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Wisconsin weather delays farmers’ spring planting

Wisconsin weather delays farmers’ spring planting

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – Many farmers in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties were hoping to get an early start on this year’s planting season, but their plans have been derailed by a repeat of last year’s soggy weather conditions. A Reporter Media report says by this time of year, farmers have generally […]

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Brooks named 67th Alice in Dairyland

Brooks named 67th Alice in Dairyland

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Andrew Beckett-Wisconsin Radio Network Following a final round of interviews and competition against five other candidates, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Saturday that Zoey Brooks of Waupaca will serve as the state’s 67th Alice in Dairyland. The one year position will have Brooks following a long line […]

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Warmer weather means vaccination time

Warmer weather means vaccination time

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer The weather is warming up and that means it is time to make sure your horse’s vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus are up-to-date. Dr. Darlene Konkle is assistant State Veterinarian in Wisconsin, she says you also want to make sure your biosecurity measures are up-to-date to protect from […]

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Alice in Dairyland finals underway

Alice in Dairyland finals underway

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wisconsin Radio Network By Saturday night, Wisconsin will know who will become the 67th Alice in Dairyland. There are six finalists taking part in the finals competition in Clark County this week. Becky Paris with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer says the winning Alice will fill a one year paid public relations […]

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Co-ops’ share of milk marketed slips

Co-ops’ share of milk marketed slips

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer USDA reports that in 2012; 132 cooperatives marketed 81 percent of the nation’s milk production. If you add-in milk from non-members and non-cooperatives, the co-ops handled 167.7 billion pounds or 84 percent of all production. 47 cooperatives received milk, processed and manufactured dairy products while 85 handled no milk but performed other […]

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Rep. Ron Kind Fights for Mississippi River Conservation

Rep. Ron Kind Fights for Mississippi River Conservation

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Tim Walz (D-MN) sent a letter this week to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that he designate the entire Mississippi River as a Critical Conservation Area under the farm bill’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). “Agricultural production in the Mississippi River Basin […]

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Farming groups launch tractor safety campaign

Farming groups launch tractor safety campaign

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A coalition of farming organizations is starting a campaign to encourage parents to keep children under age 12 off of tractors after a spate of accidents in the past year. Agricultural youth safety specialist Marsha Salzwedel said Wednesday that the Wisconsin-based Childhood Agricultural Safety Network launched the campaign after seeing numerous children […]

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USDA projects more milk in 2015

USDA projects more milk in 2015

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates left milk production estimates for 2014 unchanged from last month at 206.1 billion pounds. The average cheese price for the year is unchanged although the price range narrowed a bit to $1.995 to $2.025. Butter was raised a bit to between $1.80 and $1.86 per pound, […]

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Hillshire Farms to buy Pinnacle

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer Hillshire Brands has reached an agreement to acquire Pinnacle Foods in a cash and stock deal valued at $6.6 billion. Hillshire says the deal enhances the company’s scale, reach and future expansion opportunities. Completion is targeted for September, the combined company will be based in Chicago under the Hillshire name. Hillshire has ten […]

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Demand for local food benefits small Wis. farmers

Demand for local food benefits small Wis. farmers

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A few Wisconsin counties are adding farms while most of the state loses them. Chippewa County is leading the way with a gain of more than 180 farms in five years. The area about two hours east of Minneapolis lost some mid-sized farms as they continue to merge with larger operations. But […]

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