With the end of the year, forecasts are coming out with their projections for dairy prices for 2014. As expected it will be another year of volatility and that is why many commodity brokers are encouraging producers to look at a fence position.
With 90% of Wisconsins' milk going into cheese, and 90% of Wisconsin cheese being sold outside of the state, the Holiday season is an important one for moving Wisconsin cheese
Demand for protein sources have been strong this year, especially on the export market. This news is encouraging for not only beef, but also pork and poultry producers as well
Most analysts agree with the USDA price forecasts for 4 dollar corn and 12 dollar beans for 2014. Knowing that, what should farmers know if they want to sell or need to buy those commodities
2013 has been another strong year for agricultural exports both here in wisconsin and throughout the country. One of the major reasons for the consistent rate of growth has been the buying power of China in the U.S. ag market
Dairy prices are expected to falter in 2013. So what can producers do to protect themselves and to get the best possible returns. Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin gets some insights from several market brokers.
Mike Austin's ag report for Wednesday from Kansas City.
Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin's daily ag report from Kansas City.
In an effort to get more bang out of their promotional dollars the wi. milk Marketing Board has been forming partnerships with the food industry. According to CEO James Ropson there are several success stories to share.
While attending trade talk in Kansas City, Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin met with Farm Bureau Lobbyist Mary Kay Thatcher about the possibility of getting a long term farm bill passed this year, and she seemed optimistic
In the USDA November Crop Report the corn crop is pegged at a record 14 billion bushels and the soybean crop at 3.26 billion bushels. However one area market trader says the ending stocks figure is what got his attention.
At the intersection of highways 151 and HH you will find the LaClare farms. It is the home of a milking goat operation, a cheese plant, a cafe and retail store. And according to local 5 ag reporter Mike Austin it is the culmination of a thirty plus year dream of Larry and Clara Hedrich.
It was just ten months ago that three milk marketing cooperatives merged into Farm First Dairy Co-op. Now the cooperative is hosting its first series of district meetings and according to the board president there is plenty of good news about the merger to share.
Wisconsin produces about 26% of the nations butter supply. However, 90% of that comes from a family based plant in Greenwood, called Grassland Dairy Products.
Farm to Table is a big part of what the hedrich family is trying to accomplish with their dairy goat farm, cheese plant, retail store and cafe located in Pipe Wisconsin. Larry Hedrich says the ultimate goal is to make the complex as local as possible.
Wisconsin is known as America's Cheeseland but it's also the nations' number two producer of cheese. Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin looks at how butter is trending and what we may see in the butter market in the future.
U.S. Chefs are learning first hand the passion , commitment, and quaility behind the 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin cheeses. As a result we're finding more wisconsin cheese being served in 4 & 5 star restaurants.
Its another big year for the Wisconsin delegation at the National FFA Convention in Louisville. Three members are up for National Star Awards, Waupaca FFA is up for a top chapter honor and many state members will receive the American Farmer degree.
Farm bill conferees held their first public meeting today as they began their efforts to find common ground on a new long term farm bill. Although there are many differences between the two versions of the farm the biggest hurdle looks to be the nutrition and snap provisions of the House and Senate bills
even though it was cool and windy last week it was also dry and that allowed growers to make good progress on their 2013 harevst
In an effort to counter misinformation that is being written about the industry, and to make sure the consumer has all the facts on what producers do and why, in producing quality dairy products. The dairy industry is promoting their dairygood.org website
The dairy producer funded checkoff program continues to provide dividends for the industry.
GreenStone Farm Credit Services celebrated its new facility in Little Chute with an open House. While there, local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin learned about the reason for the new office location and also some of the focal points of the farm credit cooperative.
The strength of Wisconsin Cheese industry is its diversity. Many cheese makers have found their niche making specialty cheeses. Today we meet an artisan cheese maker who has found his market in creating goat milk cheese.
Good news! The House and Senate conferees will begin their focus on creating a long term farm bill that can get through the entire Congress. The problem is coming to a consensus may be a real challenge
Dairy producers are being encouraged to donate 2 cents per hundredweight to enable the PDP-foundation with the resources to help grow Wisconsin's dairy industry into the future
For decades, the local county agent has played a key role in helping farmers adopt the latest technologies and best management practices on their farms.
Bison has become a nice niche market for wisconsins' diverse livestock industry. Both grain and grass fed bison are raised in the state and according to bison growers in the Fond du lac county area, Wisconsin is a great place to raise bison.
Without USDA crop updates because of the government shutdown. Local 5 Ag reporter Mike Austin spent some time with ag agents, crop consultants and farmers to get a read on how the crop and the fall harvest are progressing.
One of the focal points of the Wisconsin Soybean Board is to move more Wisconsin beans on the export market. Local 5 Ag Reporter Mike Austin spent some time with a Dodge County soybean board member on what he sees for both the crop and trade opportunities.
While very little movement has been seen this year on major ag issues, one real positive has been the continuing growth in ag exports , especially dairy
With congressional gridlock, chances of passing a long-term farm bill remain slim, but there's still hope.
There is new leadership at the top of national milk producers federation. During world dairy expo the wisconsin native met with Local 5 ag reporter Mike Austin to share his views on both the focus of the organization and the dairy industry
World dairy expo is the premiere dairy cattle show in North America. And accoring to our state secretary of agriculture, by hosting the event Wisconsin enhances its image as America's Dairyland.
It's October of 2013 and we still don't have a new farm bill. And the frustartion level was high among those who have been working on a new bill over the lack of action on the legislation.
World Dairy Expo Comes To Wisconsin
Relationships are a key part of the success of FVTC in educating those looking for an ag related career. One of their strongest parteners has been Service Motor Company which stepped up to help support the new ag center on campus.
A local orchard was recognized by a website for providing the best apple picking family experience.
With Ag equipment becoming larger and the upkeep of our state roads becoming costlier. Recommendations have been made dealing with implements of husbandry
Local Farmers Face Changing Rules of the Road
Now that the market has had some time to review the USDA September Production report, price estimates are now out on where commodity prices may be tending.
Area Market Analyst Weighs In
Framers looking at harvesting their corn for silage at the optimum time are looking to area corn silage dry down days as an indicator of when to start chopping
The question of how do we protect our state roads and still allow agriculture the access they need to handle their needs has led to a study group providing some recommendations on limits for IOH on state roads.
To harvest hay in September or not use to be an easy question to answer but now growers have a few more options.
After being involved in exhibiting and judging livestock for over 60 years. A Brown County native retires after judging at the NEW Jr. livestock show
It's one of the great traditions in Northeastern Wisconsin. a regional Meat animal program that really emphasizes the meat value of the project animal and the lessons learned by the exhibitor
Mike Austin looks at the importance of legislators visiting farms first hand
The DBA of Wisconsin and the state cheese and buttermakers hosted a farm tour for state and local officals to give them a first hand look at modern Wi. agriculture.
The quality of Wisconsin roads is vital to our states ag industry. But the weight and size of ag equipment does provide some challenges for county and town governments