Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center aims to connect public with farming
The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center allows visitors to simulate driving a combine at harvest time, lift a faux block of cheese, learn how yogurt is made and discover more about mink, fish, poultry and bison farms in Wisconsin.

There is an interactive exhibit that uses kinetic sand, lights and a computer program to simulate what happens when land and water are altered. Other displays showcase farmers markets, soil, honey, automatic milking machines, robotic feed pushers and drones that can spot weeds....

...But while milk production remains robust, thanks to increasingly larger farm operations that can milk thousands of cows a day, milk prices are down, there are concerns about tariffs and small dairy farms are vanishing across the state. According to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, there were 7,722 licensed dairy herds in Wisconsin as of June 1, 2019. In July 2004, there were 15,488, according to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection....

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Ken Notes: I fear that this wonderful exhibit will soon become a history museum because we are losing farms at an alarming rate. We need to work to fix this but there seems little interest in preserving the family or smaller farm. 49.86% gone and counting....



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