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Ongoing trade disputes with China are impacting many Wisconsin businesses, including ginseng producers. Wausau area farm owner Will Hsu describes how these farmers are navigating the turmoil in the export market.
How can livestock odors be measured and quantified in a systematic and fair way? Is it even possible to break down an odor into its component parts, or to identify an acceptable odor threshold? It turns out these questions are the subject of rigorous scientific research.
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Wisconsin has a law on its books that limits nuisance lawsuits against farmers. But as farms expand in size, the conflict with their neighbors grow as well. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses the state's "right-to-farm" law and debates over how to regulate growing farms.
A state statute explicitly protects agricultural operators from all but the most serious nuisance lawsuits brought by neighbors. It's known as Wisconsin’s "right-to-farm" law.
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A proposed CAFO in Burnett County is receiving pushback from local residents who say the large farm could have adverse effects on their community. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how the state of Wisconsin monitors and regulates odors emanating from CAFOs.
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Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa made a trek to Pacwawong Lake in northern Wisconsin to pass on the tradition of harvest wild rice, or manoomin, to tribal youth.
October is the ideal time to plant garlic in Wisconsin, so long as growers properly prepare their newly-planted cloves for a long, cold winter.
The connection between Wisconsin's rivers and the wetlands that feed them has become increasingly tenuous. Its consequences for human communities come into clearer focus when heavy rains transform streams and rivers into forces of wanton destruction.
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Facing low commodity prices, trade uncertainties and challenging weather, Wisconsin's farmers are struggling on multiple fronts. U.S. and state agriculture secretaries Sonny Perdue and Brad Pfaff share their perspectives on the state of small dairy farms and the industry as a whole.
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Visit a Vernon County park in the summer, and it's likely Ben Robel's team will be hard at work. His team? A herd of goats and sheep.