GUEST:  ED Janus – Journalist, Oral Historian, Author and Former Dairyman

Caring for cows saved our soil, created our landscape, brought prosperity to our state, and still shapes our way of life in Wisconsin says Ed Janus whose insightful book, Creating Dairyland, is the story of how our Wisconsin landscape and way of life were created.  

The dairy industry didn’t just happen in Wisconsin.  Wheat farming prevailed until the soil was depleted, and the choice was either to keep moving westward or find a way to stay.  The cow provided that reason, and with the help of the land grant University of Wisconsin, the introduction of silos, the increasing desire for consistent high-quality milk and cheese, Wisconsin became America’s Dairyland.  

On this program, Ed Janus describes how the cow and the people willing to care for them defines Wisconsin.