Wisconsin Agriculture by Jerry Apps covers the rich and diverse story of farming in the Dairy State. Wisconsin produces much more than cows, milk and cheese. In fact, the Badger state is one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation. The author examines everything from the fundamental influences of landscape and weather to complex matters of ethnic and pioneer settlement patterns, changing technology, agricultural research and education, and government regulations and policies. Along with expected topics, such as the cranberry industry and artisan cheesemaking, this book delves into beef cattle and dairy goats, fur farming and Christmas trees, maple syrup and honey, and other specialty crops, including ginseng, hemp, cherries, sugar beets, mint, sphagnum moss, flax and hops. The author also explores new and rediscovered farming endeavors, from aquaculture to urban farming to beekeeping, and looks to the future of farming, contemplating questions of ethical growing practices, food safety, sustainability and the potential effects of climate change.
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Author: Jerry Apps
Hardcover - 8 in. x 9 in.
192 photos and illustrations, 2 maps
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Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of many books on rural history and country life, including "Old Farm: A History" and "Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses." Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he spent countless hours working in the barn, milking and feeding cows, helping to store hay in the haymow, and appreciating the barn's importance to the life of a farm.