LSC student Tegan Wendland recently published a news
story on how herbicidal drift could impact Wisconsin’s growing vineyard industry. Wendland is completing a yearlong paid internship with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit news organization affiliated with the journalism school at UW-Madison, Wisconsin Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Wendland has specialized in producing multimedia reports both for print and for air on WPR.
The story explores the potential economic and agricultural impacts of herbicidal drift originating from neighboring corn and soybean farms. The number of vineyards in the state has increased dramatically over the past few years and the diversity of agriculture makes drift an unavoidable threat, according to grape growers and UW Extension experts.