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As the dairy industry suffered a huge economic blow in 2009, so did Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. Total receipts from the state’s farm marketings dropped by an estimated $1.8 billion (18 percent) in 2009, with nearly 80 percent of that decline resulting from much smaller milk checks. Coincidently, the equity of the state’s dairy industry also fell by $1.8 billion last year.

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During the Western Regional Dairy Challenge held in Twin Falls, Idaho on March 4-6, 50 students from five universities across the Western states were acquainted with a dairy and the problems that can come from family farming on a large scale.

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Due to the budget cuts, Michigan State University is scaling back some of its operations at the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station in the Upper Peninsula.

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Selling raw milk in Wisconsin would be legalized under a bill up for a hearing Wednesday in Eau Claire.

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The former CEO of Humboldt Creamery says he’s not guilty of fraud in connection with financial problems that bankrupted the former farmer cooperative. Rich Ghilarducci entered his plea in federal court Wednesday.

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Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Scott Yates is studying how oxytetracycline (OTC), an antibiotic that is administered to animals, breaks down in cattle manure.

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