We raise and butcher our own chickens. We cut some of the chickens into pieces, but mostly we freeze them whole. That means for most recipes I start with a whole chicken. For our size family it makes two meals.

Days of negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress — and fierce lobbying by industries eager for assistance dealing with the coronavirus outbreak — has yielded a rescue package worth more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks.

    Editor's note: This article is part of a series featuring members of the Soil Sisters, an official program of Renewing the Countryside. The community of women farmers advocate for family farming and locally produced food.

      Two things are for certain at every meeting about cover crops. First, researchers and experts will show the benefits of cover crops and no-tilling to prevent erosion and improve soil health. And then farmers will ask about the economics of the practice in the short- and long-term.

      HATLEY, Wis. – Cleanliness, milker training, frac-sand quality, milking-equipment maintenance and cow comfort. They’re five keys to overall success with milk quality, says David “Mike” Fischer of Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm. He and his family recently earned a platinum award in dairy quality from the National Mastitis Council.

      MADISON, Wis. – An order from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, made March 24, will shut nonessential businesses for a month. The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. March 25 and continue through 8 a.m. April 24, shuttering many businesses across the state. Exempt from the order are farms, farm businesses and agricultural supply-chain businesses.

        The 2020 WPS Farm Show was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, but Agri-View is working to bring its information to producers and farm businesses alike. We’re creating a special publication that will include information from equipment businesses, highlights of new equipment available, new technology and much more. Our “Virtual Farm Show” will be inserted in our April 9 issue of Agri-View. It will also be available online.

          Innovations in agricultural and biological engineering recently were recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The winners of the society’s 2020 AE50 award program were evaluated by an international panel of specialists in technology, design and product development. The entries were ranked on the basis of innovation, significant engineering advancement, and impact on market served.

            CentralStar Cooperative, which serves dairy and beef producers in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, has hired 18 employees in the past three months.

            LA CROSSE, Wis. – A good farmland lease helps both landowners and land seekers. Farmland leases also can help launch beginning farmers who don’t have large lines of credit. Best practices for farmland leasing was the subject of a workshop held at the recent Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service’s Organic Farming Conference.

            The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association is one of more than 20 organizations asked that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers exempt farming, agriculture and agribusiness from his “shelter in place” order, which was made March 24. These exemptions were made part of the order.

              The National Aquaculture Association requests that the U.S. aquaculture community – farms and allied businesses – participate in a 15-minute survey developed by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and The Ohio State universities. The survey is intended to assess the direct and indirect effects of coronavirus disease COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture and to gather input on types of assistance that will be most useful. The results will be shared nationally to assist farms, allied businesses and trade associations in communicating the impacts of COVID-19 to public and private decision makers.

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