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Vernon County dairy organization offering new scholarships

Vernon County dairy organization offering new scholarships

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vernon County Dairy Youth Fund Committee announced this week two brand new awards being presented to honor the achievements of youth interested and involved in the dairy project in Vernon County through 4-H, FFA, or dairy breed organizations. For the first time this year, two separate Vernon County Dairy Youth Fund Scholarships will be […]

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Mercy For Animals Praises Great Lakes Cheese for Enacting Industry

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Birnamwood, WI – Great Lakes Cheese, one of the largest cheese producers in the country, has just announced a significant new animal welfare policy that will improve the lives of thousands of cows across its dairy supply chain each year. The policy follows a shocking undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals at Andrus Dairy in […]

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Dairy cow prices decline with milk

Dairy cow prices decline with milk

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Lower milk prices have prompted lower dairy cow prices over the last three months. The USDA National Ag Statistics Service says the average dairy cow price in the U.S. as of January 31st was $1,990 down $130 from the end of October. California saw the biggest decline with the average dairy cow […]

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Teen seriously injured in Sheboygan Falls farm accident

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Officials say a teenager was seriously injured after he got caught in a piece of farm machinery in Sheboygan Falls. According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, the 17-year-old male was working on an auger in a silo late Sunday afternoon when he got caught in the equipment. Department officials […]

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Record year for Wisconsin ag exports

Record year for Wisconsin ag exports

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Wisconsin agricultural exports hit a record $3.7 billion in 2014; a 13.6 percent increase over 2013 and the fifth consecutive annual increase. Exports of dairy and dairy derivatives from the Badger State totaled $479 million last year up 2 percent from 2013. Miscellaneous food exports increased 17 percent to $369 million, beverage […]

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World Dairy Expo individual award nominations due

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield This Sunday, February 15th is the deadline to nominate individuals for World Dairy Expo’s Dairy Woman, Man, International Person and Industry Person of the Year.  The four winners will be honored at the annual Dinner with the Stars at World Dairy Expo this fall.  Details and nomination forms are available here:

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Walker makes new appointments in Wisconsin

Walker makes new appointments in Wisconsin

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced a few new staff appointments within his administration. Among the appointments: Sandra Chalmers becomes Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Chalmers was the Administrator of the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection dealing mainly with consumer protection, weights and measures.  […]

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California processors ask for a Federal Order

California processors ask for a Federal Order

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield The three largest dairy cooperatives in California have petitioned USDA to have milk producers market under a Federal Milk Marketing Order. California operates under a state pricing mechanism which has consistently provided the lowest farm milk prices in the country. As an example: the January 4b price is $13.75 per hundredweight while […]

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Growers vote to downsize Wisconsin Cherry Board

Growers vote to downsize Wisconsin Cherry Board

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Wisconsin tart cherry growers have voted to reduce the size of their marketing board from 7 to 5 and to eliminate voting districts. Currently there are two districts with each having three members on the board.  The 7th member represents the industry at-large.  The proposal would have all five members elected at-large. […]

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Walker budget has some surprises for agriculture

Walker budget has some surprises for agriculture

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled his biennial budget on Tuesday night. The $68 billion plan held a couple of surprises for agriculture.  The Governor wants to remove the policy-making authority of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Department of Natural Resources boards.  In effect, reducing them to advisory councils […]

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