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Posted inEconomy, Environment

Wisconsin’s booming grape crop at risk from herbicide drift

Grape farmers in Wisconsin are facing a growing threat, and in many cases it is coming from their own neighbors. Herbicides that are used to kill weeds in crops such as corn and soybeans can be deadly to other plants, including grapes. Food or wine grape vines exposed to the chemicals may shrivel up, turn colors and grow strange, elongated new leaves.

Posted inWisWatch Blog

Buyer beware: Father’s Day shopping tips

If you’re like me, you’ve probably got a dad with more tools and yard equipment than he could use in a lifetime. That always makes shopping for your Father’s Day gift a little tricky. Also like me, you’ll probably wimp out and charge up a Gander Mountain or Fleet Farm gift card and let the old man choose this year. Before taking the low road on a gift card, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has some tips for the Dad’s Day weekend when consumers are expected to drop nearly $10 billion nationally.