Category: Farming

  • Sevastopol FFA Breakfast Draws Crowd

    Representative Joel Kitchens served ham and eggs to attendees at the 37th annual Sevastopol FFA Dairy Breakfast. Ed and Debbie Staats expected 4,000 people to come to Country View Farms the morning of July 1. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for FFA students. With thousands of likely 1st Senate District voters in attendance, it […]

  • Lautenbach Historical Program

    Join the Gibraltar Historical Association for their first 2018 Gibraltar Talks, all about Lautenbach’s Farm. Step back in time and hear about their journey from a simple farm stand to a wonderful place to taste and experience Door County’s harvest. The family works year round maintaining the property and business. Bob, Carrie and Erin will […]

  • Farmers Catching Up After Late Spring

    There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 27, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Farmers welcomed this week’s sunny skies and hot temperatures as they raced to catch up after a late spring. Waterlogged soils in the southern portions of the state dried out enough for round-the-clock planting […]

  • Video: Historic Door County – Cherry Camps

    In order to harvest the cherries and apples each year, young boys were brought to Door County for 2-3 weeks at a time to work at Cherry Camp. They picked pails of cherries every day in return for room and board.  

  • VIDEO: Door County’s Cherry Orchard History

    Joseph Zettel began planting cherry trees in Door County in 1896, and the bright fruit has been synonymous with Door County ever since. His trees thrived, and soon did thousands of acres of them up and down the peninsula, becoming as much a symbol of the region as lighthouses and shoreline. Learn why cherries thrive […]

  • 2018 Door County Farmers Markets

    Do you want more local flavor in your diet? Dozens of Door County producers and growers bring fresh food to markets around the peninsula several days a week. Find farm fresh eggs, flowers, produce, locally baked breads and much more as you learn to cook with the seasons. Meet your farmer, learn new recipes, and […]

  • Agriculture Tourism: A New Frontier

    Generations of visitors to Door County have spent a summer afternoon picking cherries or milking goats at The Farm near Sturgeon Bay, but few would think they are participating in agricultural tourism. That definition is becoming more popular as two of Door County’s biggest industries cozy up. “For the last two years we’ve really been […]

  • Farmland Preservation: The Future of Rural Landscapes

    Rolling bucolic farm fields dotted with big red barns and roaming cows are part of the fabric of Wisconsin’s landscape, but those idyllic scenes are vanishing. Thousands of acres of farmland are gobbled up by sprawling development and, particularly in Door County, skyrocketing land values. There are a few tools in the regulatory toolbox to […]

  • In Door County, Small Farms Thrive

    Before most people have had the chance to wipe sleep from their eyes on a Saturday morning in the summer, Char, Michael and Steve Sullivan are already several hours into their weekly Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market routine. By the time locals and tourists begin strolling the market at 8:30 am, the Sullivans have already packed […]

  • Farming Technology: Next Steps

    The days of the open-air tractor rolling slowly through the field have rapidly faded from farming iconography. Today’s farmers use a wide range of apps, software programs and automation to ease the physical burden of farm work, and make food production more efficient. Here are some of the technological advancements that are transforming agriculture on […]

  • Small Farm Succession: Two Locals Start Their Dream Farm

    For weeks on the commute into Sturgeon Bay along County S, Jake VandenPlas would see a “For Sale” sign at the corner of Vignes Road in front of two greenhouses. A hobbyist with a few small gardens to his name, VandenPlas wondered about the possibilities that would come with these two large greenhouses. “I wanted […]

  • Bryan Haberli: Farming is Sustainable with Smart Practices

    Last September when the county Land Conservation Committee met to discuss changes to NR 151, the state’s manure-handling rule, in northeastern Wisconsin’s karst region, Egg Harbor farmer Bryan Haberli was one of those to speak against the change that would prevent manure from being spread on soils of less than two feet. He agreed that […]

  • Commentary: Dairy Farms Rely on Immigrant Labor

    By Luca Fagundes The debate about immigration in America has been centered on a border wall ever since Donald Trump made it an issue in his presidential campaign. The reality is that the debate is about something far more important. In Wisconsin, it’s about food, and more specifically, dairy. The Wisconsin dairy industry relies heavily […]

  • By the Numbers: Young Farmers

    In 2017, the National Young Farmers Coalition received 3,517 responses to a survey from past, current and aspiring farmers about their take on the agricultural industry. Farmers up to 40-years-old cite many challenges in agriculture, but also take a diverse approach to the ever-changing industry. 1 Access to affordable farmland is the top concern for […]

  • By the Numbers: Agriculture in Wisconsin

    1 While Wisconsin remains America’s Dairyland, it is first in these products:  snap beans for processing; cranberries; ginseng; mink pelts; dry whey for humans; milk goats; corn silage; specialty cheese; and exported bovine semen. 3 Wisconsin’s ranking as a potato-producing state. There were 64,000 acres of potatoes planted in the state in 2016. 5 Wisconsin’s […]

  • Commentary: A Decade Beyond ‘Future of Farming’ Report

    By Bill Berry Editor’s note:  In 2007, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters issued a report titled The Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin:  Findings, Recommendations, Steps to a Healthy Future. Since we were using that report as a reference for this year’s Sustainability Issue on the future of farming the […]

  • Females May Reign in Future of Farming

    The days of the man working hard on the farm while his wife prepares supper may not be gone, but they may be on the way out. A proliferation of women in the agriculture industry, particularly dominating collegiate agricultural classrooms, is leading a shift in what has traditionally been a male-centric field. At University of […]

  • Future of Farming With DATCP Secretary Shelia Harsdorf

    Wisconsin history was made last November when state Senator Sheila Harsdorf was tapped by Gov. Scott Walker to be the first woman to head the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She had served the 10th Senate District in northwestern Wisconsin from 2001 until being named the department head. Before that, she represented […]

  • USDA Offers $34 Million in Disaster Assistance to Agricultural Producers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs. ELAP aims to help eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish […]

  • Dairy Producers Encouraged to Enroll in Margin Protection Program for Dairy

    The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) […]