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As the new coronavirus pandemic sends milk prices plummeting and upends life for many people in Wisconsin, the president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union says farmers having access to mental health services is even more important.
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The new coronavirus pandemic has caused commodity prices to fall in recent weeks and disrupted business at farm lending agencies.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 2 that there are 1,720 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, as well as 20,317 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce positive test results.
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Garden businesses around the state say they've seen an increase in seed sales as people look for activities for kids and to ensure food security as the new coronavirus keeps everyone at home.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on March 29 that there are 1,221 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, as well as 15,856 negative tests. As of March 30, 19 people had died statewide due to COVID-19.
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Agricultural experts say local producers will likely see lower milk prices and impacts to their supply chains as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across Wisconsin.
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Some farmers in western Wisconsin have already been back in the fields in 2020. They’re working to harvest crops after wet weather in December delayed the 2019 harvest.
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After farmers faced major weather challenges in 2019, Wisconsin crop specialists say a lot is riding on 2020's crops.
No matter how methods have changed over the ages, a lot of time and energy go into transforming the springtime sap flows of maple trees into sweet, sugary syrup.
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As the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts a slight decline in farm income in 2020, Wisconsin agriculture experts continue to worry about the financial resilience of the state's farms.