The next Farm Bill is scheduled to come in 2023. It will affect a wide swath of rural America and people in food assistance programs.
Farmers endured a rough year, but fertilizer companies cashed in
Even though some farmers could not afford the rising costs of fertilizer, the commodity’s prices have massively boosted company profits in 2022. One major player saw net earnings over the first nine months of 2022 jump more than 1,000% over the same time period in 2021
Queering the family farm: Despite obstacles, LGBTQ farmers find fertile ground in Midwest
Although they go largely unrecognized and face barriers, Midwestern LGBTQ farmers persist as they reframe the image of the family farm.
Listening to LGBTQ farmers helped me reconsider my place in the heartland
A reporter’s interviews challenged his stereotypes of the rural Midwest.
Midwest soil is eroding faster than ever. Modern farming could be to blame.
How do researchers know? Stardust.
A tiny Wisconsin town tried to stop pollution from factory farms. Then it got sued.
Wisconsin’s largest business lobbying group accuses Laketown officials of overstepping in passing an ordinance to limit pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations.
USDA program keeps extra COVID-era money for fruits, veggies
U.S. agriculture officials proposed changes Thursday to the federal program that helps pay the grocery bills for low-income pregnant women, babies and young children, including extending a bump in payments for fresh fruits and vegetables allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A wetter world is changing Midwest farming. Can growers adapt?
A changing climate is causing rain to fall in harder bursts that push back planting seasons and drown crops in the Mississippi River farm country.
Local grow-your-own movement blossoms in America’s Dairyland
Programs that provide locally grown, healthy foods are making them more affordable to people who are food insecure in Wisconsin.
How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River
“For years, Minnesota has struggled to reduce the farm pollution that runs into streams, lakes, the Mississippi River and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Crop breeders are working on 16 perennial and winter annual crops to suck up that nutrient pollution before it escapes.
Massive Wisconsin solar proposal splits farmers and clean energy fans
One of the largest solar projects on cropland in the U.S. is pitting renewable energy boosters against each other — and farmers against farmers.
Critics: State’s plan to save bees provides little protection from pesticides
Wisconsin’s proposal to protect bees and butterflies does not do enough to discourage use of the types of pesticides tied to bee die-offs, critics say.