Articles by Karen Faster

Although sand has been mined across Wisconsin for over a century, the large-scale mines and associated processing and transportation facilities are relatively new.More
Farmers' use of transgenic corn over the past 20-plus years is putting pressure on ecosystems, in part by making some weeds more resistant to herbicides.More
Farms that raise animals — be they poultry, pigs, cows or other livestock — are growing. But whether smaller farms are simply updated with modern technologies or are concentrated animal feeding operations with hundreds or thousands of animals, they enable farmers to reduce costs and increase output.More
From loon-watchers to fighters of invasive species, Wisconsin is home to many groups engaged in citizen science. One example of a citizen science effort of this type in the state is the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Project.More
Since the Great Recession, more people have been migrating out of Wisconsin than moving into the state — a pattern contrary to Minnesota and Iowa.More
Brown marmorated stink bug on an apple
Though the brown marmorated stink bug has only been spotted in Wisconsin over the last seven years, entomologists tracking the species suggest that it may become a prominent problem for farmers and gardeners. Links to resources and more information about it follow.More
Brown marmorated stink bug
As growers and agriculture researchers have learned during the brown marmorated stink bug’s 20-year migration across the U.S., managing the pest is difficult.More
Comparison of stink bug species
As an invasive species in North America, the brown marmorated stink bug is the subject of ongoing scientific study, particularly by researchers in regions the species colonized.More
Brown marmorated stink bug spreads in Wisconsin
Wisconsin may be at a turning point with the brown marmorated stink bug.More
Apple showing brown marmorated stink bug damage
The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species in the United States that is expanding its range as an agricultural pest around the nation.More