“This year, with all the weather and commerce and energy events going on, people are going to realize that food is not to be taken for granted.” That’s Pete Hardin, editor and publisher of The Milkweed, which has been reporting on the dairy industry in the U.S. since 1979. He joins Patty on the show […]
There seems to be a huge disconnect between what’s available in grocery stores and what’s happening on many farms across the country. It’s a paradox: grocery stores are running out of milk, but dairy farmers are dumping milk because there is nowhere for the normal supply to go due to widespread school, cafeteria, and restaurant […]
Agriculture in the U.S. represents about 9% of total greenhouse gas emissions. But new research suggests that improvements in dairy farm operations could reduce those emissions by up to 30 or 40%. Dr. Matthew Ruark shares the results of the multi-university, $10 million research report on dairy and greenhouse gas emissions. The report titled “Climate […]
Some Wisconsin lawmakers say consumers are confused by vegetarian and vegan options at stores and restaurants. Now, they’re hoping to make the distinction between plant alternatives and animal products clearer through labeling laws. State Senator Howard Marklein, along with Representative Travis Tranel and Representative Loren Oldenburg, recently introduced three bills to that would change what […]
In this edition, we’ll hear an exclusive conversation with a world-renowned tabla player, consider the U.S. ag secretary’s view on the future of small dairy farms in Wisconsin, look into the history of Black pioneers, and learn about a new law firm aimed at improving the transparency of Wisconsin government.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue held a town hall with a group of dairy farmers and officials at the World Dairy Expo earlier this morning. He emphasized the importance of exporting milk to other countries while pushing back on calls for government intervention to help stabilize the industry. Perdue’s comments come at a sensitive […]