Agriculture

It's been a big year for the lily leaf beetle in Wisconsin.
Shared via
WPR
Nearly 60 years after gray wolves were considered extinct in Wisconsin, the population has rebounded dramatically. But the conservation success story has turned into a nuisance for hunters, farmers and others whose animals are increasingly encountering wolves.
Shared via
PBS Wisconsin
The 2019 gun deer season marks the 18th since the discovery of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's herd. Four hunters explain why they do and do not get their harvest tested for CWD. Meanwhile, researchers are using a depopulated deer farm to investigate how the disease is spread.
Audio: 
Shared via
WPR
The American Public Health Association is calling on federal, state and local governments to halt approval of large livestock farms until more is known about their impacts to public health.
Shared via
PBS Wisconsin
Lafayette County officials proposed a resolution threatening to prosecute journalists if they did not quote county news releases verbatim. Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders discusses freedom of the press and the Lafayette County Board's activities.
From the outside, Tricklebee Café in Milwaukee's Sherman Park looks like any other restaurant. Upon entry, however, it becomes clear that this café is different.
Large livestock and poultry farms generate complaints for the stenches they can produce. But do any stink more than the others?
Audio: 
Shared via
WPR
Turkey farms in Wisconsin continue to cater to local markets. But 2017 numbers numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show some decline in production.
Shared via
PBS Wisconsin
One reason the Wisconsin State Senate rejected the nomination of Brad Pfaff as the state's agriculture secretary was proposed revisions to livestock siting rules. Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden discusses these proposals and the politics surrounding them.
Audio: 
Shared via
WPR
One factor central to policy debates of livestock siting and other agricultural policies in Wisconsin is the state's "right-to-farm" law. National Agricultural Law Center attorney Rusty Rumley discusses Wisconsin's version of the law and similar laws across the nation.