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.