Two articles came up in my newsfeed this week: One from The New York Times - Farmland Values Hit Record Highs, Pricing Out Farmers and from local news in Iowa - Record price for Iowa farmland now $30,000 an acre Let's pause to let that sink in. This record comes on the heels of the … Continue reading With farmland selling at record prices, next-generation farmers need our help
When you need an excuse to stay inside and on the couch, you can say it's for educational purposes when you're watching these new regenerative agriculture videos, just published. First up: FoxRAP's Listen to the Land Community Story Project, where we get to know our local farmers who grow our food, steward the land, and … Continue reading New regenerative ag videos for chilly weather
Did you know cereal rye is one of the most cold-tolerant and reliable cover crops, germinating even at temperatures just above freezing? It's one of the most widely planted cover crops, and can be planted right now in late October. If weather doesn't cooperate for strong fall establishment, you’ll still see it green up in … Continue reading Midwest Cover Crop Decision Tool: Find the best cover crop even as we coooool down
Somewhere we Wisconsinites were taught that leaves are enemies to banish from the landscape. We spend much time and effort on this endeavor. In reality, fall leaves are incredibly beneficial for our land, gardens, even livestock. They're full of carbon [plant food] and minerals drawn up from deep in the earth by the tree roots. … Continue reading 5 uses for fall leaves on your land
Are you an aspiring farmer full of questions on how to get started? Maybe you're a new farmer looking for advice or guidance? Are you a farmer with several years of experience under your belt and want to help the next generation? Programs around WI and the Upper Midwest are open for both opportunities. Check … Continue reading InspireBites: Be a farming mentor! Or mentee!
Wisconsin Pork Industry Needs Assessment The University of Wisconsin Madison Division of Extension invites you to participate in a Needs Assessment Survey for the Pork Industry in Wisconsin. Results of the survey will help determine the educational needs of Wisconsin swine producers. The Swine extension team can then shape programs to deliver valuable information to … Continue reading UW Swine Survey!
New funding from the USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program was recently announced, naming 70 pilot projects, of which 16 will involve Wisconsin farmers and ag groups. Wisconsin ag organizations like Organic Valley, Savanna Institute, and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative have received funding to invest in regenerative practices like cover crops, pasture management, reducing tillage, … Continue reading InspireBites: Federal investment in climate-smart agriculture is coming to Wisconsin farms
Here at FoxRAP, we've got 4 pillar objectives: Connect community Grow local food and farm products Preserve farms Protect natural resources Right now, we have a big project underway that, while ultimately checks each of those boxes, will be a huge step forward for farmland preservation in our area. One tool we'll be using to … Continue reading Agriculture Conservation Easements: a critical land preservation tool
From the article: “We’re trying to create a more vibrant local food economy, one in which farmers can provide high-quality, healthy food to the people of this community while farming in such a way as to preserve our environment.” said Kristy Allen, one of the founding members of the [St. Croix Valley Food Alliance in … Continue reading InspireBites: “Wisconsin farmers join together to get healthy food to people in their region”
Author's note: FoxRAP is an agricultural organization, and our resources are often designed for farmers. But many of those resources, including the ones we're sharing here today, can be applied on non-farm land, even in an urban backyard. We believe everyone is a land steward and we strive to support stewards of all sizes. If … Continue reading Land stewardship for wildlife habitat