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Ways to support Wisconsin farmers during pandemic

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There has been a lot of uncertainty in our lives right now and we're not the only ones. Our state's farmers are also facing uncertainty and challenges. News 18 Daybreak learned ways we can help support them in more ways than one. The 72nd Alice in Dairyland, Abigail Martin talked with Daybreak's Katie Phernetton about how we all can help.

Watch the full interview above.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, how can we be assured that Wisconsin farmers are still farming?

Spring is a very busy time on the farm, and you can be sure Wisconsin farmers are still showing up to work every day. Farm families across our state continue to care for livestock, tend to daily chores and begin planting crops in the fields. My family began planning alfalfa this weekend, which we will harvest several times this summer as feed for our cows. In Wisconsin, farmers will be planting everything from corn and soybeans to carrots and green beans this spring. If you are looking for a family activity this week and weekend, plan a road trip through the country side and turn your attention to the fields. Look for a farmer in a tractor and try to guess what he or she is planting.

A major thing right now is people are asking how they can support each other and that includes our farmers and processors so how we do that?

Be sure to look for Wisconsin grown and made products in the grocery store. An easy way to do this is to look for the "Something Special from Wisconsin" and "Proudly Wisconsin Dairy" logos. Many Wisconsin agriculture companies also have online stores to shop from the comfort of your home. When you choose Wisconsin goods, you are supporting family farms and family-owned companies located in our backyard. Buying local products keeps dollars in our state and keeps our communities going strong.

Katie Phernetton

Katie Phernetton is one of the Daybreak morning anchors.

She joined News 18 in August of 2018 after working as a reporter for five years in the Green Bay market. Born and raised in Green Bay, she prides herself in being a cheesehead through and through.

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