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    Extension Climatologist Optimistic Drought Will End Soon In Wisconsin

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on January 28, 2013

    Drought, high temperatures and other unusual weather conditions were the primary factors affecting agriculture in Wisconsin in 2012. The most visible effects were fields of stunted corn and sunburned alfalfa. This visible evidence of crop stress was manifested in sharp reductions in yields and production. According to the "Status of Wisconsin Agriculture 2013" report, Wisconsin corn production was down 17% from 2011, soybean output was off 11%. Hardest hit was alfalfa with…

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    Extreme Weather Records Were Set In Wisconsin In 2012

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on January 18, 2013

    If you thought 2012 was hot, you were right. Last year, at least 178 record-breaking extreme weather records were set in Wisconsin. Nationwide, 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow were broken by extreme weather events that hit communities throughout the U.S., according the Natural Resources Defense Council. 2012 tallies reveal even more monthly weather records set than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011, with record-breaking extreme events that occurred in every…

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    Farm Bill Extension Is Disappointing

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on January 7, 2013

    In the waning hours of 2012, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden negotiated a nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill. The measure, attached to the fiscal cliff legislation passed by the Senate on Jan. 1 and House of Representatives on Jan. 2, was a lost opportunity for true farm policy reform. Many smaller, targeted programs that invest in proven strategies to create rural jobs, revitalize rural communities and initiatives to foster a new…

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