2015 Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers

The Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® program has graduated two new and four returning Master Cheesemakers. The newest Master Cheesemakers are Adam Buholzer, of Klondike Cheese Company in Monroe, and Chris Roelli, of Roelli Cheese Haus in Shullsburg.  Buholzer is a fourth-generation cheesemaker and one of four Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers in the Buholzer family.  Adam is now… Read more »

John Deere responds to ownership article

  A spokesman for John Deere says he wants to make it clear that if a farmer buys a tractor from John Deere, they own it. Barry Nelson, Deere’s media relations director, tells Brownfield the question of who owns their equipment past the point of purchase has been in the news lately after a recent… Read more »

Wisconsin to issue daily H5N2 briefings

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will issue a daily Avian Influenza Briefing, Monday-through-Friday as long as the situation warrants.  News releases will be issued for significant new developments.  There were no new infections in the state on Friday. As of Friday afternoon there are six infected farms in four counties affecting… Read more »

Syngenta official: technology should not be withheld

A Syngenta official says there’s a long-term risk in withholding biotechnology advances from U.S. farmers.  Responding to lawsuits against Syngenta, Agrisure commercial traits lead Duane Martin says growers and companies need new technologies as they become available. “The fact that this has become a delay, an increase in potential costs, a legal and regulatory risk,… Read more »

Minnesota Farm Bureau seeks tax relief for farmers

  The number one priority for Minnesota Farm Bureau going into the 2015 legislative session was agricultural property tax relief. Farm Bureau Policy Director Doug Busselman tells Brownfield most farmers in the state pay ten times the amount of property taxes for school buildings than non-farm Minnesotans.  Farm Bureau was looking to have that equalized… Read more »

Iowa, Indiana farm moms among top five

A Minden, Iowa woman and a Franklin, Indiana woman are among the five regional winners in Monsanto’s search for Farm Mom of the Year. “I actually grew up in town, so when I met and married a farmer from Iowa I had a lot of learning to do,” said Sara Ross, Minden, Iowa, who is… Read more »

Senate ag committee focuses on Cuba

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on expanding agricultural trade with Cuba.  Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says the committee wants to improve agricultural trade opportunities. Stabenow says there is potential for billions of dollars in trade.  She says Cuba can benefit from U.S. commodities and agricultural equipment just 91 miles from their… Read more »

Wisconsin farmers “ready to rock-n-roll”

With a forecast for sunshine and highs in the 60’s and 70’s, Wisconsin farmers are ready to roll in the fields next week.  Mike Weiss is a Technical Agronomist with Asgrow/Dekalb, he says some corn was planted in northwest Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago but most farmers are just getting things ready, spreading manure,… Read more »

Black Cutworm moths in Midwest states

Midwest growers are encouraged to be vigilant for early signs of black cutworm damage when corn seedlings emerge. University of Illinois entomologist Mike Gray says captures of the species have been common in Illinois and other Midwestern states, including many areas of Indiana. While the flights of the black cutworm moths have included fewer than… Read more »

House panel advances Trade Promotion Authority bill

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The House Ways and Means Committee has passed the Trade Promotion Authority bill.  The bill provides for trade agreements to be considered by Congress with an up or down vote, but without amendments.  It’s thought that extending TPA to President Obama may ease the way for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal now being… Read more »