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.
One of the big advatages in having farm technology days rotate throughout the state is to highlight the agriclture of the area. That certainly was a draw for this years show, which was held in the central sands and focused in on the states' vegetable crops.
A big day on the fair grounds for the junior fair exhibitors is entry day. A day in which the junior fair projects are judged in a face to face setting which many believe adds to the educational aspect of the fair.
If you heading to State Fair Park and looking for a little ag-u cation the perfect venue is the discovery barn. The facility is a great opportunity for families to see first hand what production agriculture is all about.
Tuesday was dedicated to the 4-H organization at state fair as fair goers got a hands on look at what today's 4-H is all about. The day featured demonstrations , games, entertainment and opportunities that todays' 4-H provides. The program also stressed the value of the 4-H experience for youth and their families
With a new implement of husbandry law on the books, producers, applicators and cooperatives are looking for the details dealing with weight, length and lighting features for farm equiptment on state road ways. A series of meetings have been going on to make both users and town government aware as to what options they have especially in dealing with permits.
The show ring at the Wisconsin State Fair is a big time experience for the junior fair exhibitors. Today we look at what they young people learn and how it not only benefits them but how it also benefits the states dairy industry.
New opportunities may be in the future for our returning veterans looking for a new career. NWTC is now offering sustainable ag classes to help Vets transition into farm managers or to run their own ag enterprises.
Four years ago at a garden party, a group of dairy related friends decided to make this gathering an annual event and turn it into a fund raiser. The end result is Dairy Cares and its efforts to raise money and increase participation for the benefit of kids and their families that use the services of Children's Hospital.
One of the major goals of the county fair is to make sure the experience is a posive one, especially for those junior fair exhibitors. And the people who have a big impact on that are you junior fair judges
Showmanship is an important part of the junior fair livestock project. Today we get insights from both the beef and dairy judges on what they are looking for and the value showmanship provides for the junior exhibitors
If your involved in any aspect of agri-tourism, from sleigh rides to hay rides, from dairy breakfasts to county fairs it may be wise to make sure you are up to date on the new agri-tourism liability law known as Act 269.
One reason showmanship is very popular at the fair is because all the exhibitors start on a level playing field. this isn't about who has the animal with the best genetics this is about how well the exhibitors works in tandem with their animal and how they are able to show her off to the best of her abilities.
In wisconsin there are all types and sizes of succesful dairy operations. One that certainly fills the definition of traditional family farm is the Zahn dairy in Oconto County..... This years host of the dairy promotion committees dairy at dusk event.
Although the hog industry is relatively small in Wisconsin, interest in showing hogs is still high. A prime example of that is in kewaunee county where one of the biggest attraction in the livestock competition is the junior fair hog show.
County fairs are all about education but that is not limited to just the junior exhibitors. At the Fond du lac county fair one exhibit was geared at better educating the fair goers about todays' production agriculture
Make hay while the sun shines is the old adage and with a sunny forecast for the next four to five days growers are looking to bring in their 2nd croop alfalfa. What can we expect...Ag Agent Mike Rankin gives his assessment.
It makes sense since they are the top two industries in the state that we now have a niche market for agriculture known as agri-tourism. The relatively new field allows for farmers to see an economic impact but also is a great avenue for them to connect with consumers.
The latest USDA crop update rates the nations corn crop as the best its been for this time of year since 1999. Even here in Wisconsin 77% of the crop is rated good to excellent. However that is not the case here in Northeastern Wisconsin.
With immigration reform again capturing headlines a coaliton group made up of agriculture, business and manufacturing held a day of action to stress to congress and the Obama administration that it is time to pass immigration reform now
2014 has been an unusual year for producers thus far. Bcause of several years of drought, supplies are at 50 year lows and prices are at record highs. Still, demand has held up and the industry is trying to grow demand in the environment
When you talk about the Fox Valley 2 Cylinder Club you are talking restored tractors. But its much more that that its people and their passions, its stories, lots of stories and its a part of history that club members want to preserve
Sevastopol FFA alumni hosted quite a holiday event as nearly 5,000 tourists spent their Sunday on the Haberli Farm in Egg Harbor . The visitors not only got a heaping helping of quality dairy foods but also got a healthy serving of dairy knowledge.
4th of July has traditionally been a measuring point on how the corn crop is progressing. And even though the old adage knee high by the fourth of july is dated. This year most growers would have been satisfied with that level of growth.
Dairy producers have been seeing better price margins over the past 18-24 months. As a result farmers have been reinvesting those dollars to modernize their opertaions. Today we share two examples of what producers have done to increase cow comfort .
It was a day of dairy delights and dairy knowledge as the dairy promotion committees in Marinette and Calumet counties hosted thousands of guests for a June dairy month celebration. A fun filled family event packed with dairy treats and dairy knowledge.
The Secretaries from Workforce Development and the Department of Agriculture were on hand at the Larry Krepline farm in Brilion to recognize a program that is helping vocational rehab participants who are looking for on farm employment.
The efforts of the Brillion FFA marketing team has resulted in a state championship and a trip to nationals.Three of the members of the team explained to Ag Reporter Mike Austin the value of the project and how they are trying to get other FFA chapters involved.
Its exciting to see the interest that youth have in the UW Extension livestock project area. About 150 youth partcipated in the project judging contest that was held recently at the fairgrounds in Manitowoc. Organizers say the program is drawing the interest of youth from off the farm as well as those from the farm.
Waupaca native Zoey Brooks is our states' 67th Alice in Dairyland. Brooks says she looks foward to promoting Wisconsin agriculture and is looking forward to helping raise the level of ag literacy in the state.
The goal of every dairy producer is to make sure they are able to keep a line of top producing cows in their milking herd. To do that you need strong replacements and that all begins with the quality care provided in raising those calves
Breakfast on the farm is a June Dairy Month tradition and again this weekend thousands enjoyed a family day on the farm including those who visited the Radloff farm in Winnebago County.
There has been a lot of talk about the age of todays farmers and who will be responsible for producing our food and fiber in the future. Here in Wisconsin it looks like that next generation of agriculturalist is ready to take up that challenge
Our June Dairy Month celebration continues this weekend with several breakfast on the farm. This weekend one of the events will be held on the Kruse family farm in Oconto Falls. Mike Austin shares a preview of the family and the event
Kristin Olson our 66th Alice in Dairyland spent her last day in that position by attending the Brown County dairy breakfast. Just as she did throughout her time as Alice...Olson spent the day promoting Wisconsin Agriculture
Research and other information provided through the University of Wisconsin system has played an important role in providing wisconsin farmers with cutting edge technology. And an important person in helping producers implement that information is the County Extension Agent
The Peaq stick has always been a good measurement to estimate the quality of the alfalfa crop, but this year thre has been a big difference between those numbers and lab results... and that is important information to know for farmers who rely on those sticks for determining when they will harvest that crop