A Second Chance: After life-changing injury, farmer-turned-researcher now teaches about agricultural dangers

In 1978, Robert “Chip” Petrea was injured while baling hay near his family’s dairy farm located just outside Iuka, Ill. The injury resulted in double-above the knee amputations for Petrea. Less than a year removed from the amputations, Petrea began to farm again. Today, he serves as a principal researcher for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a focus on agricultural safety and health, Petrea now helps prevent injuries such as his from happening to others.

DNR vacancies hinder CAFO enforcement

Water-quality advocates say Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources’ regulation of large farms, known as concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs, is too lax. DNR acknowledges low staffing levels have strained enforcement efforts, and described the program.

Disputed expansion of Wisconsin dairy watched for statewide impact

In a Green Bay hearing beginning Tuesday, a controversial attempt to expand a dairy farm set to become the fifth largest in Wisconsin will be challenged in a case that could have a far-reaching impact on how Wisconsin regulates industrial-size livestock farms.