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Biologist researching growing rice commercially in Wisconsin


MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Marquette University biology professor is researching the possibility of growing rice commercially in Wisconsin, despite the state's seasonally cold temperatures.

Native American tribes have been growing wild rice in Wisconsin for generations, but growing rice commercially is a different challenge, associate professor of biology Michael Schlappi told Wisconsin Public Radio (

About 95 percent of rice grown in the United States is done in the warm California weather. But drought that's affected the West is raising questions about how the thirsty cro...

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