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Small farms have a Big impact: Local food a high priority...

Big or small farm?  Store shelf or CSA box?  Whatever route, Wisconsin consumers have the best of all food worlds. According to the 2012 Census...

Food & Agriculture

From the farm to the store – Wisconsin style Consumers demanding to know more about their food choices now have the tools to do so,...

Madison’s CALS: shaping the future of agriculture

In Wisconsin, agriculture matters. The state’s farms and allied agricultural businesses generated $88.3 billion in economic activity and created 413,500 jobs in 2012. That’s the most recent data available, presented in a study released in 2014 by professor Steve Deller of UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). 

Heartland Farms: no small potatoes

Heartland Farms is no small potatoes when it comes to tubers; the company produces more than 450 million pounds of spuds a year. Heartland, a fifth-generation facility, ships out of Almond, Amherst Junction, Hancock and Plainfield.

Wisco Pop! Soda au natural

For one Wisconsin firm, the soda manufacturing business is snap, crackle and … Wisco Pop! The Viroqua-based company, founded by Ashley Austin and his wife, Hallie, launched their firm in July, 2012. They now produce their beverages out of the Food Enterprise Center, a 100,000-square-foot business incubator in Viroqua.

Angelic Bakehouse: heavenly bread

Angelic Bakehouse’s James and Jenny Marino know their dough. A former hedge fund manager, he acts as chief operating officer and she is president and CEO of the Cudahy company, a Women Owned Business certified through The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The couple has operated Angelic for five years, after purchasing Cybros, a 45-year-old Waukesha bakery. They updated, revamped and rebranded the product line.

Feeding the world: Wisconsin ag exports on the rise

Most Wisconsin farmers smiled broadly at the end of 2014. Among the reasons: mostly good weather in mid-to-late summer resulting in high yields. However, the outlook for 2015 is a mixed bag.

FOOD & AGRICULTURE: Down on the farm: Your next great vacation

Agriculture and tourism are locked hand in hand in Wisconsin and together they are a winning combination. That’s the message that Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett shouts loud and clear.

FOOD & AGRICULTURE: Say “cheese”: Westby Cooperative Creamery

By any measure, a cooperative that has survived since 1903 deserves a thundering round of applause. Located two hours west of Madison (that’s certainly more than several hundred cows end-to-end), the co-op has more than 160 local members. Many of the farms supplying milk have been in the same families for four to five generations.

FOOD & AGRICULTURE: A strong heritage and a bright future

Politics aside, after the bruising battle over passing a new U.S. Farm Bill, the Wisconsin farm economy is strong. Agriculture continues to be a major plus in the economy in general and in Wisconsin in particular, confirmed Ben Brancel, secretary of the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Tourism Protection.
Wisconsin's farms and agricultural businesses generate more than $59.6 billion in economic activity and provide jobs for 353,991 people, indicated by UW-Madison and UW-Extension research. There are 76,800 Wisconsin farms in Wisconsin according to the United States Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Statistics Service. Total farmland hovers around 15.0 million acres, with average size at 195 acres.

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