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Wisconsin cranberry industry woos Chinese buyers

Posted: 08/29/2014 - The U.S. Agriculture Department projects Wisconsin will produce 5.4 million barrels of cranberries in 2014. That's more than 60 percent of the nation's total cranberry production.

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USDA launches new dairy insurance program

Posted: 08/28/2014 - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies.

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Record crops predicted; farmer's markets careful

Updated: 08/12/2014 - Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year's corn harvest to 14 billion bushels.

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Storms cause crop damage, halt field work

Updated: 06/25/2014 - Federal agriculture officials say the recent unrelenting storms caused widespread crop damage in Wisconsin and kept farmers out of their fields.

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Corn growers warn of propane problems

Posted: 06/12/2014 - Minnesota corn is three months away from harvest, but the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is encouraging farmers to plan ahead for their propane needs.

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USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to announce the program Tuesday near Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay in Michigan, where farm runoff causes algae blooms that degrade water quality.

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Farming groups launch tractor safety campaign

Updated: 05/14/2014 - Agricultural youth safety specialist Marsha Salzwedel said Wednesday that the Wisconsin-based Childhood Agricultural Safety Network launched the campaign after seeing numerous children killed and injured in accidents last year.

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More local farms starting up in Chippewa County

Updated: 05/13/2014 - 2012 data from the Federal Government shows that there are fewer farms in most Wisconsin counties. Except for Chippewa County, where there has been an increase in numbers.

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France suspends US pig imports over virus

Posted: 05/02/2014 - The Agriculture Ministry said Friday no cases of the virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhea, have been recorded in France since this epidemic broke out.

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Area farmers dealing with wet weather

Updated: 04/30/2014 - Local farmers say it's too soon to tell if the recent wet weather will affect when they can plant this years' crops.

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USDA establishes rural business investment program

Posted: 04/21/2014 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in Cedar Rapids on Monday to announce the formation of the first Rural Business Investment Company, licensed by the USDA to establish a fund that will invest in businesses.

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