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Implementing the Farm Bill

Implementing the Farm Bill

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer Wisconsin’s USDA Farm Service Agency director Brad Pfaff is making the rounds at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, talking to farmers about the 2014 Farm Bill being implemented right now.  The top priority for Pfaff is to get dairy farmers informed about the new Margin Protection Program.  FSA and University of Wisconsin-Extension are […]

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Wisconsin Farm Technology Days set to begin

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The 31st annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is set to begin this week. The event is scheduled to start Tuesday and run through Thursday in Stevens Point. About 80,000 people are expected to attend. On tap are field demonstrations, exhibits on healthy living, woodcarving, women in agriculture, quilting and gardening. The […]

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Another record sale at the Wisconsin State Fair

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Bob Meyer One day after Governor Scott Walker presided over a record-setting Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction, he spurred-on bidders at the 46th annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction.  When the gavel came down on Wednesday evening; they had sold 25 animals for a record $313,350.  That breaks the previous high $255,400 set back in […]

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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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