Advancements in technology help many areas

Tom Gillis is a corn and soybean producer at Roberts, Wisconsin and serves on the Corn Promotion Board.  He talks about technical advancements, the export market and the importance of upgrading the lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi River. AUDIO: Tom Gillis (5:00 mp3)

Changes with SRA and crop insurance

Tom Odeen handles crop insurance for M & I Bank, he says that new Standard Reinsurance Agreement with USDA will mean some changes but most producers will not really notice any difference.  He also talks about some deadlines coming up and the need to utilize crop insurance. AUDIO: Tom Odeen (3:40 mp3)

Opportunities for careers in agriculture

This show is right in the back yard of one of the premier agriculture colleges in the country. Dale Gallenberg is Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  He says enrollment at the college is strong and the opportunities are there for those interested in… Read more »

Time for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Pierce County. When Roger and Beverly Peterson were selected as the host farm a few years ago, it was an 80-cow dairy operation. Since that time, a couple of their children decided they wanted to come back on the farm and the decision was made… Read more »

The County Extension Agent is key

Since Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the property of the University of Wisconsin Extension that means the county extension agent is always heavily involved as Executive Secretary for the show. This year that job belongs to Greg Andrews. He has been in Pierce County for over 25 years and has seen a lot of changes… Read more »

Bringing the show to Pierce County for the first time

One of the unique features of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the fact it is a travelling show, it moves around to a different host county each year. The show is bid at least three-years in advance which means at all times there are three separate county committees operating at various stages. Mel Pittman is… Read more »

Brad Peterson..host family/field demonstrations

Brad Peterson will be a very busy guy this week, not only is he part of the host Peterson Family Farm, he is also heading-up the field demonstrations. Brad is one of the reasons the farm recently expanded, he was an agronomist with Land O’Lakes for about five years and then decided he wanted to… Read more »

Another big show from Mills Fleet Farm

Five years ago, Mills Fleet Farm did an expansive display at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days to commemorate their 50th anniversary. The display was such a hit, the company decided to do it every year. Mark Stelzl puts the show together each year and he has a lot lined up again this year. This year they… Read more »

WFTD will offer tours for non-farmers

Each year Wisconsin Farm Technology Days tries to attract non-farmers to the show but the reality is, a lot of what is on display is quite foreign to those not involved in agriculture. Last year, Jay Richardson ran, a farmer from Spring Valley ran into just such a situation at Crave Brothers Farm. “A gentleman… Read more »

American Star in Agriscience: Amy Robak

The 2009 American Star in Agriscience is Amy Robak of the Foley FFA Chapter in Minnesota. Amy’s interest in undergraduate research involves a number research projects near her home area. AUDIO: Amy Robak, Minnesota (3:50 MP3)