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Tuesday is 4-H Day at the Wisconsin State Fair

Tuesday is 4-H Day at the Wisconsin State Fair

| August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer Celebrating 100 years this year, 4-H will be featured in Central Park with a number of hands-on activities where families can learn more about getting involved in the youth development organization.  There will be an area for 4-H alumni to gather and they will all participate in the parade around the fairgrounds. […]

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U.S. milk production up 1.9% in June

U.S. milk production up 1.9% in June

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer U.S. milk production in June totaled 17.2 billion pounds up 1.9 percent from June of last year.  Production per cow averaged 1,863 and the dairy herd had 9.27 million cows.  Cow numbers not available for June of 2013 due to budget cuts. Production in the 23 major dairy states up 2 percent […]

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Wisconsin moves to buy 70 miles of railroad

Wisconsin moves to buy 70 miles of railroad

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has signed an agreement to purchase 70 miles of rail line between Madison to Reedsburg and Madison to Cottage Grove.  The lines include the bridge over Lake Wisconsin at Merrimac.  The lines serve 23 customers including United Coop, Landmark Ag, Seneca Foods, R.R. Donnelly, Greede Foundries, and […]

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Scientists stress diversity in weed management

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Keith Anderson Efforts continue nationwide to educate producers about herbicide resistance and weed management. At a weed management field day near Lincoln, Nebraska, we discussed the challenges with Extension weed scientists Vince Davis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lowell Sandell from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AUDIO: Vince Davis and Lowell Sandell (3:00 MP3) © […]

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A little cool but crops look great in Wisconsin

A little cool but crops look great in Wisconsin

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer Intermittent showers made hay-making a bit of challenge in Wisconsin last week yet topsoil moisture declined a little. The National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says as of Sunday, 25 percent is surplus compared to 30 percent a week ago.  Reporters across the state say second-crop alfalfa looks great with 44 […]

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Dairy demand remains strong

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer Cash cheese, butter and Class III prices continued to move higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  Barrels closed at $1.9975 and blocks went back over the $2 mark at $2.005 per pound. Cheese was slipping a bit last week until  word got out that milk supplies had tightened after the […]

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Independent poultry processors benefit from law

Independent poultry processors benefit from law

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

TOWN OF CLINTON, Wis. (AP) – A recently revised federal law has already meant more business for at least one small poultry processor from southern Wisconsin. Brian Lutzow, of Twin Cities Pack in Rock County, is one of a few independent poultry processing plants in Wisconsin. His company is the second in the Badger State […]

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Big hail shatters windows, flattens Nebraska crops

Big hail shatters windows, flattens Nebraska crops

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) – Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska. Hailstones as big as baseballs were reported in North Platte on Wednesday evening. The […]

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MOO Milk disbands

MOO Milk disbands

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer An effort by organic dairy producers in Maine to market their own milk is shutting down. Maine’s Own Organic or MOO Milk is disbanding leaving the producers to pursue contracts with other processors. The co-op had stopped processing milk in May after equipment problems put them in a situation where they needed […]

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NMPF asks for dairy farm exemption

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer Arguing that milk leaving U.S. dairy farms is an unlikely target for a terrorist attack, National Milk Producers Federation has asked the Food and Drug Administration to exempt dairy producers from “intentional adulteration” regulations being issued under the major rewrite of federal food safety laws. In comments filed with FDA, NMPF contends […]

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