“Go big or get out!” That was the advice of Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz to farmers in the 1970s. For today’s episode, Patty is joined in the studio by law professor Peter Carstensen and Wisconsin Farmers Union member Oren Jakobson to discuss the role of monopolies and anti-trust law in family farming and the […]
This year marked the first year that hemp became legal to grow in Wisconsin in over half a century. The Wisconsin legislature passed a law creating a pilot program allowing farmers to grow hemp plants legally. This fall, just a few weeks ago, about 100 farmers across the state harvested their first crop. For today’s […]
Most agree from the evidence that climate change probably began at the start of the Industrial Revolution. This is when machines were invented that ran on fossil fuels like oil, coal, and methane, and emitted greenhouse gases as waste products. These gases increase the amounts in the atmosphere that are emitted normally through the biological […]
On today’s show, we hear about the shared issues of community-based fisherpeople and family farmers, including the 2018 farm bill, climate change, local impact on the environment, and international trade policies regulating labeling. Patty and our guests discuss both Alaskan and Great Lakes fishing in relation to farming and advocate for the economic empowerment of […]
Monday host Patty Peltekos speaks with State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, who’s running in August’s Democratic primary to be Wisconsin’s governor. With plenty of listener questions, they discuss her history as a dairy farmer and as a researcher, and cover topics related to rural issues, the environment, a woman’s right to choose, urban issues, and more.
What are the effects of large factory farms in Wisconsin? What are some of their externalities on the surrounding environment and economy? Patty Peltekos speaks with two critics of concentrated animal feeding operations and factory farms, John Peck of Family Farm Defenders and Harry Pulliam of Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network. Attend a panel discussion featuring these […]