UP: Afghanistan farmers. A newly formed unit of the Wisconsin National Guard, the 82nd Agribusiness Development Team, is heading to Afghanistan to help people there improve their farming skills. A quarter of the 58-member team was chosen for its farming experience, and all of the members have received farming instruction from the UW-Madison. Col. Darrel Feucht of Monona tells the Wisconsin State Journal: "We are showing them a way to grow a legitimate crop and put food on their tables so they can be more independent."
DOWN: Wisconsin. The budget picture for Wisconsin takes a bad turn after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau forecasts a $143.2 million shortfall for 2013. The shortfall is expected because of the cost of new legislation, a massive reduction in tax revenues and a series of outstanding debts. But, wait - didn't Gov. Walker say his policies were working?