DODGEVILLE, Wis. – “If you go out into a well-managed pasture there’s a hum,” Gene Schriefer says. “It’s the hum of life with all the living organisms out there.”

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – Some people look for buried treasure, thinking there’s hidden treasure in the earth. But others look at the land and see in plain sight the treasure it can provide. They see opportunity on the land where others saw none. Their own hard work and ingenuity creates treasure – and not just for themselves.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual Dairy Challenge was held virtually in 2021. Despite being held online 190 college dairy-science students from 30 colleges competed. The event enabled the students to improve their dairy-management and communication skills. They networked with other students and explored industry careers.

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that potato wastewater might serve well as a low-cost food source for a special bacterium that could be used to recycle high-tech devices.

The use of dairy manure and legume cover crops in crop rotations can reduce the need for inorganic nitrogen fertilizer in corn. But the practices also can contribute to emissions of nitrous oxide – a potent greenhouse gas, say researchers from Pennsylvania State University.

    OSCEOLA, Iowa — Brandi Dyer is a nurse. She doesn’t work in a big city hospital. She has a desk in an office just off the main drag in this county seat town. Her job takes her to farms and small towns across a swath of five rural southern Iowa counties.

      MEMPHIS, Mo. — In rural Missouri, county health departments take on a variety of tasks. Sarah Krouse, administrator for the Scotland County Health Department in northeast Missouri, says the department does a lot to help meet the needs of the community.

      Turn the page on April, which gave us a surprise with early temperatures in the mid-70s and dry conditions that ensued after less-than-average winter snowfalls. Farmers were talking drought in March this year, but that’s the case every year. Mid-April brought a spell of rainy cool weather that put 2 inches of rain in my woodlot garden gauge along, with turning the landscape an ethereal green when the sun was kind enough to show itself in the slate-grey sky.

      PESHTIGO, Wis. – “The proof is in the cow pie,” says Aaron Pape as he shows a slide of a sorghum-sudangrass-cocktail mixture of stockpiled forage on Pape Family Pastures Farm near Peshtigo.

      Several recommendations that emerged from the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change have been incorporated into Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ 2021-2023 Executive Budget. And many of those recommendations are expected to help the state’s farmers in their efforts to build resiliency against the costly effects of climate change.

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