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January Prices Received by Farmers

The preliminary January 2014 average price received by farmers for corn in Wisconsin is $4.10 per bushel according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This was down $0.06 from the December full month price and $2.83 less than January 2013. The preliminary January soybean price, at $12.70 per bushel, […]

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UW-Extension/UW-Madison Administrator to Lead UW-Extension

Statewide Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Director and Associate Dean John Shutske accepts interim provost and vice chancellor post  John M. Shutske, who has a joint administrative appointment with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension, will begin serving as the new interim provost and vice chancellor of UW-Extension on Feb. 17, 2014. That role currently […]

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Farm Bureau: OSHA Overreach on Grain Bins Must End

A guidance memo produced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on grain bins and grain storage should be withdrawn because it provides authority for enforcement activities on small farms that are exempt under law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress today. While Farm Bureau has always made farm safety a priority, the OSHA […]

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What is Your Woods Worth?

Many people appreciate the aesthetic and recreational values of forests but do not have an understanding of the importance of forests in building and sustaining the economy of southwest Wisconsin.  Often when people compare the value of their woodlands to other land uses, the economics of forests don’t add up. Southwest Badger Forester Patrick Dayton […]

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Available

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced the availability of Specialty Crop Block Grant applications. Past recipients have supported research, offered trainings, improved production and increased marketing for the state’s diverse agricultural industry. Specialty Crop Block Grants fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of Wisconsin’s specialty crops as a whole. […]

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Six Sites Hosting Networking Opportunities for Wisconsin Farm Women with Heart of the Farm Conferences in 2014

Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture is offering six conferences throughout Wisconsin during the months of February, March and April 2014 for Wisconsin farm women. Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture workshop series is a University of Wisconsin-Extension program committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting […]

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Nominations Open for the Organic Advisory Council

Now is the time to become involved in the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is accepting nominations through March 10 for four open seats. The 12 member Organic Advisory Council is made up of representatives from organic farms, businesses, consumers, non-profit organizations and the certification industry. The […]

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Wisconsin Dairy Well-Being Conference scheduled for March 7

University of Wisconsin-Extension will host their annual one-day statewide conference on March 7 at Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Eau Claire to address the issue of animal handling and well-being. “The care and well-being of cattle in the state of Wisconsin is important to consumers and farmers alike,” said Mark Hagedorn, UW-Extension Eau Claire […]

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Wisconsin Cheese Originals Offers $2,500 Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship

Wisconsin Cheese Originals announces today applications for its 2014 Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship are available. The $2,500 award will help one aspiring cheesemaker earn his or her Wisconsin cheesemaking license and make new artisan, farmstead or specialty cheeses. Wisconsin is the only state in the nation to require cheesemakers to be licensed, a lengthy process that […]

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Six Sites Hosting Networking Opportunities for Wisconsin Farm Women with Heart of the Farm Conferences in 2014

Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture is offering six conferences throughout Wisconsin during the months of February, March and April 2014 for Wisconsin farm women. Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture workshop series is a University of Wisconsin-Extension program committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting […]

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