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AgUpdate - Weekly
Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Farm debt, working capital worrying

David Widmar Agricultural Economic Insights

This past week we reviewed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest farm-income projections and noted sector-wide incomes are expected t… Read more


Beef herd works with nature

LeeAnne Bulman For Agri-View

RIDGEWAY, Minn. – Maximum use of his land and maximum gains in his beef herd motivated Mike Steinfeldt of southeastern Minnesota to switch … Read more

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Ag's big data growing bigger

Lynn Grooms lgrooms@madison.com

“Big data” is big in agriculture – and becoming bigger. Farmers and their agricultural-industry partners are increasingly using sensors, gl… Read more


Outdoor trips satisfy adventure cravings

Jason Maloney For Agri-View

For some reason farm work often leads one to crave outdoor adventure. It may be because the physical and mental work on a farm leads to tan… Read more


Dairy diversifies to survive downturn

Donnelle Eller The Des Moines Register via AP

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – Doug Stensland says his family’s dairy faced a decision in 2015, when what would become a farm-ending crisis for man… Read more


Rural Wisconsin needs revitalization

Dan Smith Cooperative Network

OPINION  The phrase most uttered by those involved in Wisconsin agriculture as the 2019 growing season fades into the past must be, “Good r… Read more


Farmer on mission for hemp

Greg Galbraith For Agri-View

WAUSAU, Wis. – Dave Fierek is on a mission. He’s a Hatley, Wisconsin, hemp farmer who wants to help people experience the benefits of hemp … Read more


Sitting still for five minutes difficult

LeeAnne Bulman For AgriView

INDEPENDENCE, Wis. – From the pages of the New York Times to the edge of his manure pit and from his back-40 to Washington, D.C., it’s anyb… Read more


Teacher turned farmer says 'learn'

Lynn Grooms lgrooms@madison.com

Editor's note: This article is part of a series of articles featuring members of the Soil Sisters, an official program of Renewing the Coun… Read more


Farm capital expenditures stabilizing

Brent Gloy Agricultural Economic Insights

It’s no great secret that modern farming requires significant amounts of capital. Capital expenditures made by farm businesses can be quite… Read more


Recipes from the Farm

Cherlyn Beachy For Agri-View

For the first 21 years of my life I lived on a farm with two houses. My family lived in one house and an elderly farmer named Sam lived in … Read more


From the Woodlot

Greg Galbraith For Agri-View

I thought the recent “Musings on the Herd” session at the recent GrassWorks conference was a terrific idea. It was a take on the famed Moth… Read more

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Got treats? Cuteness deserves rewards

Greg Galbraith/For Agri-View