The calendar says spring but the weather says snow, so farmers in Wisconsin had little chance to plant crops.
Ground beef from Michigan and sold there and in Wisconsin has been recalled because pieces of hard plastic have been found in the packages.
The government shutdown created some confusion about the meetings, which are still listed on the USDA website. Agency phones went unanswered Tuesday, and outgoing messages indicated furloughed employees do not have access to email or voicemail.
A federally-funded nutrition program for women, infants and children remains open in Madison and Dane County, despite the federal government partial shutdown.
Eggs that are still in their shells shouldn't be frozen. If you accidentally froze some eggs and the shells burst, the USDA suggests you throw them out. If the shells didn't crack, you can thaw them in the refrigerator for later use. Just be warned, the texture will likely be off.
While you don't need to automatically throw away an accidentally frozen canned good, the USDA recommends taking some precautions before eating the item in question. If the can appears swollen, try thawing it in the refrigerator before opening it. This applies only if you're absolutely sure the swelling is because of the cold. If the can swells for other reasons, toss it. If everything — color, texture, smell — appears normal, you're probably in the clear. If anything seems off, get rid of it. And if the seams on the can appear to have rusted or burst, don't risk it.
Wet, cold weather has hampered the harvest in Wisconsin, with dry weather needed to get the remaining crops in.
Cold and dry weather helped Wisconsin farmers do plenty of field work last week, but some areas still had slow going thanks to snow on the ground and fields not totally frozen.
A Dane County dairy herd has been quarantined after bovine tuberculosis was discovered in the carcass of a cow from that herd, during a routine slaughter inspection.
A Madison husband and wife have been charged with 16 counts of theft for allegedly stealing the identity of a person and using that information to get federal food benefits.
Rain almost every day kept farmers out of fields in Wisconsin last week, preventing fall harvest work to move along.
The first hard freeze of fall hit northern Wisconsin last week, bringing the growing season to a halt up north, but the main concern of farmers is the need for dry weather.
Disease and flood damage continue to impact corn fields in southern Wisconsin, while rain slowed the harvest of crops in some parts of the state.
Sunny skies and dry weather was great news for Wisconsin farmers last week, with crops maturing rapidly and harvesting in full throttle.
Heavy rain after Labor Day again kept farmers from getting into fields, but the rain let up by mid-week, allowing some field work to get done in Wisconsin.
Up to a foot of rain fell Aug. 27 in the southern half of the state.
The crop progress report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Aug. 26 said several rounds of thunderstorms moved through the state, a boon to most but a bane to others.