Agriculture News


Farmers sometimes deal with regulations that are difficult to interpret, hard to apply to diversified farms, and enacted differently in different regions. Farm Commons’ new “Working with Regulators” guide gives farmers the legal perspective they need to manage these situations. 

Using plenty of practical examples and stories, this guide:

  • Explains how regulations are created and enforced while highlighting the influence farmers have over the process;
  • Gives tips for when and how to speak with regulators especially while trying to create an innovative new farm business model;
  • Discusses the role of an attorney, especially if an enforcement action is underway, and offers possibilities for keeping the option affordable.

Whether the legal issue is one of land use, food safety, employment, or another of the complex regulations affecting diversified farm businesses, knowing the legal basis for regulations is essential to finding a resolution. Pick up legal background, hints, and ideas for successfully working with inspectors and government agents as they write, apply, and enforce regulations on farms. Diversified and direct to consumer farm businesses will find this guide the most useful as their creative business models sometimes challenge regulatory frameworks.

Rare is the farmer who seeks out relationships with regulators at any level. Farm Commons hopes that idea is a little less unusual or scary for farmers after they read Working with Regulators!

University of Wisconsin Extension Specialists Share Horticultural Insights   

All are welcome to join the Fairlawn Garden Club and UW – Extension Lake Superior Master Gardeners as they welcome UW–Extension horticulture specialists to the Fairlawn Garden talks this spring.  The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 9, Dr. Mark Renz, Invasive Plants of the Northwoods. Dr. Renz will lead a discussion of which invasive plants are established in our area, what plants are on the way, why it matters, and how you can help monitor the spread. Identification of the upcoming invasive species to keep an eye on will be included.

Thursday, March 16, Dr. Mike Maddox, Aspects of Healing Horticulture. The presentation will demonstrate and share practical methods for using horticulture as means to increase quality of life in the realm of physical, emotional, and mental health.

Thursday, April 6, Dr. PJ Liesch, Beyond Pollinators: Other Beneficial Insects in the Landscape. We are learning much about the loss of pollinators and their habitat.  What other beneficial insects are making our lives strong and healthy?  Join us for this important and interesting presentation.

All Fairlawn Garden Talks begin at 6:00 pm at the Fairlawn Mansion, 906 East 2nd Street in Superior. The cost of each event is $10.00/person. Dessert will be provided by the Sweet Guys. Call 715-394-5712 for advance registration.

“This forum of presentations brings University horticulture information and research to the local community”, explains Jane Anklam, University of Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Educator. “We are excited to join the Superior Public Museum in making this information accessible and pertinent to our growing conditions.”

University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating.  UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements.  Any person requiring special accommodations for attending Douglas County UW Extension Programs should contact 715-395-1363or 711 for relay in advance of scheduled programs so that appropriate arrangements can be made.





Sheep Breeders Association Shepherds’ Clinic, February 4, 2017

This annual workshop continues to be one of the largest educational events for sheep producers and 4-H & FFA youth in the upper Midwest.  The 2017 Shepherds’ Clinic has expanded to include goats as well as sheep.

Themes of the Shepherds’ Clinic  will focus on Profitability—Sustainability—Genetics/Reproduction/Flock Health and Youth Education.

Check out Agriculture Podcasts from UW-Extension!

This month’s podcast is  Veterinary Feed Directive: Part 1 The Basics, Responsibilities, and Drugs

In this podcast series, we will discuss the new changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive and what that means for you. UW-Extension agriculture agent, Sarah Mills-Lloyd, covers the basics about what you need to know to be in compliance with the new changes and what types of drugs will be affected.

Wisconsin Farm Succession and Estate Planning – August 25-March 23

Read the entire article at:

September 22 – Tax implications of transitioning from a sole
proprietorship to an LLC
 – Kari Apel, CPA, CEO of Apel Associates (1:00 – 3:00)

October 27 – Overview of succession planning – Joy Kirkpatrick, Center for Dairy Profitability (1:00 – 3:00)

November 17 – How big is your house? How big does it need to be?
Financial Analysis for succession planning
 – Kevin Bernhardt, UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist (1:00 – 3:00)

January 26 – Estate Planning – Bridget Finke, Attorney, Bakke Norman Law Offices (1:00 – 3:00)

February 23 – Long Term Care: Planning for my future needs – Steve Shapiro, Medigap Insurance Specialist, State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care and the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (1:00 -3:00)

March 23 – Medicaid Eligibility and Recovery – Anthony Schmoldt, Attorney Schmoldt Law Office (1:00 – 3:00)

Farm Succession 2016 Flyer

Check out the Learning Store for publications on many agriculture topics including:

Basic Soil Sampling for Wisconsin Agriculture

Commercial Vegetable Production

Temperature Management in High Tunnel Vegetable Production

NEW!  Successful Methods for Efficient and Safe Composting of Mortalities

NEW!  Wolves in Farm Country in Wisconsin




The Douglas County Newsletter that talks about the important issues of Agriculture including Dairy for Profit, Crops and Soils, Meat Quality and so much more!

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Your Agriculture/Horticulture Educator is Jane Anklam.  You can contact Jane at 715-395-1515 or Visit us often and let us know if you have any agricultural needs, problems, or ideas. 

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