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2015 Northeastern Wis. Farm Women Of The Year

Wisconsin Farm - image www.netstate.com
Wisconsin Farm – image www.netstate.com

Applications are now being taken for Northeastern Wisconsin’s Farm Women of the Year for 2015.

Deadline for applications is February 28, 2015.

Following from WOWN Shawano. Continue reading 2015 Northeastern Wis. Farm Women Of The Year

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Wis. Environmentalists Concerned Over Manure Spills, Ignore Milwaukee

We see this story from WBAY 2 out of Green Bay where environmentalists are concerned about an increase in farm manure spills in Wisconsin. If these people are truly environmentalists, why do they not say anything about Milwaukee? Continue reading Wis. Environmentalists Concerned Over Manure Spills, Ignore Milwaukee

Wisconsin Corn Growers Elect Directors

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image www.brockgrain.com

The following from the Wis. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

One elected, two re-elected, to corn promotion board

Release Date: Jan. 29, 2015

MADISON – Wisconsin’s corn growers have elected one new director and re-elected two directors to the industry’s market order board. Elected in District 5 is James Birchman, Fennimore. Re-elected in District 3 is James Zimmerman, Rosendale; and re-elected in District 6 is Howard Hartmann, Prairie du Sac.

The three will serve three-year terms starting Feb. 1.

The three districts involved in the election represent the following counties:

  • District 3 – Forest, Florence, Marinette, Langlade, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties.
  • District 5 – La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, Richland, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties.
  • District 6 – Sauk and Dane counties.

The nine-member Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board is responsible for overseeing the collection and use of about $1.7 million in assessment fees paid by Wisconsin corn growers. The money is used to support the industry through research, market development and consumer education.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) administers elections for the Wisconsin Corn Promotions Board and other commodity marketing boards in the state. To learn more about the market order boards, visit http://datcp.wi.gov/About/Boards_and_Councils/Marketing_Boards.

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Animal Activists Compare Milking Cows To Rape

Students speak out on behalf of cows. We wonder what dairy farmers think about these college students who may someday be our future leaders?

The students at UC Berkeley seem to have a lot of time on their hands – and zero sense of perspective.
Case in point: a protest last Saturday afternoon by members of the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy over a new design adorning the top of a Domino’s Pizza box, reported The Daily Californian.
The pizza box lid displayed pictures of dairy cows with an ad that reads:
“This pizza couldn’t have been made without help from Stella, Edna, Abigail, Estelle and Nancy.”
“Today we’re protesting Domino’s recent advertisements that ‘thank’ dairy cows for their ‘help’ in enabling them to make pizza. It is never OK to rape someone, steal their children and milk, or kill someone for palette pleasure. Help us speak on behalf of dairy cows today,” read the BOAA’s Facebook page.

Read entire story via Unhinged animal activists compare milking cows to ‘rape,’ kidnapping children – BizPac Review.

We wonder if this story will be reported by local Ag shows or in the Wisconsin main stream media.?

Zoey Brooks, 67th Alice in Dairyland, image dairystar.com

Accepting Applications For Alice in Dairyland

Are you interesting in becoming Alice In Dairyland in Wisconsin?

Applications are now being taken from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

You could be the 68th Alice in Dairyland.

Application period open for Alice in Dairyland candidates

Release Date:  Nov. 17, 2014

MADISON – Wanted: A communications professional who is willing to help Wisconsin residents make meaningful connections with Wisconsin agriculture.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 68th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador. Application materials are due Monday, Jan. 5.

“Applying for the position of Wisconsin’s 67th Alice in Dairyland is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said 67th Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks. “Serving as Wisconsin’s Agricultural Ambassador has allowed me to share the story of our state’s $88 billion agriculture industry in a multitude of ways to diverse audiences across the state and has broadened my view and deepened my appreciation for the industry.”

Alice in Dairyland is responsible for educating rural and urban audiences about the importance of Wisconsin’s agriculture. She does so through interviews with television, radio and print publications; public speeches; industry tours and more. She must be able to develop and execute marketing plans, deliver classroom presentations and network with industry professionals. She must learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information for diverse audiences.

Alice in Dairyland applicants should have considerable knowledge or work experience with Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing or public relations; public speaking experience and a willingness to attend an extensive number of work-related events on evenings and weekends. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old.

“If you have a passion for agriculture, education, and communications, this position is a great opportunity to take those passions to the next level and to make long lasting career connections in the industry,” Brooks said.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 1. The Alice program is headquartered in Madison and travels extensively throughout the state.  

The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $40,000. This position includes holiday, vacation and sick leave as well as use of a vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To begin the application process, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and summary of qualifications to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015. Application materials are available at http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Alice_in_Dairyland/Recruitment.

Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview in January. The top candidates will be announced in March. Alice will be selected during three days of final interviews May 7-9 in Manitowoc County.

For an overview of the application process, watch a short video called “Making Alice” at youtube.com/widatcp. If you have questions, contact Alice in Dairyland Program Manager Becky Paris at 608-224-5115 or [email protected].

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Mooooo, Illinois: World’s Tallest Cow

It’s one thing to own a cow as your pet. It’s nother thing that your pet cow is the tallest in the world.

Hanson received an email in mid-August saying Blosom had been named the world’s tallest cow. She sought the record after veterinarians and the cow’s foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000-pound animal’s large size, Hanson said. At the end of May, family and friends began documenting Blosom’s mass through photos and videos. Her official measurements were taken by a vet from Orangeville Animal Health Service.

“When I put Blosom’s halter on, she knows it’s time to go to work greeting people, and one of the best things I love about this big cow is she makes people smile. But now when I get to tell them they are looking at the world’s tallest cow, I can’t wait to see their reaction,” Hanson said.

Hanson got Blosom when she was a calf and eventually decided to keep her as a pet. She turned 13 in July.

Full story and image via Illinois pet dubbed world’s tallest cow.

She must of gave a lot of milk. 

Another thing.

We never heard of a cow living and being thirteen years old. 

Mooooooo, what do you think?

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, August 12 – 14th

fpdaysIt’s that time of year for Wisconsin’s Farm Progress Days. This years location is in Portage County.

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.

See more information via Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Inc. – Wisconsin’s Premier Outdoor Farm Show!.

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Indiana Farmer Rescued From Grain Bin

An 81 year old farmer from Southwest Indiana is lucky to be alive today. With some quick thinking from his family he is alive today after falling into a corn grain bin.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 81-year-old Indiana farmer survived the crushing grip of an avalanche of corn inside a grain bin in part because he’s “10 times tougher than the average guy,” one of his relieved sons said Wednesday. Bill White was saved Monday afternoon by fast-thinking relatives and farmhands who drove plywood boards into the corn around him and dug him out enough to give him oxygen and keep him breathing. They then wrapped a sheet beneath his arms and around his chest and pulled. The 40-minute rescue ended when he finally emerged from the grain.

Story via 81-year-old Indiana farmer rescued from grain bin – Yahoo News.

We wonder why so many from Bill Whites generation are so hard working and dedicated compared to the youngsters of today.

Not sure why but some how the story reminds us of the movie “Son in Law” from 1993. 

 

atv trails

ATV/UTV: Jackson County DNR Safety Check July 25-27

Anyone riding the ATV/UTV trails this weekend in Jackson County? Looking for a free map? Wondering if your machine passes legal requirements for exhaust system and engine sound checks? Looking to meet other great people who ride the trails? The Wis. DNR will be at Oasis at Black River Falls just off the Interstate to help you out. Always ride safe and have fun on all your rides. The following from the WDNR.

Stop by & see the DNR wardens for free sound checks, trail maps

Do you have weekend plans to ride your ATV or UTV in Jackson County? Make sure you stop by the Oasis at Black River Falls just off the Interstate and see the DNR wardens for free engine sound checks, trail maps and more before you hit the fun trails. You’ll also see wardens on the ATV – UTV trails in Jackson County July 25 – 27, And, if you’re not sure your ATV-UTV exhaust system meets the legal requirements, wardens will inspect it for free on Saturday and Sunday.Read more: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=386 Always ride safe, follow the rules and have fun on all your rides.

Pork Prices Could Rise In 1st Half Of 2014

English: pork chops
English: pork chops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is  little dated but it still can tell the future for pork prices in 2014.

Even though feed costs are coming down the problems with porcine virus in pigs has hit a lot of producers. will pork prices go up in 2014? Time will tell.

Pork market prices are expected to rise in 2014
Ashley Bechman, Field Editor
Saturday, December 14, 2013 10:00 AM

DANVILLE, Ind. — The million-dollar question that many livestock producers want the answer to is: How market prices will fare in the future.
Steve Meyer, the founder and president of Paragon Economics, said in a recent interview that producers can expect to see some changes in pork figures next quarter as a result of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which hit first in June and July.

Due to this, he noted, that there will be a reduction in slaughter numbers from where they would have been had the animals not been sick.

The first and second quarters of the new year probably will be down between 2 percent and 4 percent in slaughter production, Meyer said.

The good news for pork producers is that hog prices will be positive.

“Reduce supplies, prices go up,” Meyer said, adding that producers whose hogs were infected with PEDV most likely lost three to four weeks of production.

Another thing that will help producers in the coming year is that the cost to produce a pig will be $35 lower per head. Meyer explained that this can be attributed to a good corn and soybean crop.

Read more at Agri News.

Milk Cheaper Than Water In Australia

A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait
A glass of milk Français : Un verre de lait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And you think farmers in this country have it bad!

Milk is now cheaper than water. Dairy farmers deserve better
In South West Victoria, 21% of farms run at an absolute loss. Australian farmers are facing a huge crisis and some have to cull their herds and sell their farms –the system needs to change
Jane Stanley
theguardian.com, Monday 16 December 2013 19.02 ES

What is wrong with this picture? Domestic and international demand for dairy produce is booming, but the price of Australian milk has declined so far that it is now cheaper than water. The dairy industry has been deregulated, but our dairy farmers don’t benefit from rising prices. Instead of being protected through tariffs, farmers are now prevented by regulation from selling directly to consumers, and they can face substantial penalty payments if they change the milk factory they do business with.

On top of this, all dairy farmers have to pay a levy to run the national industry body, Dairy Australia. They can’t opt out of this as it is taken out of their milk cheques by the milk processors. Last year, the levy on farmers raised over $30m – amounting to about $7,000 for the average farmer. Many would argue that the main beneficiaries of Dairy Australia’s activities are the dairy processors (who actually control the selection of board members), while they make no financial contribution at all. The government contributes around $19m per year, and you would have thought that this might have led to significant questions about value for money – amounting to over half a billion dollars over the past 10 years. Similar criticisms are made by farmers about their state representative bodies, which are funded through yet another levy (another $2,000 or so). These bodies have recently bought into arguments about corporate takeovers without consulting their members, seemingly in conflict with farmers’ interests.

In South West Victoria, which produces about a quarter of Australia’s milk, net farm incomes fell from over $195,000 per year in 2010-11 to just over $51,000 in 2012/13, with 21% of farms running at an absolute loss (negative cash flow). Over half of all dairy farmers have increased their borrowings or deferred debt repayments over the past year to cope with this crisis. Industry confidence has plummeted, and in some regions as many as 30% of farmers expect to have quit farming within the next five years. This is not surprising, as one piece of independent research concluded that on present trends, the average net farm income in 2017 would be zero.

Read more at The Guardian.

How far should government go?

Milwaukee To Host Wisconsin Local Food Summit

A single week's fruits and vegetables from com...
A single week’s fruits and vegetables from community-supported agriculture share: peppers, okra, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, garlic, eggplant, squash. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

December 11, 2013

MADISON The 8th Annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit will be hosted in Milwaukee in 2014. The theme of the event, to be held on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, is “Cultivating our future: Growing connections for resilient Wisconsin food systems.”

Community organizers, agency advocates, educators, local food producers, students and eaters are encouraged to attend to learn, network and help shape the state’s local food systems. The Wisconsin Local Food Summit will include breakout sessions and regional discussions.

The event will be held at the Milwaukee Area Technical College located at 1015 North Sixth Street. Keynote addresses will be given by LaDonna Sanders Redmond, founder and lead organizer of the Campaign for Food Justice NOW!, and Tony Schultz, owner and operator of Stoney Acres Farm.

This year’s event will be broken into eight tracks to allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge on topics of interest. The tracks include: food security/health, market development, infrastructure development, farm to school, consumer education and promotion, producer development, community development, and organization development and education.

The 2014 Summit includes numerous sessions focused on Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs. Topics of particular interest to those with a CSA include innovative membership involvement, menu planning and financial management.

Register online at wilocalfood.wordpress.com. To receive a discount on admission, the early bird registration deadline isDecember 20. The website also includes detailed information about tour and transportation options.

The Wisconsin Local Food Summit is coordinated by the Wisconsin Local Food Network. The Summit is also supported by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Grocers Association and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.

To learn more, contact Jane Hansen at [email protected] or 715-339-5345.

Wisconsin Public Road Recommendations For Farm Equipment

English: Case IH MAGNUM 275 AFS tractor, Hills...
English: Case IH MAGNUM 275 AFS tractor, Hillsdale County Fair 2010, Hillsdale, MI, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Recommendations made on use of farm equipment on public roads

Implements of Husbandry Study Group sends report to Wisconsin Legislature

Final recommendations on the use of farm equipment on public roads have been submitted to the Wisconsin Legislature for consideration.

After analyzing feedback from a series of town hall meetings and public input from surveys, emails and letters, the Implements of Husbandry (IoH) Study Group prepared a Phase II Addendum Report to the secretaries of the Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).  Those recommendations were forwarded today to legislative transportation committees.

In all, over 1,200 attended the town hall meetings and over 150 individuals, associations and companies expressed their opinions and shared additional information regarding the Study Group’s preliminary recommendations.

“The IoH Study Group did a thorough job of looking into the effect of agricultural equipment on pavement and structures,” said WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb.  “The group’s recommendations balance the need for agricultural productivity with the prudent management of our highway system.”

“It’s important to remember these recommendations were drafted after listening to what people in the agricultural community had to say,” added Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.  “These options allow farmers to do their job while recognizing the need for public safety and the protection of our infrastructure.  It’s now up to the legislature to decide.”

Final recommendations include:

Create a clearer, simpler definition of IoH to reflect today’s agricultural equipment, which     would also include a definition for commercial motor vehicles used exclusively for agricultural operations.

Require all IoH that cross over the centerline of the roadway during operation to meet the lighting and marking standards of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE S279).

Create a 60-foot limit for a single IoH and a 100-foot limit for combinations of two IoH. For combinations of three IoH the limit is 70 feet, but a three IoH combination may operate at lengths exceeding 70 feet, to a limit of 100 feet, at a speed no greater than 20 miles per hour.

Create a new IoH weight limit which is up to 15 percent weight allowance more than currently established by the federal bridge formula.  This equates to a maximum single axle weight of 23,000 pounds and a maximum gross vehicle weight of 92,000 pounds except where posted and during periods of spring thaw.

Require written authorization to exceed weight limits.  Each year, IoH operators may submit a travel or route plan and request written authorization to exceed the weight limit from the maintaining authority of the roadways.  A nominal fee may be charged and additional conditions may be set by each maintaining authority.  IoH vehicles operating in excess of the 15 percent allowance will be fined for the amount in excess of standard gross motor vehicle weight or individual axle weight.

Support exploration of best practices to assist in reducing the wear of roadways and structures.  This includes the development of emerging innovations and best practices in manure management.

Develop further training requirements for the operation of large IoH equipment.  Age requirements are to remain as presently allowed in statute, but the group recommends developing advanced training for operating larger and heavier IoH.

The Study Group also sees the need to advance these issues to groups such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to encourage the development of national standards.  This approach will foster additional research where needed and encourage manufacturers to develop more road compatible equipment.

The IoH Study Group started examining the size and weight of agricultural equipment and the potential impact it has on public roads and bridges in fall 2012.  The group, brought together by WisDOT and DATCP, includes representatives from various transportation and farm organizations, equipment manufacturers, law enforcement, local officials and the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension.

The IoH Study Group Phase II Addendum Report, with the detailed recommendations, is available atwww.dot.wisconsin.gov/business/ag/index.htm.