The Daily Cardinal asked a student, farmers, an expert and the Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture what they think is the future of Wisconsin’s agriculture.
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In dairyland, unsurprisingly, some of the most active and influential political groups in the state are those that represent the agricultural industry.In the last two decades, agriculture lobbyists alone have shelled out about $7 million in political contributions, behind only financial institutions, business and real estate groups in their efforts to influence policy.
Urban agriculture is a very specific term defining a very broad field: agriculture, from gardening to raising livestock, in a city or suburb surrounding an urban space. It is a practice that has spread over time — but it all started in Madison.
In January, Matt Kronschnabel, who graduated from UW-Madison in 2016, and three friends signed the deed to a four-acre organic farm in Viroqua, Wis. — in a region that saw the nation’s highest rate of farm bankruptcies last year, according to federal court data.
Though UW-Madison is well-known for its Babcock milk and ice cream, many students don’t know where their dairy products come from.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is now accepting applications for farmers to participate in a research pilot program for industrial hemp after the state Legislature approved the program in November 2017.
In a couple of years, students who apply to the agriculture college at UW-Madison may see fewer majors and departments, while students applying to other UW System schools could see new options available to them.
Watching her parents grapple with relentless financial insecurity driven by low commodity prices, coupled with ever-increasing costs of input, swayed DeGolyer against following their path.
Students seeking a deeper appreciation for and understanding of Wisconsin cuisine, specifically staples such as the sauerkraut on brats and the beer flowing from taps and kegs, need look no further than UW-Madison’s own Food Sciences department.
For chefs, direct access to local farmers and local agriculture is an incredible asset. But for some chefs, specifically those new in town, learning about those resources can be difficult. Bonanno believes it’s important they know where to look.
Off Campus: Extension’s agricultural agents spread university research and resources to every corner of the state
Based in urban Madison, it can be hard for the university’s research to reach the far-flung areas of the state where farming and agriculture comprise the greatest share of the economy. UW Extension faculty members, who have the same academic training and background as campus faulty but live and work in the communities they serve, are well-positioned to bridge that gap.
When asked how he would describe the relationship between the city of Madison and the surrounding farms in a single word, Dane County Food Councilman Carl Chenoweth answered with just one word: “Opportunity.”
“Not only do women make great farmers, but they also bring innovation, new ideas and hard work into this industry,” said Association of Women Agriculture Media Relations spokesperson Emily Matzke.
Farmers rise with the sun, sometimes as early as 3 to 5 a.m., labor in the fields or work with livestock for the entire day, and end their day around 8 p.m.
However, this advancement has caused large environmental problems for water contamination and soil health, most presently caused by the huge quantity of manure in this state.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will not pursue re-election, instead retiring after the end of his current term.
Your social security number will be more secure in UW-Madison’s system once the university unveils their new Cybersecurity Risk Management Policy, which looks to protect other vulnerable information like legal and health data and research.
Madison’s Common Council unanimously approved an ordinance on Tuesday ordering the removal of two monuments honoring the Confederate soldiers buried in Forest Hill Cemetery on Madison’s west side.
As UW College administration grapples with “thousands” of decisions in merging the state’s two-year colleges with four-year schools, Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said this week she is pushing to help her students get the help they need during this turbulent time.
Representatives from the Multicultural Student Center met UW-Madison officials and representatives from the Associated Students of Madison Tuesday to advocate for cultural centers for groups who will be displaced from their Red Gym locations by construction this summer.Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Berquam and Vice Provost Patrick Sims, among others, met with students who are interested in creating additional spaces for under-represented communities on campus, according to UW-Madison spokesperson Meredith McGlone.