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
The use of a Greenhouse at many of the Green Bay area high schools has provided a great learning opportunity for students in an otherwise urban setting....and has helped FFA students in particular in the areas of community service, leaderership and personal growth .
With beef prices running over 11% higher than last year, some consumers are thinking twice about purchasing some higher end beef. However that is not the case at some area restaurants where a local produced high end beef is growing in popularity
Milk prices have been surprisingly strong through the first quarter of 2014, due in part to strong demand and a less than expected increase in milk production. However that is expected to change so what will that mean to price trends and marketing strategies.
The past two seasons the alfalfa crop has been below normal and so reserves are tight. it was hoped that this years crop would be better...and despite the cold spring the quality of the crop is good thus far
The life of a dairy farmer is pretty demanding, but as ag reporter Mike Austin says, it's been the demand for their product that could turn this into a record price year.
One of the strengths of Wisconsin agrioculture is that there are many ways to run a succesful operation. Today we highlight a Berline area couple who have found success through their grass based, natural livestock operation
Cow numbers and production per cow are rising but thanks to good demand and lower feed costs..dairy margins look to be good for dairymen this year.
Questions continue to be raised about when growers willbe able to get out into their fields. Top soil mositure levela are still surplus on over a third of our are farmers while soil temperatures remian below normal.
The feedback was very positive from those attending the Dairy Calf & Heifer conference held in Green Bay. Despite a cool blustery day participants said they really got a lot out the farm tours including their trip to Synergy Dairy in Shawano County .
After improving conditions.... weather took a turn for the worse over the weekend and with yesterdays snow and todays' cold spell further delays are expected before farmers wuill be able to get out and do spring fieldwork
Due to the long harsh winter...there were some concerns voiced that it may have been a tough year for alfalfa stands and the winter wheat crop. However, the news from crop consultants at the Outagamie forage council meeting was encouraging
The goal of every successful dairy operation is to enhance the productivity of their milking herd. More producers are looking to genomics to accomplish that goal.
Two of the focal points of today's FFA Organization is the personal growth and career development of its membership.
April is just around the corner, and farmers are getting anxious to get into their fields.
It's day two of the WPS Farm Show at the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh.
The ability to communicate verbally is vital for today's young people to be successful in the future...no matter what occupation they are looking at. That is why both the National and State FFA Organizations put such an emphasis on allowing memebers to participate in speaking competitions
Although concerns are being raised by farmers over the possibility of a late planting season, no on is complaining over the strong dairy markets.
Senate bill 509 dealing with implements of husbandry on our state and local roads passed the Seante on a voice vote. A companion bill is also in the Assembly and local 5 ag reporter Mike Austin looks at the status of that bill
The USDA's March Supply & Demand Report provided no bi surprises..but as a result of the latest numbers it did revise its price estimates for the current marketing year
Its been a strong start for dairy markets in 2014. The February Class 3 price is up over $2 dollars from January and over $6 stronger than February of 2013...and even if prices falter as expected in the second half of the year, on the whole dairy margins will be strong all year long.
Its the annual question at commodity classic...what are you going to plant?...and how many acres? Its also the question ag reporter Mike austin put two a c ouple of well respected market analysts
With the passage of the Farm Act of 2014 dairy has a new risk management tool. Reaction to the program and its value and impact on dairy producers was discussed at a recent midwest cooperative meeting held in Appleton.
With this being an election year, this current legislative session is the only opportunity this year for agriculture to get its priority issues addressed.
Ag Report 02/27/14
All throughout the ag industry, producer's prices are on the rise.