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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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May 19, 2017

Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo details two bills that target serious juvenile crime.

April 21, 2017

The proposal would have required justices to recuse themselves from cases in which they received a certain level of campaign donation from one of the parties. The proposal would have also applied to other courts in the state where judges are elected. WPR reporter Shawn Johnson lays out the issue.

April 21, 2017

UW-Madison agriculture economist Mark Stephenson talks about a trade dispute with Canada that has negatively affected Wisconsin dairy farmers, Executive Director of Citizen's Action of Wisconsin Robert Kraig talks about proposed changes to state Medicaid enrollment requirements, Shawn Johnson talks about the state Supreme Court's decision to toss out a proposal to toughen recusal standards.

April 21, 2017

Closer Look: The bill would also allow people to bring guns to school grounds. The bill would eliminate the need for gun users to apply for a state license, which requires both a background check and training. Gov. Scott Walker said he's happy with the current concealed carry law in the state.

April 14, 2017

DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel talks about how to help farmers who were recently dropped from their milk contracts, WisContext's Scott Gordon talks about his reporting on the state's Farm to Schools program and Washburn County Forest Administrator Mike Peterson talks about illegal birch harvesting in his county.

April 14, 2017

First Look: Ben Brancel is secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Grassland Dairy processor is cancelling their contracts with 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers at the end of this month, leaving many of those farmers struggling to find a buyer. The Wisconsin delegation sent a bipartisan letter Wednesday urging the federal government to work toward a solution.

April 14, 2017

WisContext: Scott Gordon talks about his reporting on the program. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal cuts the coordinator position for the effort, which works to bring farmers' food to schools and provides educational opportunities for students. Tim Zander is one of the farmers who works with the program.

April 14, 2017

A recently-introduced bipartisan effort would require two state agencies work together to help veterans who are interested in going into farming, as well as those already in agriculture. It would also place a label on foods grown by veterans.

April 14, 2017

A new tariff from Canada has forced processor Grassland to drop 75 Wisconsin farmers. The farmers got notice on April 1 from the processor that they wouldn't be able to take their milk after 30 days. As the deadline to find a new buyer looms, farmers are scrambling to find a home for their milk.

April 14, 2017

Mike Peterson is the Washburn County forest administrator. He said the illegal harvesting processes is harming county land and threatens the regrowth of birch trees in the area. Thieves are most likely selling the illegally-harvested birch to be used for home decor.

April 7, 2017

State Senate Minority Leader Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, opposes a bill that would loosen regulations on high powered wells in the state. Under the bill, the DNR would not have oversight on the wells if they’re repaired, replaced or the property is sold. That measure passed the state Senate this week.

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