Even before joining the Union, agriculture was the life-blood of the territory that became the great state of Wisconsin.
We were “America’s breadbasket”, growing one-sixth of the country’s wheat in the early 1800’s, and grew larger by becoming the dairy state we know today; Wisconsin and its farmers have been putting food on our tables and supporting our communities for nearly two hundred years.
But recently farmers in Wisconsin, and across the nation, have started to come under fire. Many have been quick to criticize farmers on everything from the use of water to irrigate their crops, to the fertilizers they use, to what a “Wisconsin Farm” is “supposed” to look like.
In reality, these issues aren’t as black & white as some people tend to believe. The factors involved in groundwater and its use are complex. The need for fertilizers is proven fact to help with crop development and family farms, despite their size, remain family farms. Often those criticizing farmers don’t completely understand the complexity of the issues at hand, the innovative ways in which farmers deal with these issues every day, or the greater effect irrigation agriculture has on the state itself.
This blog will not only look at how farming in Wisconsin affects the state’s water and environment, but also how farming impacts consumers and the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents employed in agriculture. We welcome your feedback and discussion!