A new version of Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast will debut Feb. 1, offering farmers a much more detailed and localized look at the threat of runoff before they plan to spread manure.

The 88th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention will feature an array of workshops and presenters for farmers and families on Jan. 25-27 at Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton.

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MADISON — UW-Madison crop experts Joe Lauer and Shawn Conley just wrapped up their 2019 Wisconsin Agronomy Update meetings, traveling the state to present information on hybrid and variety performance, share analysis of last year’s growing season and provide updated recommendations for field…

One day in 2014, a man stopped by Bill and Bonnie McMillin’s farm in southeastern Minnesota’s Wabasha County and offered to pay cash for all 160 acres — lock, stock and barrel. Such an offer can be tempting. After all, the McMillins had worked hard over the previous few decades to build a 45…

The Indianhead Sheep and Goat Breeders Association will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its annual Small Ruminant Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Conference Center in Rice Lake.

UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are co-hosting a series of concentrated animal feeding operation update meetings throughout the state in early February. The meetings are specifically designed for Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitted CAFO o…

Michael Travis, who has served Pepin County as the agriculture and natural resources educator since 2013, also sill serve Pierce County in that same role at .2 FTE's, effective Jan. 1.

Youth looking for support to buy their first Brown Swiss can apply for the Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program offered by the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association. The organization is accepting applications between now and Feb. 15.

WAUSAU — Seed treatments and low germination rates are going to be very important in the 2019 growing season, according to Shawn Conley, state Extension soybean and small grains specialist. At the recent agronomy update meetings throughout the state, Conley said farmers would have to be extr…

Buffalo County’s new agricultural/natural resources zoning district, ANR-40, has been approved and certified by the state of Wisconsin as a farmland preservation zoning district, the Buffalo County Zoning Department and Land Conservation Department announced Jan. 3.

WAUSAU — Above-average temperature and late-season precipitation were two major players in the outcome of the 2018 growing season, according to UW-Madison Corn Agronomist Joe Lauer. Lauer presented his highlights and summaries of last year’s growing season at eight agronomy update meetings h…

FarmlandFinder, a digital toolset for land sale research, has expanded to 12 states throughout the Midwest and launched a suite of tools to help land professionals with farmland acquisition, valuation and analysis.

The UW-Madison campus will host a special meat product competition Jan. 21-25. The event is a satellite contest of the IFFA Quality Competition, a large international meat judging event held every three years in Frankfurt, Germany.

The first Global Dairy Trade auction of 2019 saw its weighted average of products offered jump 2.8 percent following the 1.7 percent rise on Dec. 18 and 2.2 percent on Dec. 4. Sellers brought 63.2 million pounds to market, down from 79.8 million in the Dec. 18 session and the lowest amount s…

Chippewa Valley Technical College will host a beginning beekeeper class meeting once a week starting Feb. 9 and running through Oct. 19. Classes will be from 9 a.m. to noon, with meeting flexibility from June to September. 

Calculating nitrogen use efficiency can be relatively simple and offers insight into how nitrogen management can be altered in order to achieve economically optimum yields while reducing nutrient losses to the environment.

Dairy Strong, one of the Midwest’s premiere conferences for the dairy community, will be held Jan. 23-24 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, bringing together more than 700 farmers, corporate professionals and government and university representatives to explore…

The base price paid to dairy producers for Class III milk in December took a tumble, ending the year on a low note at $13.78 per hundredweight. This is the lowest Class III price since last February, when it sunk to $13.40.

University of Minnesota Extension will host a set of workshops this winter in central and southern Minnesota to help farmers and landlords determine a fair farmland rental agreement for 2019.

While Wisconsin bankers say they’re optimistic about the state’s overall economy in 2019, they don’t have particularly high hopes for agricultural loans.

Katie Ziemer has joined Sand County Foundation as a soil conservationist in southeast Wisconsin, assisting farmers with writing and implementing conservation plans to achieve water quality and soil health improvements.

The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee is once again offering Youth Pig Project scholarships. These scholarships are designed to assist 4-H and FFA members in establishing swine projects that can lead to development of life skills and career opportunities in the Wisconsin pork industry.

Scholarships are available for FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative membership youth pursuing a post-secondary education. Applications are due March 29.

Hemp leapt a major hurdle with the passing of the farm bill in late December. But despite being removed from the Controlled Substance Act and now being treated as a commodity, a recent Wisconsin Bankers Association survey showed low confidence in the crop.

Representatives of Dane County Land and Water Resources Department are conducting an online survey aimed at meat producers in southwest or south-central Wisconsin to learn about current butchery services being offered.

Total 2018 Cooperatives Working Together-assisted member sales reached 72.5 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 17.4 million pounds of butter (82 percent milkfat) and 41.6 million pounds of whole milk powder. The milk equivalent of these sales is 1.364 billion pounds on a milkfat basis.

FFA members and staff joined President Donald Trump Dec. 20 at the White House as he signed the $867 billion farm bill. Among the bill’s provisions is an agricultural youth organization coordinator that National FFA members and other student members of agricultural youth organizations have a…

The Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders’ Association is sponsoring a dairy farmer grant program. Nationally recognized by the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation, the Wisconsin Beginning in Ayrshires Grant will help breeders establish themselves in the breed.

MADISON — Greg Bussler, state statistician in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Wisconsin office, provided board members of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection with his final report of 2018 at their Dec. 20 meeting, tackl…

World Dairy Expo’s annual Friends of Expo Party was held on Dec. 10, recognizing the efforts and contributions of WDE’s nearly 500 volunteers. The evening was highlighted with the presentation of the 2018 Friend of Expo Awards to longtime Expo volunteers Pat and Phyllis Agnew, Diane Amundson…

GRANTON — Paul Vine said he was anticipating the coming of Christmas for a different reason than most. Vine, who runs Vine’s Christmas Trees with his family, said the hectic tree season comes to an end Dec. 25, but the work continues on a tree farm.

Infrastructure hacks, deep winter greenhouses soil health for vegetable growers and more will be among topics at the Sustainable Farming Association's annual conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Compeer Financial's board of directors has announced that member-owners will see an increase of more than $42 million in patronage.

MADISON — Four dynamic panelists with interests in food shared their perspectives with attendees of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s Dairy Food and Policy Summit in late-December. The panel, which featured representatives from The Origin Milk Company, Foremost Farms USA, Kwik …

Farm Service Agency county offices nationwide were closed, effective Dec. 28, due to the federal government shutdown.

The winter solstice occurred Dec. 21, marking the meteorological start of winter. Many areas have been experiencing winter weather for several weeks already, but now is the time to really prepare for colder temperatures and snowfall. Knowing the best way to care for animals during the winter…