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.
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.
Off Campus: Extension’s agricultural agents spread university research and resources to every corner of the stateBy Cameron Lane-Flehinger | Apr. 12, 2018
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.
Walking up the cement path of Bascom Hill, students may not know they are stepping over remnants of Native American life.
According to Byington, one of the main issues is that teachers teach native history as if Native Americans are extinct. She recounted one time she presented to a group of elementary students.
With so few Native American students on campus, forming connections with other Native students is key for living on a majority white campus. But imagine if being a part of that community is contingent on whether or not student leaders are able to find you.
Nearly half of all undergraduate Native American women on the UW-Madison campus have experienced sexual assault, according to a 2015 campus survey on the issue.
The opioid crisis across the United States is no secret. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016. Many counties around the country, as well as over two-thirds of those in Wisconsin, have taken legal action in an attempt to mediate this issue.
Concern erupted nationwide last year, after the release of a Centers for Disease Control report indicated that, for the first time in over five decades, Americans were starting to die sooner. But the document, which made national news, showed a mere 0.1 year decline in average age of death.
The Menominee River winds southeast from Iron Mountain, MI, through densely forested ridgeland all the way to Marinette, where it empties into Lake Michigan’s Green Bay.