The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Convention is about many things including the recognition of some its outstanding members. This year Dustin Williams was recognized for his personal accomplishments along with his advocacy on some key agricultural issues.
It looks as if milk prices will tumble in 2015 and even though we are not expecting a major drop like we saw it 2009. The drop will be dramatic enough that producers will need some type of marketing strategy to protect their margins
Since it inception in the 90's it has been the mission of the Animal Agricultural Alliance to connect, educate and protect production agriculture and the consumers right to choose. Their CEO shared how they do this and spoke to the fact that the greatest advocates for ag are the farmers who worked the land and raise and care for the livestock.
Ag leaders know exactly what they want this Christmas. However they are going to need some cooperation from Congress for that to happen and they are hopeful that members of Congress will not play the role of Scrooge.
Milk production is on the rise and that trend is expected to continue into 2015. And milk prices have started to falter and that trend also looks to continue in 2015. So what are producer to do to protect their margins? A market analyst with Stewart Peterson shares his thoughts.
Some 40 students from Edison Middle School spent a day visiting all the stops that are necessary to building a pizza. The students visited an operation where wheat is produced, then visited a dairy farm before learning how to plant tomato seeds and ultimately preparing their own personal pizza.
With agriculture being such a capital intensive industry interest rates are always a focal point and at this years version of trade talk in Kansas City. Farm Credit shared the results of a poll of their CFO's on what they though may happen to interest rates in 2015.
With the Republicans now having control of both the senate and the house there will be changes in committee leadership including the two Ag committees. Who is expected to hold those positions and what issues may they be addressing in 2015. A lobbyist from AFBF shared his insights.
DMI and the National Dairy Board have had quite a bit of success forming partnerships with companies to increase dairy product consumption, especially in the cheese category. Now they are hoping to accomplish more positive results in the fluid milk sales through new partnerships formed with 7 companies.
With planting starting late, and now the harvest being challenged by far from ideal weather, No one was really expecting any exceptional yields this year. That is why it's been a pleasant surprise to hear of some 200 bushel plus yields and the news that a Seymour area farmers has set a new yield record for Outagamie County.
Wisconsin's corn harvest continues to be lagging behind the national pace and one of the areas with the biggest delays are right here in Northeastern Wisconsin. Growers are frustrated although there are some pockets where producers are seeing some pretty good yields.
Despite efforts by area growers to take advantage of every weather window they get, the harvest pace is still lagging behind the norm. And while harvesting corn for silage went past Halloween, the grain harvest is projected to go past Thanksgiving as well.
With more and more agronomists and soil specialist encouraging producers to use more cover crops. the agronomists from the Marshfield experimental farm was asked to share some of his field results on various cover crop options during the NWTC Fall Field Days.
With farmers playing catch-up all year and concerns over compaction rising some producers are thinking twice about their fall tillage. Also during NWTC's fall field day a big focus was on the benefits on good surface and core soil treatment, and the impact tillage has.
During the annual convention of the National Milk Producers Federation CEO Jim Mulhern stressed priorities that the industry needs to address now. Right near the top of the list was the F.A.R.M Program, an effort that National Milk has made mandatory for its members to be a part of to show that animal care is a priority in producing milk and dairy products.
With consumers wanting to know more about how their food is produced, and with so much misinformation on the internet, dairy farmers are being encouraged to be more active in telling their story. And DMI is providing options for them to educate the consumer.
Forecasters are starting to share their estimates of where they feel the class 3 price will be in 2015. Most agree prices and margins will be lower than what they were this year and some feel the average class 3 in 2015 will be at least four to five dollars a hundred below this year, prompting many to suggest dairy producers consider the milk margin protection program
With jobs being a key emphasis for this fall's elections. if you wanted to highlight a field were job opportunities are readily available for qualified applicants you would be talking about agriculture. And that was what representatives and students of FVTC were showcasing during their recent Ag career day
Although the 2014 farm bill placed more emphasis on crop insurance as a farmers safety net. The farm bill also provided growers with two other options, the ARC and PLC plan. And county FSA offices are now holding informational meetings to help growers better understand their options.
Although 2014 has been a strong year for dairy prices that trend is not expected to continue into 2015. Even with feed prices down margins will be tighter and that is why the FSA is holding informational meetings on what the milk margin protection program has to offer.
2014 has been a strong sales year for dairy products with the exception of milk. Milk sales have been faltering for years, but in the hope of turning that trend around the industry has put together a producer task force.
It been a long time coming but in 2017 Kewaunee county will be hosting the state's largest outdoor agricultural show in the state..... Farm Tech Days. In visiting with committee members and the host family its pretty obvious how happy they are to host the event and how they are looking to the event to highlight the diversity of agriculture on the county
With some farm families looking to bring their children into the operation some questions need to be answered. One of those is if you're expanding your herd, do you look to expand your workforce or do you look to technology such as robotic milkers.
Because of our red clay soils the loss of sediments into the Fox River are a concern of area residents and producers alike. In an effort to improve the physical structure and properties of the soil, and to allow less trips over the field, a demo project in Northeastern Wisconsin is showing how cover crops can provide both an economic and environmental benefit.
Prior to his first debate Governor Walker visited several family farms in the state to tout his policies and also get input on what the state can do to help farms continue to grow. One of his stops was at the Diederich family farm in Depere who had plenty to share.
A recent study was conducted to find out what is the current impact of the dairy industry on the states economy. The results was pretty impressive, totaling 43.4 billion dollars.
Dairy prices set records in 2014 but are expected to falter in 2015. How far they fall may be dependent on demand, which has held up this year despite strong consumer dairy prices
With milk prices at record high levels very few producers considered sign up for the milk margin protection program for this years production. However, 2015 looks to be a very different story with much lower prices expected. So many in the industry are encouraging dairy producers to sign up their 2015 milk production.
Too wet. That is what most growers are learning about this years corn for silage. The area dry down days seems to be showing the highest numbers in the lakeshore counties, but in all areas chopping has been limited.
Concern over the aging of the barns at the Aliant energy center and its impact on both World Dairy Expo and the Midwest Horse Show, both the private and the public sector stepped up to support the construction of two new multi-purpose facilities. The two new barns housed in the New Holland Pavilion premiered at Expo and were well received by both exhibitors and show attendees
Thanks to donations from the Outagamie County Farm Technology Days fund and the Freedom FFA Alumni, The Ag educators at Freedom High School now have a high tunnel facility which is providing their students with another hands on teaching tool that is helping to raise vegetables for the local food pantry and ag literacy among their students.
The governor has declared September as soybean month in Wisconsin and Alice in Dairyland has joined with the Wisconsin Soybean Growers to get the message out on the value of the soybean and how diverse it really is.
Although not considered a major soybean producers Wisconsin does however have more than11,000 growers and its economic impact is felt as a feed, fuel and export source. In response to the soybeans economic impact to the state, governor Walker has deemed September Soybean month in the state
With World Dairy Expo just around the corner you can expect to see some of the best dairy cattle in North America. And along with them you will be seeing some very talented young women who are true advocates for their breed and are passionate about promoting their story and that of the dairy industry in general.
Current dairy markets are strong across the board with $3 butter, almost $ 2.50 cheese and near term class 3 prices well over $24 dollars. However with milk production on the rise, prices are expected to drop at least 4 dollars a hundredweight in 2015.What type of margin protection options do producers have. Robin Schmahl from Ag Dairy provides some answers.
With two thirds of U.S. soybeans needed to be exported, interest was high in the global soybean export conference held in Milwaukee. The conference focused in on not only export opportunities but also transportation and marketing issues of beans as well.
You may have heard that the Secretary of Agriculture is considering taking a more active role in revamping the beef checkoff after concerns were being raised by both producers and some farm organizations. No such problems exists however on the dairy front where the WMMB continues to work on increasing Wisconsin dairy product sales.
With the soybean crop lagging behind the five year average. Concerns are being raised about the crop reaching maturity prior to the first killing frost, and. Ag Agent Kevin Jarek admits the crop is facing some challenges.
The USDA's weekly crop progress report is out and once again the quality of the corn crop continues to be good with 71% of the crop rated good to excellent. Here in Wisconsin the crop continues to lag behind both the national and the 5 year average. Ag Agent Kevin Jarek gives an update on what the crop needs to reach maturity along with the concerns over an early frost.
For decades the Wisconsin Livestock Association sponsored regional junior livestock shows . But 6 years ago they decided to go to one central show and pull out of the regional show. However, supporters of the Northeast Show saw value in continuing the effort and thanks to the committment of a dedicated group the N.E. Youth Livestock Show and Auction is going strong.
Farmers are looking at different options in teaching non farmers what life on a farm today really is all about. One of those programs is called farm to fork in which farmers invite consumers to a farm to enjoy a delicious meal along with a tour and conservation about modern production agriculture.
Agriculture is all about the families that work the land, milk the cows, raise the livestock and preserve our environment. For many of these families they have been doing this for generations and at this years' state fair, those who have had the farm in the family for 150 years were honored
With the county fair season coming to a close this labor daty weekend. I thought it might be nice to get a status report on the health and direction of county fairs. So I went to a man who has been associated with fairs in Wisconsin for most of his adult life
Although much of our attention is given to the junior fair exhibitors when they are preparing for or, are actually in the show ring. That is just a small part of their fair experience. What they do while on barn duty really carries a bigger message to the fairgoers on how well farmers really do treat their animals.
Although the term payback can have both a positive and negative connotation, its all positive when you speak of the reason why many adult volunteers share their time and talents in the livestock project areas of the county fair.
The county fair is all about education, but that is not limited to just the junior fair exhibitors. County fair advocates have been trying to raise the level of ag literacy in their counties through projects like the Ag Ventures tent
When I head over to the fairgrounds I always try to watch the competition for showmanship, because for me, that shows how much time and effort the youth have given to their animals. Plus it's a competition where all the exhibitors are on a level playing field.
Showing at the county fairs has provided multi-generational opportunities to show for many families . Today we meet a family who has been showing beef cattle at the Oconto County fair since 1969.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Wisconsin. In Brown County current members, alumni and supporters gathered together at the fairgrounds to create a picture perfect way to salute this outstanding youth organization.
The county fair means different things to different people. But when you're talking about the value of the county fair for the exihibitors, its all about the education and fun they can have. And that is where the role of the judge becomes so important.