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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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MPP signup deadline is Friday

MPP signup deadline is Friday

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer A reminder the sign-up deadline for the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers is this Friday, December 19th.  U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the declining milk prices of the last few weeks has prompted producers to take another look at the program.  “I think people are beginning to realize the good […]

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Wisconsin farm bill meetings on now

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News The Farm Service Agency and the University of Wisconsin Extension are conducting meetings all across the state to help farmers understand the new farm programs. Susan Hunter with FSA says many of the Extension agents around the state have gone through training on the new Agricultural Risk Program (ARC) and […]

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Agriculture and the next Wisconsin state budget

Agriculture and the next Wisconsin state budget

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News Paul Zimmerman is Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. He says the next state budget is going to be the big issue facing the next state legislature.  “It’s going to be a discussion between assistance for the needy, K-12 and higher education funding and transportation, those […]

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Holte re-elected to lead Wisconsin Farm Bureau

Holte re-elected to lead Wisconsin Farm Bureau

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation wrapped-up its 95th annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Monday. President Jim Holte was very happy with the attendance this year especially the nearly 500 young farmers participating. “We have a growing, dynamic, forward-looking organization with a lot of young people, you can’t do much […]

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Snow complicates Wisconsin grain harvest

Snow complicates Wisconsin grain harvest

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin farmers are struggling with snow and mud as they try to complete the fall grain harvest. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports some corn and soybeans could be left in the fields until spring. That would reduce the corn’s value and make soybeans that have been buried under snow all winter practically […]

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US appeals WTO ruling against national meat labels

US appeals WTO ruling against national meat labels

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that made it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery story came from. The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised […]

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Wisconsin farm groups say more is needed on immigration reform

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Hague-Wisconsin Radio Network President Obama’s executive order on immigration did little to address the needs of Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. Farmers here – particularly dairy farmers – are heavily reliant on the labor of immigrant laborers. Wisconsin Farmers Union President, Darin Von Ruden, said farmers were disappointed that the president’s executive order did little […]

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Wisconsin dairy farmers to rake in big profits

Wisconsin dairy farmers to rake in big profits

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin dairy experts say some farmers are enjoying a sweet combination of record-high milk prices and record-low feed costs that are creating profits in 2014 that are six times higher than previous good years. Randy Greenfield, a dairy specialist for a Madison-based livestock feed company, says this year will prove to […]

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