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Susan Bence

On Tuesday with a 5-2 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court removed a regulatory hurdle that was holding the Wysocki Family of Companies back from creating a large scale dairy.

This type of operation is commonly called a CAFO, or a concentrated animal feeding operation.

The vote comes after five years of heated debate.

The company wants to create Golden Sands Dairy just south of Wisconsin Rapids in the Town of Saratoga. The Wisconsin River flows along its western edge.

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Small farms represented 46 percent of production in the United States in 1991.  But by 2015, that share had fallen to under 25 percent, according to the US Department of Agriculture.  Among dairy farms in Wisconsin, the numbers are striking - the state topped out at 167,000 in 1940 and now has just 9,000.

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There are some people who cannot cook without garlic, it’s an integral part of some cuisines.

The plant is part of the allium family, which also contains onions, scallions, leeks, shallots, and chives. But contributor Dave Kozlowski of Pinehold Gardens says that farming garlic is a bit different from most of the other produce he grows.

"Garlic is such an interesting plant...because it is a vegetable, but it's not; and it's a spice and a herb, but it's not; and it's a medicinal plant, but it's not. It's all of those but it's none of those - it's garlic," he jokes.

What Does it Mean to Buy 'Local' Food?

Feb 27, 2018
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Home-grown, native, seasonal... These buzz words are big in the food industry. But why should you care about whether an apple is local -- in picked from a farm up the road or grown in the United States?

One person who believes strongly that local makes a big difference is contributor Dave Kozlowski of Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek. He says that local is a term that "means something to everybody, and it means something different oftentimes to everybody."

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Long hours at the office can put a real stress on any relationship, especially marriage. But how does the relationship dynamic change when a couple puts in long hours in the same job - or in the case of contributor Dave Kozlowski and and his wife Sandy Raduenz - the same field?

Kozlowski and Raduenz own and operate the organic produce farm Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek. Neither of them were born into farming, but instead decided to pursue the physically demanding and rewarding profession together in their 40s.

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For Thanksgiving, Lake Effect is examining the many roles food plays in our lives - both for the holiday and beyond our yearly feast. From learning about the continental history of Thanksgiving foods to fighting cancer with produce, there is a lot we can thank food for in our lives.

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At the Wisconsin State Fair this month, among the extreme food offerings - like, say, the deep-fried bacon-wrapped olives on a stick - was one menu option you might have missed: cricket nachos

Ann-Elise Henzl WUWM

It's been decades since trucks, tractors and other motorized equipment took over much of the work that horses once performed in farmers' fields. But a growing number of people around the country are returning to draft horses for plowing and other operations.

That's often in addition to using gas-powered vehicles, Joe Mischka says. He's publisher and editor of Rural Heritage magazine.

LaToya Dennis

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about milk in Wisconsin--America’s Dairyland. The talk has ranged from a trade dispute with Canada that threatened to put dozens of dairy farmers out of business to declines in the amount of money dairy farmers can charge for their product. WUWM learned about another debate underway. What should be called milk?

LaToya Dennis

Dozens of dairy farmers across Wisconsin are happier Monday than they expected to be. Up until just a few days ago, May 1 was the day a number of farmers thought they would go out of business. The processor they sell their milk to, Grassland Dairy Products, lost its contract with Canada, because that country changed its pricing structure to favor its own farmers.

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President Donald Trump says Canada has "outsmarted" the U.S. for a long time, but he won't put up with it. He made the comment on Tuesday while imposing sizeable tariffs on all softwood lumber that Canada sells to the U.S., apparently in retaliation for Canada's decision to close its market to ultra-filtered milk that originates on dairy farms across Wisconsin.

LaToya Dennis

Update, April 28:

The family featured in this story, the Sauer's, have signed a contract with milk processor Rolling Hills in Monroe, WI.

Update, April 27:

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Update, Wednesday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m.:

The Senate voted Wednesday morning along party lines, 19-13, to move the bill forward. It exempts existing high-capacity wells from review of the Department of Natural Resources if the well needs to be repaired, replaced or sold.

Ashley Irvin

The vote of the Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform split 3-2 along party lines.  The committee chair opted for a paper ballot vote, rather than convening face-to-face.

Earlier this month a large crowd gathered for a public hearing, which stretched  from morning into the evening. Tuesday's vote advances the bill to the full Senate, which is likely to take it up next week.

Original Post - March 16, 2017:

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The Trump Administration appointed former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture, but for some in the agriculture business the announcement came too late.

The appointment was announced long after every other cabinet member had already been announced, a perceived slight to a community that had overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump during the election. 

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