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
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.