Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rick Barrett

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Rick:

Edited video of Mike Bloomberg appears to insult farmers, factory workers, but there's more to the story

The edited video from a 2016 appearance by Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has been circulated by supporters of President Trump → Read More

Wisconsinites received 515 million robocalls last year

Wisconsin received an estimated 515 million robocalls in 2019, up more than 80% in three years, according to YouMail, a robocall blocking service. → Read More

Dairy Management Inc. executive Vilsack wins $150,000 playing Powerball lottery

Dairy Management Inc. executive Tom Vilsack wins $150,000 playing Powerball lottery → Read More

Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix says dairy farming is cruel to cows, calves; dairy farmers disagree

Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix says dairy farming is cruel to cows, calves → Read More

Assembly Republican plan would seek to cut taxes for farmers

Assembly Republicans provided the outlines — but few concrete details — of their alternative to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to help dairy farmers. → Read More

Dairy farmer from Cadott will be at Trump's State of the Union address

Dairy farmer from Cadott will be at Trump's State of the Union address → Read More

Harley-Davidson's U.S. sales continue to skid but profit improves and sales rise in emerging international markets

Harley-Davidson Inc.’s motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down for the 12th consecutive quarter, but the company on Tuesday reported a rise in recent-quarter profit and was optimistic about the new year. “We see 2020 as the pivotal year" in the company's transformation, CEO Matt Levatich said in a statement. For the fourth quarter of 2019, ended Dec. 31, Harley reported earnings of $13.5 million,… → Read More

'You have this burden that you carry': For dairy farmers struggling to hold on, depression can take hold

This year alone, about 800 dairy farmers in Wisconsin quit or were forced out of the business. They are at risk for depression, despair, even suicide. → Read More

Struggling Wisconsin dairy farmers building a future with hazelnuts, specialty milk, goats and creative thinking

Wisconsin dairy farmers must think differently about the future and try new things if they want to keep farming. → Read More

We followed four Wisconsin dairy farms for a year as they struggled with an industry-wide crisis, one didn't make it

More than 800 Wiscons dairy farms have gone out of of business this year. Each closure is a chip away at a cherished piece of the state's identity as America's Dairyland. → Read More

Dean Foods, one of nation's largest Dairy processors, files for bankruptcy

Dean Foods, one of the nation’s largest dairy companies, has filed for bankruptcy protection, saying that its business has suffered from declines in consumer milk protection. The Dallas-based company also said it’s in advanced discussions with Dairy Farmers of America about selling “substantially” all of its assets to the cooperative. Dean and Dairy Farmers of America have a major presence in… → Read More

Harley-Davidson earnings fall as U.S. motorcycle sales remain mired in slump

Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday said its recent-quarter earnings fell 24% as tariffs and weak U.S. sales hurt its bottom line. → Read More

Farm Aid Live: Willie Nelson and Neil Young talk about saving farms; traffic a mess hours before show

Follow along Saturday as we bring you news from Farm Aid 2019 at Alpine Valley and reviews of the performers. → Read More

Farm Aid 2019 focuses on the dairy crisis, loss of small family farms

Wisconsin continues to lose dairy farms at the worst percentage rate since the Great Depression → Read More

Wild global forces are hurting Wisconsin dairy farmers. Here's what you should know.

Exports drive U.S. dairy farmers fortunes, but it's a bumpy, wild ride → Read More

Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?

Clever slogans and campaigns have failed to slow milk's decline or the rise of competing beverages. → Read More

Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history

Oleo smugglers, a milk war and more have flavored the state's dairy culture → Read More

Wisconsin's agricultural economy grows despite the loss of small dairy farms

Food processing, including dairy, accounted for most of the growth → Read More

Wisconsin cheesemakers win big in American Cheese Society competition

Wisconsin took home 122 prizes and swept six categories in the recent American Cheese Society competition. → Read More

Harley-Davidson profit tumbles on weak bike sales

Harley's motorcycle sales in the U.S. fell 8% from a year ago, amid strong foreign competition and less demand for big bikes. → Read More