Frederica Freyberg is the anchor of PBS Wisconsin's Here & Now, a live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and feature segments about matters in local communities throughout the state.
One reason the Wisconsin State Senate rejected the nomination of Brad Pfaff as the state's agriculture secretary was proposed revisions to livestock siting rules. Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden discusses these proposals and the politics surrounding them.
A bipartisan proposal in Wisconsin would make it easier to expunge criminal records for some non-violent offenses, such as marijuana possession. Legal Action of Wisconsin attorney Susan Lund discusses expungement rules and how they affect people seeking jobs, housing and credentials.
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.
Missy Hughes is the new secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and discusses the future of projects of Foxconn and other agency priorities, including manufacturing and workforce development.
As the presidential campaign heats up, the city of Milwaukee looks ahead to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, to be held in July. DNC host committee finance chair Alex Lasry discusses what the event means for the state and its anticipated economic impacts.
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.
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.
The U.S. Air Force is determining whether or not to base F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison. State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and Badger Air Community Council executive director Chris Arenz discuss the potential health and economic impacts of this decision.
Statewide standardized test stores dropped slightly in Wisconsin in 2019. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor discusses this decline, and elaborates on the variety of factors that affect the achievement of students and resources of teachers.