“Climate change is a long game, and we are not prepared to think in long-game scenarios,” said Jenifer Wightman, a crop scientist with Cornell University.
CORNUCOPIA, Wis. – Buy a burger from a fast-food place in a big city. Chances are it will be the same as any burger from the same fast-food chain in any city. Ask the counter person where the beef in the burger or the wheat in the bun came from. About all she or he will be able to say is, “A big truck.” Nor is it likely they will know the nationality of the cattle from which the beef originated.
We had a very nice last week of October and first week of November, with dry and warm weather making for perfect harvest conditions. Farmers in our area of western Wisconsin were busy doing everything from harvesting corn and soybeans, to putting up cornstalk bedding and a limited amount of tillage. I even saw one farmer had some hay windrowed that he was working on.
Wisconsin had 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Nov. 14, 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were 2 to 8 degrees warmer than normal. Precipitation ranged from more than 2 inches in the northwest to almost none in the southeast. Most of Wisconsin received measurable snowfall. Corn and soybean harvest are finishing, while tillage and manure applications continue.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded a $10-million grant to researchers at Tufts University to develop meat produced from cells grown in bioreactors. The five-year project is being led by David Kaplan, Tufts' Stern Family Professor of Engineering.
MINERAL POINT, Wis. – At 90 years of age David Reichling could be sitting at home taking it easy. Instead he’s checking harvest progress and managing the grain-drying operation at Reichling Farms, his family’s farming operation near Mineral Point. That’s not all; the veteran farmer still keeps the farming operation’s books.
Reducing the number of livestock will not be a priority for the Biden administration as it seeks to drastically cut methane emissions to stem climate change, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative recently hired Travis Senn to help drive its social-media strategy and public-relations development. Senn joins the cooperative as a senior communications specialist. He previously led marketing and communications efforts for Southeast Milk Inc., a milk-marketing cooperative based in Belleview, Florida. He also contributed to the organization’s market research and milk-marketing strategy development.
A new material for surgical mask filters could offer a more breathable and sustainable alternative to traditional surgical masks. Loong-Tak Lim, a food science professor at the University of Guelph-Ontario Agricultural College, and graduate student Singam Suranjoy Singh recently developed a non-woven surgical mask filter from plant cellulose. The mask’s biodegradable filter was designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $25 million to 18 new projects through the Conservation Innovation Grants program. The On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials projects will support adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches in partnership with agricultural producers.
Innovation for all sizes and types of farms – that’s what’s needed to help agriculture build resiliency in the face of climate change. The U.S. government is working to ensure there are grants to buoy innovations, said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-8-Michigan, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.