Although they are called judges, many of the county fair judges also consider themselves teachers. In a conversation with Ag Reporter Mike Austin, two area dairy judges shared what they hope to pass along to the young exhibitors that they spend time with in the show ring.
When it comes to showing at the county fair, for many families it's multi-generational with some families being represented for decades at the fair. That was the case for one Outagamie County family who after nearly 5 decades saw that tradition come to a close
There are many reasons why fair exhibitors bring multiple projects to the fair. There's also many reason why they continue to exhibit year after year. Ag reporter Mike Austin shares some of them from multi-year exhibitors at the Outagamie County fair
One of the goals of the junior fair projects is to make them a positive learning experience. And the people who have a big impact on that happening is the county fair judge.
There are a lot of quality stories that happen every year at the county fair grounds. And while every project is unique and has a great story to tell, with this being America's Dairyland we begin our fair season coverage by highlighting the value of the dairy project
One of the biggest challenges facing agriculture today and into the future is how the industry is going to provide more with less. While the number of farms continues to decline the world population continues to grow.
If you get hungry while attending the fair, a great place to stop is the 4-H food stand. In Fond du lac County the food served has a local twist as three brothers from the county who are themselves 4-H members, raise all the baked potatoes that are sold at the fair.
The county fair is all about fun, food entertainment and education. And when you talk about education on the junior fair level, Entry day and all the face to face judging is the payoff for projects that have been days or weeks in the making
Through the prompting of their parents three young boys in fond du lac county have grown their garden project into a growing business that has them now providing produce to a few restaurants along with running a roadside stand
2015 June Dairy Month special on WFRV TV hosted by Agriculture Reporter Mike Austin discusses advancements in technology including robotic milking.
Agriculture Reporter Mike Austin, discusses organic dairy production with Ken Kinsetter of Liberty View Dairy.
June Dairy Month Special: Family Dairy Operations Part 2
Dairy farmers like Connie Seefeldt see a real value in the diversity of the size and type of Wisconsin dairy operation.
Ag Reporter Mike Austin interviews Ron's Cheese in about high quality Wisconsin dairy products.
Corn has multiple uses, including great feed for healthy cows in the dairy state.
Like many of the 66 women who proceeded her, Zoey Brooks says her time as Alice in Dairyland went way too fast, although it was a very memorable experience. Zoey shared with us why she feels the Alice program needs to continue and what she felt she accomplished as the 67th Alice.
With more consumers asking the questions of how, why and where their food is produced. Agriculture has been focusing more attention to being transparent about what they do. Food giants like McDonalds are hearing from their customers about food production and producers are responding
Soybean acres continue to grow in Wisconsin. the crop which has grown in popularity because of its versatility is an important one. And today we learn from a state grower on both the growing demand for beans and some of the opportunities and challenges the market faces
The proposed budget cuts for the University of Wisconsin System does include University Extension which not only assist agriculture, but also provides research and expertise in the fields of horticulture, family resources and 4-H and youth programs. Extension has already made cuts on both the state and county levels however unless the proposed budget cuts are reduced, more drastic cuts will have to be made.
Wisconsin agriculture continues to grow its market share in the export market. to make sure that trend continues. State Ag Secretary Ben Brancel led a trade mission to the world biggest potential trade market.... China
She's been her counties Fairest of the Fair, she has a masters degree in animal science and now she'll be recognized more by her title of Alice than her real name. But Teyanna Loether has no problem with that as she is truly excited to be the 68th Alice in Dairyland
Deanna Schlies always wanted to be an advocate for county fairs and was delighted when she was selected in 2014 to be the Brown County Fairest. And although she turned in her crown and sash to the new fairest, she still continues to be a fair advocate as the 2015 State Fairest of the Fairs.
The Wisconsin Soybean Association was nice enough to invite me for a ride along to help you the consumer better understand what it takes to put in a crop. The ride a long also allowed me the opportunity to share the emotions and thought process of those who work our area farm fields
You're probably familiar with the grow a row for St. Joe to help their food program provide valuable home grown local vegetables for needy area families. Well those families also need the nutrition provided through a gallon of milk and that is why they are asking those in dairy production to help them provide that milk to needy families.
As our 67th. Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks has to wear many hats. This past week in Brown County Brooks spent time with over 2,000 4th graders sharing the message on what products are produced in Wisconsin and how they and the state are impacted by the industry.
2014 was not a good year for the winter wheat crop and many were concerned 2015 was heading in the same direction. But after digging up some sample ag agents and crop consultants do feel better about the crop, although they say it does need some more heat.
Thanks to a cooperative weather start to April farmers may be looking at an early planting season and a relatively early start to the alfalfa harvest. ag reporter mike Austin joined Ag agent Kevin Jarek to check the progress and condition of this years crop in Outagamie County
Mike Austin at the 2015 WPS Farm Show in Oshkosh
To make quality milk, a producer needs quality silage. And researcher has been showing that the use of inoculates is helping to raise the level of preservation giving the growers an opportunity to feed some high quality feeds to their dairy animals
After record breaking prices in 2014 declines in producer prices are already underway. How prepared are state farmers for these lower returns and what is the economic status report for Wisconsin Agriculture?. Secretary Brancel shares his insights.
Ag exports continue to grow in importance to the Wisconsin's ag economy. In 2014 Ag exports rose by 13%, setting a record in both value and volume. While Wisconsin agricultural goods went to 145 different countries their top customers are Canada, Mexico and China.
The forecasts for 2015 seems to be that producer prices will be down. But what of expenses. In a recent visit to The UW Ag Campus I talked to ag economist Bruce Jones on what the cost of production is going to be for the raising of a crop or the production of a hundred pounds of milk.
Agriculture remains the foundation for todays FFA but the program benefits go beyond just the industry. Today we get the inside story of what todays FFA is all about and why membership continues to grow.
Forecasts are out for dairy in 2015 and it looks like prices will be down. But what of margins? Ag Economists Mark Stephenson shares his insights into milk supply, demand and cost of production
Although the cuts have just been proposed the dean at the college of agriculture and life services on the UW Madison campus is already bracing for its impact. She explains how this will impact not only faculty and students but the state ag community as well.
In the hope of turning around what has been a faltering fluid milk market the national dairy board along with dairy management inc. formed partnerships with six companies including Coca Cola to provide fluid milk options to the consumer. The first to hit the market is called Fairlife from Coke.
Because of the impact the drought of 2014 had on cattle inventory and culling rates. Beef prices took off in 2103 and were even stronger in 2014. Will that trend continue in 2015. A UW Beef specialists shares her insights on what producers and consumers can expect
We learned in Econ 101 that price is determined by supply and demand. On the dairy scene it looks as if production will be rising, so how does demand look to counter that increase in production in determining this years class 3 price.
This years recipient of the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award is a long time practitioner of conservation efforts. Jack Herricks says he made the commitment in part to not only improve the health of his soil and water but also to preserve his land and water for the next generation of farmers in his family.
While many of us go into hibernation during the heart of winter. FFA members throughout the state have been preparing for their regional speaking contests. A program that many feel benefits not only the members but also the entire ag industry.
UW Extension has been focusing their attention on ways producers can be more efficient in feeding their dairy herd. In particular one focal point has been on the grouping of lactating dairy cows
With milk prices projected to fall at least through the first half of the year. UW extension is providing farmers with more information on how to increase their feed efficiency and protect their margin.
There's a lot of excitement at a small charter school in Fox Lake Wisconsin where three, 5th graders have put together a video that could win their school ten thousand dollars.
Dairy prices have been projected to fall this year. We've heard that for sometime now. The question has been by how much? Industry leaders and dairy farmers got a good indication of that during the UW AG Economic Forum held on the UW Campus.
After the record setting prices for dairy in 2014 everyone is expecting lower milk prices this year. But the question is by how much? The USDA's January 2015 supply and demand report gave the first indication of how big that drop might be.
Agriculture was excited to hear the President request Trade Promotion Authority from Congress during the State of the Union Address. And while republicans seem to support the idea, democrats do not. So can it happen?
The start of the new year is always a great time to review your financial status. An according to Ag banker Sam Miller with more market volatility and projected lower returns this would be an ideal year for producers to do that
After record prices for dairy in 2014. Forecasts are out that prices could drop by 5-7 dollars a hundredweight this year. Still, Ag banker Sam Miller feels producers are prepared for these price drops and could still see some decent margins in 2015
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