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President Donald Trump reverses course on some aspects of his border policy. Also on the Thursday rundown: with the midterms approaching we will take you to a state, you might not expect to be reaching out to Latino voters: and Dan Heyman has a novel angle on the utility of medical marijuana

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Public News Service - WI: Sustainable Agriculture

This summer, kids at the Mellowhood Foundation will grow and sell their own line of hot pickles. (Mellowhood Foundation)

MADISON, Wis. – A program aimed at getting young people of color interested in food and agriculture is entering its second year with more knowledge on how to reach them. The Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems or "GULFS" program is a curriculum in southern Wisconsin that helps kids in middle

Cover crops are grown for several benefits ranging from protecting and enhancing soil to pest suppression, but a study finds they also can be an income source for carbon credits. (Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

MADISON, Wis. — Cover crops have been around about as long as farming. Among other benefits, cover crops are good for the soil and create a natural barrier against pests. But they could also have another surprising benefit: carbon credits. Cover crops eliminate a surprising amount of carbon

The Meudt Creek and Nighthollow subwatersheds are unique to southwestern Wisconsin. (Joshua Mayer/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. - New research is under way to help farmers and the environment in southwestern Wisconsin. Because the region's hilly landscape poses some interesting issues for agriculture and ecology, the state's Department of Natural Resources and Iowa County's conservation staff wanted to look at

The Madison School District is hoping that high-school students will be more likely to get their meals from an on-site food truck than heading off campus to eat lunch. (REAP Food Group)

MADISON, Wis. - A new food truck could be the answer to the school-lunch challenges that Madison-area high schools face. An open campus means only 25 percent of high-school students eat lunch at school, even though about half qualify for free or reduced-price meals. When they eat off-campus, they d

Proper pruning of organic apple trees is one of a number of topics to be covered at a March workshop by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. (MFAI)

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. – The organic apple crop in Wisconsin next fall will depend on a lot of things that will happen this spring. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a March 16 workshop on organic apple management to help owners of a few individual apple trees, those who grow ap

The benefits of cover cropping have become more apparent to farmers, who will get a chance to learn more about the practice at the annual Cover Crops Conference in early October. (Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

EAST TROY, Wis. – The annual Cover Crop Conference, coming up Oct. 4 at the Jackson Town Hall in Jackson, will examine the role of cover crops in soil and water quality against a backdrop of diminished protections. The event is sponsored by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the Milwaukee

More people are looking for a way to buy locally grown nutritious foods to improve their health and support the local economy. (UW Extension)

MADISON, Wis. - Whether you're looking for locally grown organic food, a restaurant that serves locally grown food or a farmer's market, a new website puts the information just a click away. The REAP Food Group in Madison has launched farmfreshatlas.org, which features more than 800 listings for so

Victor Cabrera is leading a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin trying to help dairy farmers manage the huge amounts of data they deal with. (William Graf/University of Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Dairy farms generate massive amounts of data every day – too much for a farmer to analyze alone. But a new app being developed at the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Sciences called Virtual Dairy Farm Brain aims to collate all that data in real time to help the farmer ma

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