Articles by Rob Ferrett

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One factor central to policy debates of livestock siting and other agricultural policies in Wisconsin is the state's "right-to-farm" law. National Agricultural Law Center attorney Rusty Rumley discusses Wisconsin's version of the law and similar laws across the nation.
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Over the last few years, bridges and roads have washed away during flash floods across Wisconsin. But how can engineers tackle the problem in order to prevent this kind of infrastructure damage in the future?
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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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A lung illness public health officials have linked with vaping and e-cigarettes has gotten international attention and led to new scrutiny of their health effects. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin pulmonologist Dr. Louella Amos discusses how physicians uncovered the cause.
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As Wisconsin braces for climate change and a future with more flooding, a conservationist discusses the role that wetlands can play.
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A years-long slump in Wisconsin school enrollment is continuing. Sarah Kemp, a researcher with the University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab explains why — and in which types of school districts — these drops are happening.
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Water quality in Madison's Lake Mendota is changing, and it turns out the sludge at the bottom of it can help explain why. Jake Walsh, a researcher who formerly studied the lake at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology, discusses what scientists are learning.
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The stage had been set for a public health scare prompted by vaping long before July 2019, when health officials in Wisconsin announced a cluster of severe lung illnesses in eight otherwise healthy teens in the state.
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Wisconsin's so-called "minimum markup law" was debated this year, when Gov. Tony Evers proposed eliminating it as part of his road and infrastructure budget. UW-Eau Claire geographer Ryan Weichelt explains how this Depression-era law affects gas prices in the Eau Claire area.
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Research shows that Wisconsin trails behind other states when it comes to new business development. University of Wisconsin-Extension community development specialist Matthew Kures discusses its potential impact on the state's economy.