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OPINION  In a state as abundant in water as Wisconsin, it’s easy to take for granted the rich groundwater resources running below our feet. Our Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, and there’s more than enough water available for drinking, recreation, wildlife and business. But growing concerns regarding the public health and ecological impacts of agricultural and industrial pollutants in our water mean we must reevaluate how we manage water resources in Wisconsin.

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The news of a new COVID-19 variant put a scare into the grain markets last week as traders became concerned about future shutdowns in the economy. But despite that scare, the market continues to offer farmers high prices for corn and soybeans.

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment -- which the herd has spent generations adapting to -- to a place with a different climate, a different elevation or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees an opportunity to use science to solve that problem, both to improve the welfare of cattle and to plug a leak in a nearly $50 billion industry in the United States.

WESTBY, Wis. – Organics are at the heart of Tiffany Cade’s passion for providing her community with produce that has fresh and local flavor. Deep Rooted Organics is a Certified Organic Farm near Westby.

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We had a very nice last week of October and first week of November, with dry and warm weather making for perfect harvest conditions. Farmers in our area of western Wisconsin were busy doing everything from harvesting corn and soybeans, to putting up cornstalk bedding and a limited amount of tillage. I even saw one farmer had some hay windrowed that he was working on.

In a few short days we will all sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday that is meant for us to reflect and decide what it is for whi…

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MINERAL POINT, Wis. – At 90 years of age David Reichling could be sitting at home taking it easy. Instead he’s checking harvest progress and managing the grain-drying operation at Reichling Farms, his family’s farming operation near Mineral Point. That’s not all; the veteran farmer still keeps the farming operation’s books.