Posted inEconomy, Money & Politics, State of Change: Water, Food And The Future Of Wisconsin

How undocumented immigrants became the backbone of dairies — and how to keep the milk flowing in America’s Dairyland

Farmers, experts say reliance on immigrant workers, many of them in the U.S. illegally, will continue unless dairies — and Congress — make significant changes.

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.