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From the Netherlands to Wisconsin

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield The 2015 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer is a living example of the international scope of the dairy industry. Marieke Penterman grew-up on a 60-cow dairy farm in The Netherlands.  Her original goal was to be a large animal veterinarian and started that pursuit at age 12.  While attending school, she took the […]

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USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

(VIROQUA, WI) Jan. 21, 2015 — Brad Pfaff, State Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Wisconsin reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching. Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster […]

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Local farmers attend soils seminar

Local farmers attend soils seminar

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

CASHTON, Wis. – Western Technical College’s Farm Business and Production Management program and 70 local farmers gathered in Cashton on January 16 to welcome nationally known soil expert, Jay Fuhrer. “It is great that this many farmers are willing to take time out of their busy schedule to learn something new,” said Dona Goede, instructor […]

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U.S. milk production up for the month, quarter and year

U.S. milk production up for the month, quarter and year

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Milk production in the U.S. in December totaled 17.3 billion pounds up 3.1 percent compared to December of 2013. The nation’s dairy herd was at 9.3 million cows up 100,000 head from a year ago.  Production per cow averaged 1,862 pounds, a 37-pound increase over December of 2013. Milk production in the […]

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The push for more organic milk producers

The push for more organic milk producers

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Packaged fluid milk sales in November totaled 4.2 billion pounds down 6 percent from November of 2013. Conventional milk sales were down 6.5 percent while organic milk sales were up 4.2 percent in November compared to a year ago. Total organic milk product sales in October were 215 million pounds up 10.7 […]

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California unveils strict rules on pesticide

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Officials say farmers in California now have to abide by the nation’s strictest rules for a widely used pesticide. Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, said Tuesday that the heightened rules will protect farmworkers and people who live near the fields. The pesticide, chloropicrin, is injected into […]

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Cashton farmers honored for conservation work

Cashton farmers honored for conservation work

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Jack and Pat Herricks of Cashton were honored at meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Decemeber 7  for their conservation work. Back in November the Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation announced Herricks Dairy Farm was the recipient of Wisconsin’s Leopold Conservation Award®.  The award honors Wisconsin landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of […]

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Wisconsin tart cherry referendum

Wisconsin tart cherry referendum

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News Wisconsin tart cherry growers have until January 24, 2015 to vote whether to decrease the size of their industry’s marketing order board.  Cherry growers eligible to vote will get ballots from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in the mail on or after December 29. Voters will […]

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Court rules manure is a pollutant under policy

Court rules manure is a pollutant under policy

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The state Supreme Court says manure qualifies as a pollutant as defined in an insurance policy. The case began in 2011 when state environmental officials notified West Bend dairy farmer Robert Falk that manure spread on his fields had contaminated his neighbors’ wells. The neighbors demanded compensation. Falk turned to his insurance […]

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Man dies in farm Dane County accident

Man dies in farm Dane County accident

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dane County authorities have released details about the death of a man in farm accident. The medical examiner says 60-year-old Richard A. Schmitt, of Plain, died of injuries he suffered when he became entangled in the equipment he was operating Saturday afternoon. He had been hired to spread manure at the […]

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