17 pages have the tag Agriculture

  • Hemp Growing Pains

    Last edited: 07/02/2018

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    Summary “I, as a licensed hemp grower, cannot get a list of hemp processors in Wisconsin,” wrote Butch Mondeau. He stressed the problem is "a state road block.”
    Body Hemp Growing Pains “I, as a licensed hemp grower, cannot get a list of hemp processors in Wisconsin,” wrote Butch Mondeau. He stressed the problem is "a state road block.” Mr. Mondeau is an Eau Claire County hemp farmer. He was planning to sell his...
  • /news/columns/2018/attorney-general-causes-scare-with-local-hemp-farmer/
    Summary Abbie Testaberg is a soon-to-be Wisconsin hemp farmer. She and her husband will be planting, growing, harvesting and processing hemp this year at the Kinnie Hemp Company near River Falls. They are among the many farmers who received a license to grow...
    Body Attorney General Causes Scare with Local Hemp Farmer Abbie Testaberg is a soon-to-be Wisconsin hemp farmer. She and her husband will be planting, growing, harvesting and processing hemp this year at the Kinnie Hemp Company near River Falls. They are...
  • /news/columns/2015/farmers-say-budget-damages-farm-research-schools-and-conservation-input/
    Summary “It’s very important that we are here today,” the farmer from Independence told me. “In fact, it’s more important that we be here than anywhere else.” Here was in my Capitol office. Local farmers were visiting as part of Ag Day at the Capitol.
    Body Farmers say Budget Damages Farm Research, Schools and Conservation Input “It’s very important that we are here today,” the farmer from Independence told me. “In fact, it’s more important that we be here than anywhere else.” Here was in my Capitol ...
  • /news/columns/2014/enjoy-wisconsins-dairy-breakfasts/
    Summary June is dairy month. Wisconsin celebrates dairy in a special way: the dairy breakfast. Folks come early for the fresh pancakes, sausage, cheese curds and country air.
    Body Enjoy Wisconsin's Dairy Breakfasts “I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in 18 years,” the woman from Whitehall told me. “I see people at the dairy breakfast I see nowhere else all year,” said another from Independence. Dairy breakfasts bring toget...
  • /news/columns/2014/farmers-ask-where-s-the-train-to-ship-my-grain/
    Summary “The farmers are coming to me saying ‘we need drivers to get the corn to market. We need barges and trains to get the harvest to market.’” Barb Gronemus recently told me. “Kathleen you need to pay attention to problems with shipping grain.”
    Body Farmers ask ‘Where’s the train to ship my grain?’ “The farmers are coming to me saying ‘we need drivers to get the corn to market. We need barges and trains to get the harvest to market.’” Barb Gronemus recently told me. “Kathleen you need to pay ...
  • /news/columns/2014/some-cry-foul-over-rapidly-rising-propane-prices/
    Summary “I’ve been in business for 36 years,” the propane man told me. “I believe this is simply price gouging.” The propane retailer’s wholesale price went from $3.19 to $5.29 a gallon in just a few days. I wanted to know why.
    Body Some Cry Foul Over Rapidly Rising Propane Prices “I’ve been in business for 36 years,” the propane man told me. “I believe this is simply price gouging.” The propane retailer’s wholesale price went from $3.19 to $5.29 a gallon in just a few days. ...
  • /news/columns/2013/rural-folks-ag-budget-cuts-ill-advised/
    Summary Buried in the 2013-15 state budget is removal of almost $5 million or over a quarter of cost-share funding to create structures to reduce run-off and preserve topsoil.
    Body Rural Folks: Ag Budget Cuts Ill Advised “Black River Falls is grappling with high phosphorus in the water,” the woman told me at the Town Hall Meeting. “The phosphorus is coming from farms up river. Why cut funding to conservation staff that help ...
  • /news/press-releases/2017/assistance-available-to-help-farmers-affected-by-grassland-dairy-action/
    Summary “I encourage farmers affected by the changes at Grassland Dairy Products Inc. to contact me or the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
    Body   Assistance Available to Help Farmers Affected by Grassland Dairy Action “I encourage farmers affected by the changes at Grassland Dairy Products Inc. to contact me or the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The depar...
  • 2018

    Last edited: 03/06/2018

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  • 2017

    Last edited: 03/06/2018

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  • /news/press-releases/2017/senator-vinehout-pleased-with-committee-passage-of-hemp-bill/
    Summary “Hemp is an agricultural commodity and should be treated as such in Wisconsin law,” said Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) commenting on the recent passage of Senate Bill 119 by the Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism.
    Body Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill “Hemp is an agricultural commodity and should be treated as such in Wisconsin law,” said Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) commenting on the recent passage of Senate Bill 119 by the Commi...
  • /news/columns/2016/farmers-seek-action-and-answers-at-the-capitol/
    Summary “Just get it done!” The farmer was referring to a bill to change rules on high capacity wells. I listened. The chances of passing the bill are dim. Solving groundwater problems in Wisconsin is complex.
    Body “Just get it done!” The farmer was referring to a bill to change rules on high capacity wells. I listened. The chances of passing the bill are dim. Solving groundwater problems in Wisconsin is complex. Farmers from all over our Senate District recen...
  • /news/columns/2017/proposal-helps-veterans-become-farmers/
    Summary “As far back as WWI connecting soldiers with nature and farming has been used to treat the invisible wounds of war,” Mr. Brian Sales recently told members of the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee.
    Body Proposal Helps Veterans Become Farmers “As far back as WWI connecting soldiers with nature and farming has been used to treat the invisible wounds of war,” Mr. Brian Sales recently told members of the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism C...
  • /news/columns/2016/finding-help-for-flooded-families-and-farms/
    Summary “It gets overwhelming,” my neighbor told me. We were walking through her flooded barnyard. Floodwaters left silt everywhere: in the house, the garden, the barn, and the farmyard.
    Body August 24, 2016 Finding Help for Flooded Families and Farms “It gets overwhelming,” my neighbor told me. We were walking through her flooded barnyard. Floodwaters left silt everywhere: in the house, the garden, the barn, and the farmyard. Family m...
  • Hemp: Its Time Has Come

    Last edited: 03/06/2018

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    Summary Farmers in diverse states like Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine and Minnesota are researching a new crop: industrial hemp. Many states are changing laws to allow growing of hemp.
    Body Hemp: Its Time Has Come Farmers in diverse states like Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine and Minnesota are researching a new crop: industrial hemp. Many states are changing laws to allow growing of hemp. Wisconsin is slow to get in the game. Hopefully, this ...
  • /news/columns/2018/farmers-advocate-for-agriculture-and-rural-communities/
    Summary Farmers from several western Wisconsin counties traveled to Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol.
    Body Farmers Advocate for Agriculture and Rural Communities Farmers from several western Wisconsin counties traveled to Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol. On the day the Governor delivered his State of the State address, farmers shared...
  • /news/columns/2017/celebrating-wisconsin-s-dairyland/
    Summary June is dairy month. A time to celebrate all we love about ‘America’s Dairyland’ – home to 1.28 million dairy cows, which is more than one cow for every five Wisconsinites.
    Body Celebrating Wisconsin’s Dairyland “Do you still milk?” I asked Jim at a recent gathering. “No,” he told me. “My son tells me the most help I can be is to stay out of the way,” he joked. We both agreed that was hard. Dairying gets in your blood. Jun...