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Chickens
An unprecedented avian influenza epidemic struck the poultry industry in the U.S. over the spring and early summer of 2015. It was concentrated in several Midwestern states, with Wisconsin seeing infections in several counties that are home to major turkey and chicken operations. Both federal and state government agencies worked in tandem with poultry farmers to halt and prevent further spread of the disease, resulting in the destruction of more than 1.9 million birds in the state. The epidemic was a serious agricultural challenge for the nation, driving up egg prices and spurring officials and poultry producers to strengthen biosecurity measures intended to limit the spread and impact of animal diseases.More
Schools have long served meals to students in programs supported by state and federal policies, but there's rising interest in using foods grown and raised closer to home. Farm-to-school programs aim to improve the nutrition of schoolchildren and teach them about agriculture, health, business and more. These efforts are likewise structured to create new markets for growers in nearby communities. Schools across Wisconsin have implemented farm-to-school projects and curricula. But the programs take a wide variety of forms, and making them work often requires schools, farmers and advocates to build complex new relationships and infrastructure.More
Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes played a key role in Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Trump became the first Republican candidate to win the state since 1984. The outcome suggests a re-alignment in the American electorate, especially in more rural areas of the state that have previously been more supportive of Democratic candidates. Conventional political wisdom went out the window in the election, as did the accuracy of public-opinion polls.More
Bullying not only harms children, but likewise poses a challenge to parents, caretakers, educators and community leaders. Rates of bullying reported by surveyed students varies, but it's a persistent problem with ongoing consequences for mental health -- both bullying victims and their aggressors face an increased risk of suicide. In the 21st century, children are also facing the issue of cyberbullying through social networks and other digital communications. Trusted adults play an integral role in prevention and intervention, by teaching kids how to get along better with others and resolve disagreements respectfully, by modeling appropriate behaviors, and by advocating on behalf of vulnerable individuals.More
The lack of data in adult literacy
The term "literacy" covers more than just the basic ability to read and write. This concept has evolved to cover a broad continuum of skills people need in their lives. Many adults and children struggle with literacy in its various forms, as they navigate the increasingly complex worlds of health care, finance, and technology. Their needs are difficult to quantify, especially when it comes to adult literacy. But Wisconsinites can turn to many resources and organizations to empower themselves through enhanced literacy skills.More