Six Possible Impacts of COVID-19 on Farming

Wisconsin Ag Connection 
March 19, 2020

Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis with the UW-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and UW-Madison Division of Extension, and director of the UW Center for Dairy Profitability

John Shutske, professor and extension specialist with the UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering and UW-Madison Division of Extension, and director of the UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

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The industrial hemp market: Risk or opportunity?

Wisconsin State Farmer
March 16, 2020

Wisconsin Extension Specialists are actively researching all areas involved with Industrial Hemp. County Extension Educators are willing to help identify solutions to the challenges. Continue to research, learn and apply knowledge to your farm business.

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What will 2020 bring?

The Journal Times
March 15, 2020

Leigh Presley is an agriculture educator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension for Kenosha and Racine counties.

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State of the Dairy 2020: Midwest: Feed a concern

Progressive Dairy
March 11, 2020

The new year is again being approached with cautious optimism, according to Greg Blonde, University of Wisconsin Extension ag agent in Waupaca County. When it comes to dairy farm attrition, the county has followed statewide trends, losing about 5% of its dairy farms annually between 2015-18, and jumping to 10% in 2019.

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Wisconsin farmers prep for potential wet, cold weather

Leader-Telegram
March 9, 2020

Kevin Jarek is the agricultural agent for UW-Extension in Outagamie County. He said some farmers are worried about another late planting season this year because the National Weather Service has reported precipitation numbers that are above average.

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Beef-on-Dairy Decisions, Opportunities

Dairy Herd Management
March 9, 2020

Beef-on-dairy breeding continues to grow in popularity in U.S. dairy herds. Will the trend continue? That may depend on how successfully the dairy industry aligns with the desires of the beef industry, according to a pair of University of Wisconsin Extension educators. 

 

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Dean Foods to be sold to Dairy Farmers of America

WZAW
February 25, 2020

The DFA announced they had reached an agreement to purchase 44 of Dean’s facilities; a move that has some worried about the power DFA now holds. UW-Extension Agricultural Agent Lyssa Seefeldt says she can understand why some farmers may be concerned.

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Community-supported farms boost Wisconsin farm growth, experts say

WZAW
February 24, 2020

“We’re seeing more of the diversified agriculture coming into play when we see farm numbers going up,” Marathon County UW-Extension farm agent Heather Schlesser explained. “Most of them want to stay small because they want to know their customer, they want their customer to know them.”

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Benefits of Socially Reared Calves Are Many

Wisconsin State Farmer
February 19, 2020

While the focus of the workshop focused on ways to raise calves to be a healthy productive part of the dairy herd, Amanda Young, Extension Dairy and Livestock Educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension Dodge County advised producers to consider the economics of raising young stock and to decide whether or not they should be raising every heifer calf born on the farm.

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