This time of the year when many people travel to warmer places and young people go on spring break is a prime time for an on-going telephone scam called the "Grandparent Scam".

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection(DATCP) spokesperson Jerad Albracht outlines the scam...

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While tightly controlled, Wisconsin farmers will soon be allowed to explore a cash crop in which Wisconsin led the nation in production decades ago.

Industrial hemp licensing applications are available for Wisconsin's research pilot program. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications with a May 1 deadline.


The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is out with the top consumer complaints filed with that agency last year. Topping the list is....you guessed it...telemarketing.

Michelle Reinen is Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.... 

We hear from a state consumer official who says they're being deluged by calls from the public about scams. Ken Krall talks with Frank Frassetto,  Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection....

Frank Frassetto from the Department of Agrriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.


It's vacation time, but a state consumer affairs spokesperson says it's not time to relax as identity thieves can strike quickly if you let your guard down. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Jerad Albracht says a few suggestions include using a credit card instead of a debit card as the credit card offers more protection if lost or stolen. says be careful not to take along identity cards like Social Security, Medicare and banking cards. He says be very careful of ATM machines. A growing concern are skimmers.


With holiday shopping getting into full swing this week, state consumer protection officials say be vigilant when buying gift cards.

State consumer protection leader Frank Frassetto says gift cards are among the top gifts for the ninth year in a row. He says scammers know this, then try to get between you and your money by setting up phony cards and asking for information...

Avian Flu Hitting Wisconsin, Domestic Flocks Affected

Apr 16, 2015

A state spokesperson says the current outbreak of Avian flu in Wisconsin is not likely a threat to humans, but it is a threat to domestic poultry. 40 birds in a backyard flock in Juneau county and 126,000 turkeys in a commercial setting have been affected so far.

Raechelle Cline from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the flu is spread from wild birds to domestic birds. She says while it has proven fatal to domestic poultry, it hasn't killed wild birds...


It's that time again when cellphone, landline and voice over I. P. owners can renew or sign up for Wisconsin's No Call List.

The list stops private company telemarketers from calling you.

State Consumer Protection spokesperson Jerad Albracht says the quarterly sign up has proven popular...



Four years ago the Wisconsin legislature loosened restrictions on selling canning at places like Farmer's Markets. It was called the "Pickle Bill". Now a move is on to allow baked goods to be sold in a similar way.

The Assembly's Small Business Development Committee heard testimony this week on a bill allowing the selling of homemade baked goods like breads, muffins and cookies without the usual permit.

Northland Pines School District

Northland Pines students in Eagle River are among students from 39 other districts involved in the "Farm to School" program.

The program is a cooperative effort of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Americorps. It provides food and education says Northland Pines Science teacher Robin Indermuehle..


Saturday is the deadline if you want to stop pesky telemarketers from calling your personal telephones.

Wisconsin's "No Call" list allows citizens to sign up for free and have two years without commercial telemarketing calls.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Jim Dick details how it works...