Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:32 AM CST
Rain
Temperature
48°F
Dew Point
48°F
Humidity
100%
Wind
SE at 8 mph
Barometer
29.47 in. F
Visibility
1.50 mi.
Sunrise
07:02 a.m.
Sunset
04:24 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 47 to 40 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 11 miles per hour from the south. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
7-Day Forecast
Sunday
47°F / 35°F
Light Rain
Monday
35°F / 22°F
Light Rain/Snow
Tuesday
29°F / 17°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
29°F / 11°F
Light Snow
Thursday
17°F / 7°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
32°F / 14°F
Snow
Saturday
17°F / 8°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:32 AM CST
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 47 to a low of 35 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 18 miles per hour from the northwest. 0.72 inches of rain are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 39 to 41 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 6 miles per hour from the east. Expect rain amounts between a quarter and half of an inch.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 40 to 36 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 10 and 18 miles per hour from the northwest. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 35 to a low of 22 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 14 and 19 miles per hour from the westnorthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.

Top reasons to shop at a Wisconsin Farmers Market

Aug. 4, 2014 | 0 comments

A commentary by Brad Pfaff, USDA Farm Service Agency, Wisconsin State Executive Director.

This week marks the15th Annual National Farmers Market Week, where we celebrate the abundance of summer and the farmers and ranchers who make it possible.

USDA has identified strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of rural economic development.

Nationwide, local food is one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. The 2012 Census of Agriculture indicates that 150,000 farmers and ranchers nationwide are selling their products directly to consumers, often through farmers markets. Through the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA is making a historic investment of more than $78 million to support farmers markets and local and regional food systems.

As State Executive Director of Wisconsin, I have seen firsthand how farmers markets here in Wisconsin are helping to support family farms and grow local economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide the Badger State with fresh, healthy food.

In honor of this week and Wisconsin's farmers, here are my top five reasons to shop at a farmers market this week (and every week):

1. You're buying local. Farmers markets bring benefits not only to producers, but also to consumers and our local communities as well. When local food marketing opportunities exist for rural producers, they cause ripple effects throughout the rural economy. Farms buy fertilizer and seed, invest in farm machinery, contract the services of custom operators, and support local businesses like restaurants and retailers. Growth in these areas leads to new demand for community services like schools and hospitals, which in turn leads to jobs.

2. Strong local economies. This segment of agriculture is a vibrant growth area that is drawing young people back to rural communities, generating jobs, and improving quality of life. Spending our hard earned money with local businesses helps support Wisconsin's economy, ensures that more of every food dollar ends up back in a farmers' pocket, and helps keep that money circulating in Wisconsin.

3. Farmers markets are easy to find. The USDA's National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets across the country, a 76 percent increase since 2008. Here in Wisconsin, the number of farmers markets has grown to nearly 300. You can find a farmers market near you by typing in your zip code at www.farmersmarkets.usda.gov.

4. Talk about options. Farmers markets offer a wide variety of fresh, affordable, convenient and healthy products sold directly from the farm. You can find ideas for how to use your purchases at www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov.

5. They take plastic. In addition to accepting cash, many farmers markets now take advantage of mobile card readers and can accept credit cards, nutrition program benefits and even gift cards. The directory at www.farmersmarkets.usda.gov lists payment options available at each market.

For more information on National Farmers Market Week and what USDA is doing to support farmers in Wisconsin, visit www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer.

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