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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

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

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

Helping beginning farmers get into production agriculture is one of the goals of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which is holding a nation meeting in Wisconsin. (Jean-Francois Mineri/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. -- One of the nation's premiere agriculture organizations, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, will hold its annual meeting this coming Sunday through Wednesday in Madison on the University of Wisconsin campus. The group is observing its 30th year of advocating for polici

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