PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

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Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

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

Helping Wisconsin farmers analyze their finances and making operational recommendations are some of the things the Wisconsin Agriculture Department's Farm Center can do to help farmers succeed. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Even in the best of times, running a successful farming operation is more complicated and demanding than most people realize. It's a tough time for farmers now, and that's why the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture are sponsoring a m

Wisconsin's Senate minority leader says the state needs to make bigger investments in infrastructure, specifically broadband Internet, to help rural communities grow. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin families are working harder than ever, but finding it more difficult than ever to move forward, according to Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling. The La Crosse Democrat says Wisconsin does better when all of the state's families do better, and advocat

Information from the agriculture census is used by rural communities in Wisconsin for infrastructure spending, road planning, even hospital siting. The census is taken every five years. (UW Extension)

MADISON, Wis. – Every five years, a complete count of America's farms and ranches is taken, and the new questionnaire is in the mail this month. Data regarding land use and ownership, production practices and more is collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Census of

Some Wisconsin legislators say ending net neutrality would compromise Internet service for rural residents, who already are hampered by slow broadband speed. (UW Extension)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Protests are scheduled Thursday in Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality. At issue is whether the Internet should be regulated like a public utility, with equal access for all content providers. The Federal Communica

Helping set goals for farm production systems and conservation planning are elements of a new service offered by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. (Jessica Arp)

EAST TROY, Wis. – The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy has launched a Conservation Planning and Sustainability Consulting Service for farmers and other landowners. The new service is the result of the institute facing increased demand for information on how best to manage l

Around 75,000 people from close to 100 nations will gather in Madison this week for the annual World Diary Expo. (World Dairy Expo)

MADISON, Wis. – The worldwide dairy industry gathers in Madison this week for the annual World Dairy Expo. Some events are scheduled Monday. The industry faces challenges both old and new as it adapts to changing trends in milk production, processing and herd genetics. The critical factor of

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

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