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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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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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