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USDA Starts New Program to Track Farm Animals

Updated: 04/17/2013 - The federal government has started a new livestock identification program to help agriculture officials quickly track livestock in cases of disease.

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Wisconsin Names New State Veterinarian

Posted: 04/12/2013 - The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Friday that assistant state veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw has been promoted to state veterinarian. McGraw has been the assistant state veterinarian for nine years.

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Senator: Ag Growers Largely Agree on Immigration

Posted: 04/11/2013 - A key senator says farm growers have signed off on key parts of a new program to bring farm workers to the U.S., moving a major immigration bill one step closer to passage.

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Alice in Dairyland Teaching Thousands about Growing a Healthy Wisconsin

Updated: 04/09/2013 - The 65th Alice in Dairyland, Rochelle Ripp, is in our area teaching kids about Wisconsin agriculture this week. She's giving a presentation in schools called "Growing a Healthy Wisconsin." It's a joint partnership between the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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USDA Restores Monthly Milk Reports in Limited Form

Posted: 04/05/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm has reversed a plan to eliminate some monthly reports that dairy farmers and milk processors say are important to their business.

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Wis. Farmers Oppose Land Ownership Rule Changes

Posted: 04/04/2013 - A group representing Wisconsin farmers said its lobbying agenda this spring will include opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate limits on foreign land ownership.

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Maple Syrup Producers Wait for Season to Begin

Updated: 03/19/2013 - At this time last year, most local syrup producers were finishing up their season, which had been cut all too short thanks to inconsistent temperatures.

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NTC Agriculture Center for Excellence Making Future Bright for Ag

Updated: 03/15/2013 - Located just north of Wausau on Highway K, the Northcentral Technical College Agriculture Center for Excellence sits on 110 acres of land. It opened up in 2011. From the outside, it resembles your typical farm, but walk inside and you'll find that something sets it apart from most. "The biggest difference here is because it's a school but otherwise the rest of it is pretty much, we try to keep it as close to a regular family farm is what we can," says Dan Radtke, a herdsman.

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DNR Warns of High Manure Runoff

Updated: 03/15/2013 - State officials say farmers should avoid spreading manure this month on fields that are prone to runoff.

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Legislature to Consider Another Raw Milk Bill

Updated: 03/13/2013 - The state Legislature is expected to consider another bill legalizing the sale of unpasteurized milk in Wisconsin, legislation that could have Gov. Scott Walker's support if it contains safeguards for consumers' health.

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