A federal program will give Wisconsin and 10 other states a $20 million boost to help farmers, cheese makers, and other dairy processors develop new products and new markets.
Nine counties in Wisconsin were found to have overapplied manure by more than 50%, leading to an increase in the state’s water quality issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a backup for farmers who want to market their livestock.
The Wisconsin DNR announced it is abandoning its effort to develop regulations that would reduce nitrate pollution in drinking water caused by manure and commercial fertilizer runoff.
The largest of the proposals would spend $20 million on grants to help food banks and nonprofits buy food from local farmers to distribute to families experiencing food insecurity.
Wisconsin is now home to 105,000 acres of either new or enhanced habitat for monarch butterflies.