Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board approves budget

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board of Directors unanimously approved a $30.3 million budget for FY 2016.  The spending plan represents a nearly $1.5 million increase over FY 2015 thanks to increased milk production in the state. WMMB will continue to fund national cheese advertising, in-school nutrition education, Fuel Up to Play 60 and statewide promotions for… Read more »

Husker Food Connection helps ‘bridge the gap’

Students on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) city campus had the opportunity Thursday to learn more about where their food comes from during Husker Food Connection. Lukas Fricke, an animal science major from Ulysses and one of the organizers of the event, says it’s designed to bridge the gap between the farm and ranch students on ag… Read more »

Ethanol leader not convinced EPA understands concerns

One of the EPA’s top advisors on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) spoke Thursday at an Ethanol Forum in Omaha. Paul Argyropoulos, senior policy advisor in the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, talked about the recent consent decree which sets firm deadlines for proposing and finalizing the ethanol volume requirements for 2014, 2015… Read more »

Nebraska’s governor announces first trade mission

Agriculture will be a big focus of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ first foreign trade mission. The governor, along with state agriculture and economic development officials, will travel to Denmark, Belgium and Italy in June.  Among the stops will be a major European food show in Milan, Italy and a meeting with officials of Danish biotechnology… Read more »

Missouri Ag Director tells FFA kids to reach high

Reach out of your comfort zone — that was the message at the opening session of the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Former FFA student Richard Fordyce, who is now director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, told members they should reach high, “I will tell you that there are kids right now, I think,… Read more »

New Missouri FFA President from Trenton

The 87th Missouri FFA Convention is in full gear in Columbia, Missouri. The theme of this year’s convention is Show Me Opportunity, Discover Success. New FFA President Adam Kirby with Trenton FFA says he’s excited about the year ahead and the continued role of young people in agriculture. Kirby tells Brownfield, “FFA is helping to lead… Read more »

Holte named interim CAO for Wisconsin Farm Bureau

Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte will serve as interim Chief Administrative Officer for the Federation.  The Elk Mound farmer will continue his duties as WFBF president and American Farm Bureau board member while they search for a new, permanent CAO. The action follows the departure of Stephen Freese who became CAO of the organization when Roger… Read more »

Opening dialog on transportation issues

Agriculture partnerships may be bringing more awareness to transportation issues facing Illinois farmers.  Duane Dahlman is a McHenry County grower in Northern Illinois who serves on the Illinois Soybean Association board.  He tells Brownfield by bringing together ag groups and county engineers they hope to prioritize transportation road blocks for farmers. “We obviously do not… Read more »

Purdue ag placement rates continue upward trend

The rate of placement for Purdue University College of Agriculture graduates, for the fifth consecutive year, has increased.  A recent survey found 96-percent of the College’s May 2014 graduates reported having found jobs or continuing their education. Marcos Fernandez, associate dean and director of academic programs says the survey reflects an improving job market and… Read more »

GLRI grants address water quality

The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded over $17 million dollars to reduce runoff in the Great Lakes. Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin received funding for 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants. Elaine Brown, MAEAP Training and Grant Liaison with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says the grants add to several efforts to address… Read more »