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    Sustainable Farming Saved Wisconsin Agriculture

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on February 4, 2014

    Countless news releases cross my desk every month talking about sustainable farming practices and sustainable agriculture. Sustainability has become quite the buzz word during the past decade. Many people talk about it, but I'm not sure everyone understands what it is. If you look the word up in the dictionary, you will find that sustainable means "able to be maintained." Sustainable agriculture is defined as "exploiting natural resources without destroying the ecological…

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    Seed Catalogs Provide Inspiration To Plant The 'Perfect Garden'

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 15, 2013

    I find the arrival of seed catalogs a welcome sight in what is normally a mailbox full of junk mail, magazines and bills. Like most gardeners, as I turn the pages and look at the colorful and perfect fruit in the catalogs, I find myself inspired each spring to plant "the perfect garden." But unlike most gardeners, I don't plant a garden grown exclusively from seeds. Oh sure, I buy seeds for carrots, beets, lettuce, radishes, green beans, yellow beans and peas. But we plant…

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    2012 World Dairy Expo Set Attendance Record And A Whole Lot More

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on October 15, 2012

    Every year, I’m amazed at how World Dairy Expo manages to grow in both size and quality of the show. Each year, there seems to be more of everything – cows, people and exhibitors – and yet Expo seems to not only get bigger each year, but better, too. This year was no exception. According to World Dairy Expo Communications Manager Janet Keller, attendance at World Dairy Expo set another record this year. There were 71,788 people at the five-day show including…

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    Drought Will Impact Some Farmers More than Others

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on September 29, 2012

    When we look back a year from now or five years from now at the drought of 2012, one of the most extraordinary things we will have learned is that each farm was effected differently by the drought. Neighbors just down the road from each other or farms just a couple miles apart will have completely different outcomes from this growing season. Why? From conversations I've had with farmers, Extension agents and other agriculture professionals, the main factors impacting farmers are not how much…

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