PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

  The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Cornerstone Academy is coming up March 17 and 18 in Madison, Wisconsin. This professional development training is designed for dairy farmers and other dairy professionals seeking to complement technical skills with foundational interpersonal strengths.  Two courses of study are being offered this year: “INFLUENTIAL LEADERSHIP – Interact and… Read more »

New fungicide for soybeans approved

A new fungicide for soybean growers has received federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency. Priaxor® D fungicide is made by BASF. Megan Andriankaja, a technical marketing specialist for the company, tells Brownfield Ag News, “We’ve seen great control with Priaxor D fungicide on soybeans in some recent trials in the mid-South. What we did… Read more »

Wisconsin Corn-Soy Expo is growing

The popularity of the Wisconsin Corn-Soy Expo continues to grow. A joint effort of the Wisconsin Corn Growers, Wisconsin Soybean Association and Wisconsin Pork Association has drawn record-attendance this year around 1,700.  Bob Karls is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin Soybean Board, he says the appeal of the trade show,… Read more »

Groups want EPA to control air around CAFOs

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and other groups has filed two lawsuits demanding the Environmental Protection Agency do something about controlling air pollution from large farms. The group says there are more than 20,000 large farms housing billions of animals in the U.S. which “release noxious air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic… Read more »

No spring hog weigh-in in Wisconsin

In an effort to prevent the spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw is again banning the spring pig weigh-ins for county fairs. This is the second year for the ban. McGraw also recommends only terminal swine shows be held again this year. He says, “The only safe… Read more »

Third strain of PEDv confirmed

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A third ‘naturally-occurring’ strain* of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs has been identified. The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab discovered the strain. It was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and announced last week, on December 31st, 2014. Since the initial PEDV… Read more »

Bayer on its “game changer” for soybeans

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A new tool for soybean growers is described as a “game changer” by its maker. Bayer CropScience has introduced the ILeVO seed treatment to protect against two of the top diseases impacting soybean yields, cyst nematodes and Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). Bayer’s business strategy manager John Carlson says the dollar amount in lost revenues for… Read more »

“Bath Milk” requirements changed in Australia

In light of several child illnesses and the death of a three-year-old, the Australian state of Victoria has changed the rules for so-called “bath milk”. The unpasteurized milk has been labeled “not for human consumption” but became for some a way to legally buy raw milk.  Bath milk is in similar packaging and often placed… Read more »

Leprino Foods establishes animal care standards

Leprino Foods announced a mandate that its dairy suppliers and farmers comply with a set of animal care standards.  Leprino, one of the largest cheese and dairy food ingredient companies in the world is launching the Leprino Quality Animal Care Program (LQAC).  The initiative works in combination with existing dairy industry standards including the National… Read more »

USDA confirms bird flu in wild birds

The USDA has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in wild birds in the extreme northwestern county of Washington state. Whatcom County is just across the border from Canada’s Frazer Valley where five farms were quarantined last week after H5N2 was confirmed in chickens and turkeys. Wild birds are suspected in those infections…. Read more »