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The push for more organic milk producers

The push for more organic milk producers

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Packaged fluid milk sales in November totaled 4.2 billion pounds down 6 percent from November of 2013. Conventional milk sales were down 6.5 percent while organic milk sales were up 4.2 percent in November compared to a year ago. Total organic milk product sales in October were 215 million pounds up 10.7 […]

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California unveils strict rules on pesticide

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Officials say farmers in California now have to abide by the nation’s strictest rules for a widely used pesticide. Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, said Tuesday that the heightened rules will protect farmworkers and people who live near the fields. The pesticide, chloropicrin, is injected into […]

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Cashton farmers honored for conservation work

Cashton farmers honored for conservation work

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Jack and Pat Herricks of Cashton were honored at meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Decemeber 7  for their conservation work. Back in November the Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation announced Herricks Dairy Farm was the recipient of Wisconsin’s Leopold Conservation Award®.  The award honors Wisconsin landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of […]

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Wisconsin tart cherry referendum

Wisconsin tart cherry referendum

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News Wisconsin tart cherry growers have until January 24, 2015 to vote whether to decrease the size of their industry’s marketing order board.  Cherry growers eligible to vote will get ballots from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in the mail on or after December 29. Voters will […]

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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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