Knowing Your Roots

America’s Breadbasket

Since the very beginning, agriculture has been the life-blood of the state of Wisconsin.

Whether it was being “America’s breadbasket”, growing one-sixth of the country’s wheat in the early 1800’s, or 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 how big is too big when it comes to family farms.

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.

That’s why with this blog we’ll not only look at how farming in Wisconsin affects the state’s water and environment, but also how it impacts the mother who feeds her kids with vegetables grown locally, or the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents employed in agriculture.

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