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