Archive | October, 2012

In the field with Kling Farms

Building off of a solid family history of sustainable farming, Steve and Pat Kling purchased their 65-acre farm in Jackson County, Wisconsin in 1981. They credit their transformation to a managed intensive grazing (MIG) program as a primary catalyst for their success. They have found that MIG has helped revitalize their land, while reducing costs […]

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No-till agriculture celebrates 50 years

The first commercial no-till crop was planted 50 years ago this week. It was less than an acre of corn planted by Kentucky farmer Harry Young, Jr. From there, Young and Shirley Phillips, a University of Kentucky field crops specialist, began to champion the benefits of no-till agriculture. Research on the practice had been conducted […]

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Wisconsin farm practices an ‘ethic of landedness’

We had the pleasure of visiting Justin and Lynn Isherwood’s 156-year-old farm in Plover, Wisconsin. As finalists for the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin, the Isherwoods, like so many other Wisconsin farm families, follow a land ethic to ensure the sustainability of their farm and the natural resources that, they hope, will continue to […]

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Farm families recognized as conservation leaders

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Sand County Foundation just revealed the finalists for the Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin. Congratulations to all four families! Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are pleased to announce the finalists for the Leopold Conservation Award. “The diversity of these agricultural operations is remarkable, yet they […]

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McDonald’s embarks on transparency campaign

McDonald’s Canada has embarked on a campaign of transparency to answer consumers’ questions about how their products are made. The campaign addresses questions that are submitted to McDonald’s Canada’s Our food. Your questions website where consumers are urged to ask “any questions” about its products. A recent video, which appears below, addresses a question about how […]

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U.S. agricultural exports threatened by Farm Bill inaction

The following press release, distributed by the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, details the negative impact the lack of a Farm Bill is having on grain exports from the United States. This serves as an illustration of the export issue U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about during his appearance at the World Dairy Expo in […]

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