Julian Emerson

Julian Emerson

Julian Emerson grew up in the woods of rural Trempealeau County and now lives in the Chippewa Valley. He is a freelance Rural Voices correspondent for Wisconsin Farmers Union.

CAMBRIDGE, WI - APRIL 25: Cows walk from a barn after being milked on Hinchley's Dairy Farm on April 25, 2017 near Cambridge, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Wisconsin author Michael Perry tackles farmers’ mental health struggles

By: - May 8, 2023

When national best-selling author and farm kid-turned-adult Michael Perry wrote his latest book, “Forty Acres Deep” about a farmer’s struggles with mental health, he worried the heavy topic might surprise and deter some of his readers, who are used to the homespun humor of his previous works. “I knew this would be different than a […]

Jordan Laatz, a UW-Whitewater student who is a member of the university's Native American club, braids white corn cobs together so that the cobs can be hung and dried before being processed and distributed to Oneida Nation tribal members. (Photo by Julian Emerson)

Honoring our food – and those who grow it – this holiday season 

By: - November 24, 2022

For years I had heard from my friends familiar with agriculture in the U.S. about the many benefits of eating food grown locally or regionally, and about the importance of supporting the people growing and raising those products. As I listened to them and learned more about the local food movement, bit by bit what […]