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Grab the bug spray! State Entomologist, coined 'Wisconsin Bug Guy', PJ Liesch gives us a look at a tick that can make you allergic to meat if it bites you. It's called the Lone Star tick. Wisconsin has seen six deaths this year due to ATV/UTV accidents. Ahead of the holiday weekend, Lt. Bob Kneeland, DNR Recreation Warden Supervisor, explains how h…
 
Tractor safety courses have been going strong through the summer months, but the program has seen some changes. Heidi Johnson is the Agriculture Institute Director with UW-Extension. She shares what the tractor safety program looks like now and where they hope to see it in the future. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is a show to showcase advancements in the agriculture industry and talk with folks from all across the state. However, this year's show has stepped beyond that and added a country music festival. Kristin Smith is in charge of coordinating Farm Tech Fest 2022, a one-night festival that will be taking place on July 13 -…
 
The Babcock Hall Dairy Plant renovation and Center for Dairy Research addition broke ground in 2019 -- the expected end-date of construction has been fluid. Today, the anticipated completion date is early 2023, according to plant manager Casey Whyte. He says certain obstacles have been holding construction back, such as a shortage of freezer doors.…
 
As Wisconsin Farm Technology Days moves from county to county each year, each county finds a way to incorporate its corner of the ag industry. Clark County, the host of this year's Farm Tech Days, is no exception. Chuck Reith is the Executive Chair for Clark County Farm Tech Days. He shares how they plan to incorporate different aspects of the ag i…
 
It takes commitment to grow pumpkins weight 1,000+ lbs. Brandon grower Tom Montsma says it takes an hour per day per plant from April to September. He's trying to grow three this year. Growers are wrapping up pollination season, which has to be done by hand. And Tom is seeing success in his garden. Twenty days after pollination is when the pumpkins…
 
What can cover crops do for you? We get the word from the northern end of the world's longest barn in Eau Claire. Troy Salzer, a University of Minnesota Extension specialist, points out that covers are a valuable resource for farms with livestock. Low-hanging fruit would be planting covers in cow yards to collect nutrients and provide feed. Soybean…
 
Just like you don't have to live on a farm to be involved in 4H and FFA, you don't need to have access to a farm to show animals at the fair. Rabbits can be a low-cost, low-space project for students to get involved in their local fair scene. Wisconsin State Rabbit Breeders Association President Barb Semb says there are over 50 breeds to choose fro…
 
There were 19 recipients of the DATCP Dairy Processor Grants that totaled $400,000. One of these recipients is a micro-dairy with big plans. Tammy Fritsch is the Plant Manager and Owner of Two Guernsey Girls Creamery in Freedom. She shares more about the micro-dairy and creamery while sharing her plans for the Dairy Processor Grant dollars. See omn…
 
Wisconsin cheese is famous far and wide for its variety and authentic taste. The dairy state happened to be the perfect landing spot for one cheesemaker from Mexico City. Ricardo Gutierrez is a Co-Owner of Door Artisan Creamery. He shares more about the business and his journey from Mexico City to Wisconsin as a cheesemaker. See omnystudio.com/list…
 
Pam Jahnke and Wisconsin Farm Technology Days General Manager Arnie Jennerman chat the upcoming show in Clark County. The show is never in the same location, and that comes with challenges -- a new location means new parking, lodging, and utility plans. The changing farm economy also means no year is the same when it comes to securing equipment or …
 
Dogs are known for being man's best friend, but they also can be hard-working counterparts when it comes to farm work. Working dogs play a key role on many farms in helping to manage livestock. Lori Perry is the President of the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association. She outlines what a working dog does and shares more about the trials that they …
 
Bob Bosold talks with National FFA CEO Scott Stump. The U.S. has a total of about three-quarters of a million members. Stump says the largest challenge facing FFA is a teacher shortage. Campaigns to expand ag educators have been disrupted by COVID. We meet the 2022 Cattlemen of the Year, Steve Springer of Iowa County. Springer is a third-generation…
 
It can be easy to get caught up in life and stressed out, but one option for unwinding and managing mental health involves small four-legged friends: goats! Abigail Lippmann is the owner of Oak Hollow Acres and Serenity Soap Works. She shares more about the goat therapy sessions that her farm offers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informat…
 
Farm Director Pam Jahnke catches up with Roger King, president of the Wisconsin Ag Educators Association. King says community support for ag education was a key factor in getting both teachers and students through the pandemic, but challenges such as teacher shortages remain. Potato condition is looking good in Wisconsin -- 94 percent good to excel…
 
The USDA has made a significant investment in the region’s dairy industry. The department directed $20 million dollars to the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin authored the bill in creating this Innovation program. She tells Mid-West Farm Report that the funding is a signal that the Innovation Initiatives across the cou…
 
Sometimes, the best therapeutic outlet can be found outside chomping on hay. We're talking horses! Their hard-working nature and calm demeanor gives them the opportunity to serve as a companion in assisting people of all capabilities in achieving their goals. Lauren Cnare, Executive Director of Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, shares mo…
 
Prices of calves, fertilizer, feed and more continue to rise - all while the US beef herd fell 2% from ‘21-’22. Troy Salzer, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Ag production systems, says these price increases are not expected to change any time soon. Farmers instead need to implement better management strategies to help increase their p…
 
Mace Thornton, director of United Soybean Board communications and marketing, tells Mid-West Farm Report about the key priorities for soy checkoff dollars. The quick hits: domestic infrastructure, international markets and programs that support the fuel AND food soybean markets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Steve Springer, the 2022 Cattlemen of the Year, is a third-generation beef farmer who has been in the business for over 40 years. He currently serves on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) after his nomination from the WCA. He is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, WCA, and Iowa County Cattlemen’s Association. See omnystudio.com/lis…
 
The president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association was in Wisconsin for a summer farm tour. Jill Welke visits with Don Schiefelbein about policy being developed in D.C. that needs to be monitored for its potential impact on beef production. Jim Dell is president and CEO of Alcivia Cooperative. He visits with Pam on how the growing season's …
 
Don Schiefelbein, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, was in attendance at the second stop in Clear Lake for the Cattlemen’s Education Series. He shares more about the policy NCBA is watching in DC, including the Securities and Exchange Commission’s interest in tracking carbon emissions through the food chain all the way back to produc…
 
Wisconsin has seen an increase in ATV and UTV crashes, with 6 fatalities already this year. With these incidents comes a process for managing the situation and preventing further crashes. Lt. Bob Kneeland, Recreation Warden Supervisor with Wisconsin DNR, explains how his team handles ATV/UTV crashes and shares how riders can stay safe on the road a…
 
The order that prohibited the movement of poultry to all live events to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been lifted by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. That doesn’t mean everything will immediately return back to normal, though. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Culvers is on the road. They’ve started their cheese curd tour across the U.S. stopping in 17 cities. And for folks who may not know, those curds are coming from the heart of America’s Dairyland in eastern Chippewa County. LaGranders Hillside Dairy in Stanley, Wisconsin is proud to be the sole supplier of Culver's cheese curds that are now touring …
 
The roller coaster ride that's overtaken the stock market can make you sick - especially if funds you're depending on for retirement are upended. Amber Miller, AARP Assoc. State Director of Community Outreach in Wisconsin shares some tools that might help give you direction. Check out the AARP Money Map. An online resource that can help you get con…
 
Wisconsinites aren't the only ones facing summer storms -- flower producers in Central and South America, Africa and western Europe are also facing unique weather conditions, putting a pinch on some varieties of flowers. This is according to Tami Gasch of Brillion Blooms and president of the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florists Association. This i…
 
The first cutting of alfalfa was reported at 84 percent complete, a week behind last year and a day behind the five-year average. The second cutting was 1 percent complete. All hay condition was reported 82 percent good to excellent condition, up 1 percentage point from last week. Clark County Extension Senior Outreach Specialist Richard Halopka gi…
 
Ag Cooperative and food powerhouse, Land O'Lakes, has been present in the dairy showcase at grocery stores for a long time - but they're making a new push with shredded cheese and cubed chunks. Pam Jahnke visits with Heather Anfang, VP of U.S. Dairy Foods at Land O'Lakes about the label and the story behind it. John Hineberg, market advisor with To…
 
It's not difficult to find cheese buying opportunities in Wisconsin, but this one's unique. Jill Welke talks to the founders of "Cheese Brothers". A unique cheese buying experience in Northwest Wisconsin. Career opportunities and educational options. That's what the 2022 Wisconsin State FFA Convention was all about, and Allison Lund found a special…
 
Summer months bring about warm weather and severe weather incidents across Wisconsin. Although the weather is unpredictable, there are ways that people can prepare for those events and stay safe. Andrew Beckett, Public Information Officer for Wisconsin Emergency Management in the Ready Wisconsin Campaign, outlines how to stay safe in high temperatu…
 
The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Center for Dairy Research are celebrating USDA’s direction of $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars to the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance. The additional $20 million in DBIA funding will support an expansion of the program’s service area to include Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ne…
 
As you drive the rural roads of Wisconsin, and note all the farms that populate that space - you should know that most of them are not generating enough money to stay afloat without off farm income. That's the conclusion of a survey done by Dr. Steve Deller, Professor and Community Development Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Econ…
 
Innovation is key to any business, but especially food related products. Taylor Schaefer talks with Anna Landmark or Landmark Creamery, about how they're focused on diverse products using cow and sheep milk. The 93rd WI State FFA Convention drew to a close Thursday with the announcement of the new state FFA president. Allison Lund chats with Casey …
 
With temperatures in the danger zone this week, Wisconsin farmers need to take care of their livestock - and themselves. Stephanie Hoff visits with Melissa Ploeckelman from the National Farm Medicine Center about what's at risk if you skip safeguards. Ashley Huhn from the Steffes Group tells Pam Jahnke that the auction business is as red hot as the…
 
It may not be the state's largest crop, but it does draw attention. Wisconsin's cherry producers say things are off to a relatively normal start. Stephanie Hoff talks to Carrie Lautenbach-Viste, Lautenbach's Orchard in Door County about the crop. The 93rd Wisconsin State FFA Convention officially begins today at the Alliant Energy Center. Allison L…
 
Trade policy is a difficult field to work in, especially if you don't visit or get to know the other trade partners involved. Bob Bosold talks with WI Cong. Ron Kind about a recent trip he made to the European Union to investigate what trade options might be up for discussion. Pam Jahnke talks with Allison Demmer from Culver's about their 17 city f…
 
U.S. Dairy Export Council is applauding the signing of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act by President Biden. The enactment of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act sets in motion a series of new rules and regulations regarding ocean carrier practices that the Federal Maritime Commission must implement over the course of the next year. U.S. Dairy Export Council…
 
FL Morris, a hemp grower from Monroe and co-founder of the South Central Hemp Cooperative, is optimistic about the hemp sampling transition from DATCP to USDA. She says a USDA-ran program means there will be more samplers (because the private sector is now involved) and less cost. Meanwhile, Scott Battuello of SwampBuck Farms in Montello is more ca…
 
A recent survey found that on average, Wisconsin farms source 75% of their income from off-farm sources. Dr. Steven Deller from the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison says over time the dependency on off-farm income has increased, and is no longer desired just for insurance. See omnystudio.com/list…
 
A variety of businesses and schools were present at the Wisconsin FFA Convention Expo to speak with FFA members and provide advice. One company that featured hands-on activities at the Expo was Fox Cities Builders. Angie Larsen, the Manager of Business Development for Fox Cities Builders, shares what they are doing to offer hands-on opportunities f…
 
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