cows’ teats to produce quality milk

WSAW
Jan. 9, 2020

“Those cracks and crevices can create little homes for bacteria that cause udder infection or mastitis,” said Heather Schlesser from UW-Madison Division of Extension. “Those increase the white blood cell count within there, which causes an effect ultimately, if we end up with cases of mastitis.”

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Students launch STEM website

WHBY
Jan. 3, 2020

Five 4-H high school students in Brown County are helping officially launch a STEM website. Melinda Pollen of the Brown County UW-Extension says the older students tested the activities first.

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Corn, soybean insect updates track new concerns

Wisconsin State Farmer
Jan. 2, 2020

Changes in federal standards on the use of crop products, a finding in Nova Scotia, and the appearance of a new insect in states bordering Wisconsin were among the highlights in the insect review by Extension Service entomologist Bryan Jensen at the 2019 Pest Management Update.

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Farmers glad to turn the calendar

Beloit Daily News
Jan. 2, 2020

Farmers are glad the season is over and are ready to start a new chapter next spring, according to Rock County UW Extension agriculture agent Nick Baker.

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