Category Archives: Ag Newswire

Wisconsin Crop Values

The value of production of Wisconsin’s field and miscellaneous crops was $3.78 billion in 2013 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Values summary. This is an 18 percent decrease from 2012. The corn value of production totaled $1.87 billion, down 30 percent from the previous year, even though corn production was up 12 percent. Wisconsin’s corn […]

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Ethan Giebel Wins National Collegiate Discussion Meet

Ethan Giebel, a student at UW-Platteville, was selected the winner of the 2014 national Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest held in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach on February 8. As the national winner, Giebel received $2,500 scholarship from competitive event sponsor CHS Foundation. Giebel was selected […]

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Our Food Link Connects Consumers All Year Round

“Our Food Link,” is a new year-round program that county Farm Bureaus will use to reach consumers with accurate information about agriculture. Our Food Link replaces ‘Food Check-Out Week’ which marked the week in which many families have earned enough income to buy their groceries for the year. Our Food Link was launched during the […]

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NRCS and Forest Service Partner to Improve Forest Health

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service have announced a multi-year partnership to improve the health and resiliency of ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation. “Both of these agencies have the same goal – improving the health of our forests, fields, and streams,” said Jimmy Bramblett, NRCS State […]

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Farm Machinery Bill Must Pass Now

A Message from WFBF President Jim Holte A seed has been planted in the form of a bill to update laws pertaining to farm machinery on Wisconsin roads. It faces a short growing season and it’s crucial that we get this crop harvested by April. Last fall I stressed that an update of our state […]

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Technology, Data Privacy Concern Farmers and Ranchers

One of the most important issues related to “big data” goes directly to property rights and who owns and controls farm-level data that may be collected, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress today. Risks to privacy that farmers face are of great concern, according to Farm Bureau. “For years, farmers have used technology advances […]

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State Vet Bans Spring Fair Pig Weigh-ins

In an effort to protect Wisconsin’s pork industry from the spread of a deadly, communicable virus among pigs, Dr. Paul McGraw, state veterinarian at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is issuing a ban on the usual spring weigh-ins of pigs in preparation for Wisconsin’s many county fairs.  Dr. McGraw also […]

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Aquaculture Conference set for March 7 and 8

Raising Fish Today to Build a Better Tomorrow is the theme of the 2014 Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference. Registration is now open for the 19th annual event which will be held March 7 and 8 at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot, Wis. “As consumer interest in locally sourced fish continues to rise, the Wisconsin aquaculture industry […]

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Dairy 30×20 Processor Grant Application Due February 21

Dairy processors need to apply by February 21 to take advantage of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30×20 Processor Grant. This new grant from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) can be used for operational changes that will improve production and profitability. Grants will be given up to $50,000 per proposal. The funds […]

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Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wisconsin farmers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources. Applications are due by August 1, 2014. Finalists and winner will be announced in late 2014. For complete application information, visit “Through this partnership, […]

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