‘All For One’ Taking Entries

‘All For One’ Taking Entries

Any person with a disability who is 8-21 years of age is invited to join the Wisconsin State Fair for the 2024 All for One Livestock Shows. All for One participants will gain the real-life experience of showing a goat or pig.

The deadline to enter is July 19. See details: https://wistatefair.com/competitions/all-for-one/?mc_cid=d146309c8e&mc_eid=86e33f80c3

The All for One Swine Show is Aug. 1. Participants will pair up with two youth mentors and a pig to use for the show. It costs $15 per participant. Participation is limited to the first 20 paid participants.

The All for One Goat Show is Aug. 3. Similarly, participants will pair up with two mentors and a goat. It costs $15, and participation is limited to 20.

You can email questions to entryoffice@wistatefair.com.


Explore Regenerative Farming in Wisconsin

Explore Regenerative Farming in Wisconsin

The Regenerative Land Relations team of 350 Wisconsin invites the public to tour a woman-led farming operation. This farm produces food in sustainable ways and regenerates the land, enhancing the soil’s capacity to capture carbon.

The hour-and-a-half tour on July 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m. will feature a goat milking demonstration and highlight the family’s diverse operations using permaculture methods including no-till vegetable production, pollinator habitat, grass-fed beef and also laying chickens. There also will be a presentation by Wisconsin Linen Revival, which grows flax on the farm as part of an effort to establish a regionally scaled flax-to-linen textile industry in the Midwest.

The Parisi homestead overlooks Lake Kegonsa in the Town of Dunn, 10 miles south of Madison. More about the regenerative organic agriculture practiced there and the family’s contact information can be found at parisifamilyfarm.com.

WHAT: Parisi Family Farm Tour
WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 2024, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: 3718 Halvorson Road, Stoughton


Help Stop The Spread Of Aquatic Invasive Species

Help Stop The Spread Of Aquatic Invasive Species

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds boaters to help stop the spread of invasive plants and animals in our waters as part of the Great Lakes Landing Blitz.

The effort is a collaboration of all Great Lakes states and also provinces to educate boaters that simple clean-up steps and draining water from the boat and live wells can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

From June 26 to July 6, volunteers and regional aquatic invasive species prevention partners will greet many Wisconsin boaters at landings and access points. Clean Boats Clean Waters boat inspectors will give out a boat trailer sticker with a graphic showing where plants, tiny animals and also potentially contaminated water can hide on a boat and trailer. 

“It only takes a minute to remove plants, animals, mud or debris from boats, trailers and equipment and to drain all water from bilges, livewells and bait buckets,” said Erin McFarlane, the Statewide Clean Boats Clean Waters Educator with Extension Lakes. “These simple steps help keep invasive species from hitching a ride from one lake or river to another.”

Every boater and angler has a role to play in protecting Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers. Everyone should follow these prevention steps, required by Wisconsin state law, to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in our waters:

  • Inspect boats, trailers and equipment before and after use.
  • Remove all mud and attached aquatic plants and animals.
  • Drain all water from boats, vehicles and equipment, including livewells and fish buckets.
  • Never move plants or live fish away from a waterbody.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
  • Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer.

Additionally, only use leftover minnows when fishing with them on the same body of water. They can be used on other waters only if no lake or river water or other fish have been added to their container.

To learn more about invasive species and their impacts on Wisconsin’s waters and economy, visit the DNR’s Invasive Species webpage.


Wisconsin Milk Production Up

Wisconsin Milk Production Up

Milk production in Wisconsin during May 2024 totaled 2.81 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the previous May. This is according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

The average number of milk cows during May, at 1.27 million head, was unchanged from last month but up 2,000 from May 2023. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,205 pounds, up 20 pounds from last May.

    Milk production in the 24 major States during May totaled 18.9 billion pounds, down 0.7 percent from May 2023. April revised production, at 18.3 billion pounds, was down 0.4 percent from April 2023. The April revision represented a decrease of 27 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,122 pounds for May, 3 pounds below May 2023.

    New Mexico saw the greatest loss in production from 2023 — down 14.7 percent — and Florida saw the greatest gain — up 10.5 percent.

    The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.89 million head, 52,000 head less than May 2023, but 5,000 head more than April 2024.

    Milk production in the U.S. during May totaled 19.7 billion pounds, down 0.9 percent from May 2023.
    Production per cow in the U.S. averaged 2,105 pounds for May, 3 pounds below May 2023.

    The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.35 million head, 68,000 head less than May 2023, but 5,000 head more than April 2024.


    Wisconsin To Host National Dairy Goat Convention

    Wisconsin To Host National Dairy Goat Convention

    Wisconsin’s dairy goat industry also contributes to the state’s nickname of America’s Dairyland.

    The Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association traces its roots back to the 1930s. Association Vice President Anna Thompson Hajdik says Wisconsin’s dairy goat heritage has gotten a new light in the last decade or so thanks to the development of new products.

    “You can find goat milk in everything from your conventional cheeses to now ice creams, gelatos, there’s exciting work going on in the creation of formula for babies,” she says. “There’s yogurt, kiefers, and other growing segments of dairy goat products, so it’s an exciting time.”

    Wisconsin will be showing off its dairy goat heritage this fall. The American Dairy Goat Association is hosting its national convention October 19-25 in Lake Geneva.

    Thompson Hajdik, who also serves as a regional director for the ADGA, says the last time Wisconsin hosted the convention was in 2006 in Milwaukee. Before that, it was 1994 in Madison.

    “This year, it’ll be down in Lake Geneva, which we’re very excited about because we have so many goat dairies down in that region,” she says. “That will bring people from all over the country and all over the world. We have people coming from as far away as Nepal, Germany, Australia, and The Netherlands, so we’re going to have some international presence.”

    Thompson Hajdik says the attractions at the annual convention range from an animal auction to educational programming for producers.

    “Programming will run the gamut on issues that are really relevant right now in the agricultural world… sustainability and dairy goats…. the commercial world… hands-on workshops, as well,” she lists. “It’s a whole week of programming and then it caps off with a sale of really high-quality live animals.”

    You can learn more at convention.adga.org


    Wheat Diseases Resurge in Wisconsin

    Wheat Diseases Resurge in Wisconsin

    Unseen for a few years, two major wheat diseases have re-emerged, catching farmers off guard. Damon Smith, UW-Extension Plant Pathologist says he’s starting to see diseases really taking hold and shutting the plants down early.

    “We’re seeing the resurgence of stripe rust and fusarium head blight (scab),” says Smith. “After several years of relative calm, this has caught many by surprise.”

    Smith says he saw the most significant severity on certain susceptible varieties in our southern locations, particularly around Arlington. As we move north, the severity decreases. This aligns with the fact that stripe rust spores generally can’t overwinter in Wisconsin. Instead they travel from the deep south.

    Fusarium head blight, another concerning disease, has also reappeared after a few years of dormancy. “It’s been about three years since we’ve had a significant scab event,” Smith explained. “This disease produces a toxin called vomitoxin. This can lead to dockages at grain elevators if levels exceed two parts per million.”

    With fungicide application windows now closed, Smith recommends that farmers focus on scouting and preparing for the next planting season. “It’s too late to do anything preventative this season, but now is a great time to look at local variety trials and make varietal decisions for the 2025 crop based on disease resistance,” he advised.

    He also emphasized the importance of combine setup to manage the impact of head scab. “Research from Ohio State suggests that adjusting the combine to increase the fan speed and open the shutter can help clean out damaged kernels, potentially lowering vomitoxin levels in the harvested crop.”

    In addition to stripe rust and head scab, Smith mentioned other diseases of concern. “We’ve seen some powdery mildew on susceptible varieties, which is typically variety-dependent. We’ve also had reports of soil-borne cephalosporium stripe in the eastern part of the state, particularly in areas with tight wheat rotations.”

    Looking ahead, Dr. Smith cautioned that the inoculum load from this year’s stripe rust epidemic could pose a threat next season. “We need to be more aware of stripe rust next year, especially if we have a winter with lots of snow cover that allows spores to overwinter.”


    Will Summer Beef Demand Live Up To Last Year?

    Will Summer Beef Demand Live Up To Last Year?

    Prepared and written by Jeff Swenson, DATCP Livestock and Meat Specialist. The Market Update draws information from several sources, including trade publications, radio broadcasts, agricultural news services, individuals involved in the industry as well as USDA NASS and AMS reports.

    The cattle market turned higher last week with the five-area weekly weighted steer average up $2.75. Analysts predicted tight availability of market-ready cattle in Iowa and Nebraska this week. The prospect of higher bids shook cattle loose, especially in the south with trade activity beginning early in the week. August live cattle futures gained $6.00 and hit an 11-week high last week, attempting to align more closely with the cash market.

    Last week’s harvest estimate of 615,000 head was 1,000 more than the previous week and 21,000 less than last year. Year-to-date cattle harvest is running 4.4% below last year. Cattle on Feed and Monthly Slaughter reports are expected to continue painting a picture of tightening fed cattle supplies and lower non-fed harvest.

    The tight supply of cows and bulls has caused 90% lean beef trimmings to hit record highs. Non-fed cattle prices have also hit record highs.

    The Choice beef cutout averaged $318.29 last week, a gain of $2.24. A short time ago it seemed a stretch to think the cutout could take out the $322 level of resistance but now that is a possibility. There are headwinds, however. Memorial Day and Father’s Day are two of the year’s largest grilling holidays. With those days behind us, concerns persist that summer demand will not live up to last year. The average retail price of beef in May was $8.11/pound, 4 cents lower than April, and 3 cents higher than this time last year.

    High Choice and Prime beef breed steers and heifers sold steady to $2 higher this week, bringing $177- $190/cwt with some packages higher. Choice steers and heifers ranged from $167-$177/cwt. with mixed grading and those likely to grade Select bringing $152-$167/cwt. Holstein steers were steady to higher. High grading steers brought $162-$175/cwt with reports of some packages selling higher. Lower grading steers brought $130-$162. Silage-fed, under finished or heavy dairy breed steers brought $75- $130/cwt. Dairy x Beef steers were higher, bringing $130-$182/cwt.

    Cows were steady to $1 higher. The bulk of the cows brought $105-$130/cwt with some to the high $140s/cwt. Doubtful health and thin cows were bringing $105/cwt and down.

    Dairy breed bull calves were fully steady from $200-$400/head with some heavier, well-managed calves selling to $750. Beef and Beef Cross calves were steady, selling to $980 with some to $1,000/head.


    Leaving Town? DATCP Recommends Waiting To Post About It

    Leaving Town? DATCP Recommends Waiting To Post About It

    June is Internet Safety Month. The internet has become essential to most people’s daily lives, and in online spaces, things can change quickly.

    Knowing the latest tips on how to keep yourself safe and your privacy protected becomes more important every day, says the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

    Social Media Privacy

    Something as simple as a photo of your home can be enough to identify your location. A post about an upcoming vacation can indicate an opportunity to steal from you. Or, scammers can use A.I. to copy your voice in a video of you speaking. This can lead to convincing scam calls against your friends or family.

    Consider making your accounts private so you’re in control of who sees your posts.

    Account Takeovers

    Email and social media accounts can be taken over by scammers and used to trick other people in the victim’s network. Never give anyone the phone number associated with your accounts, send someone a verification code sent to your phone or email, or open links or attachments in any messages you didn’t expect to receive.

    If you receive a login attempt notification that didn’t come from an action you took, change your password right away.

    Passwords and Login Info

    If a scammer gains access to one of your accounts, they may be able to use it to take over other accounts too. This is because many people reuse the same password on multiple accounts. Passwords should be unique to each account and long and memorable to you, but difficult to guess. Try using a password manager program or a passphrase.

    Consider activating two-factor authentication to provide an extra layer of security to your online accounts.


    PDP Releases Program & Event List For 2024-25

    PDP Releases Program & Event List For 2024-25

    Professional Dairy Producers introduces its 2024-25 Educational Programs Calendar with a full schedule of virtual and in-person training opportunities. It’s all focused on the industry’s most timely topics.

    The PDP program calendar took into account input from the organization’s producer-led board of directors and members across the country. The board designed the programs for dairy farm owners, managers, employees, and allied industry.

    “As the dairy industry changes more quickly than ever before, so must dairy farmers, their teams and professionals that serve them,” says PDP Executive Director Shelly Mayer, a dairy farmer from Slinger. “We are excited to bring a full slate of educational programming to equip the entire dairy community to stay at the leading edge of their businesses.”

    Mayer noted that expanding simultaneous Spanish-translation services, forming alliances with other industry stakeholders, and providing multiple learning formats are all part of PDP’s overarching mission to help dairy producers succeed.

    Signature programs:

    • Accelerate™ (July 24, 2024) provides a one-day workshop for agricultural interns to enhance their summer experience and prepare to enter the workforce.
    • Agricultural Community Engagement® (ACE) Twilight Meetings (August 26, 27, 28, 29, 2024) will feature farm tours and open conversations with community leaders on topics critical to rural Wisconsin. Organized by the Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association, Pheasants Forever and PDP.
    • Financial Literacy for Dairy provides two levels of dairy-focused financial training:
      • Level 1 – Nov. 13-14, Dec. 4-5, 2024
      • Level 2 – Jan. 22-23, Feb. 5-6, Feb. 26-27, 2025
        A separate related training will be offered Oct. 30-31, 2024, to teach advanced finance and business management concepts
    • Stride™ Youth Leadership Conference (Sept. 21, 2024) is a one-day program for youth ages 15 to 18 to build leadership, teamwork and communications skills. 
    • Dairy Insights Summit (Dec. 3, 2024) will bring together innovative farmers, industry professionals and policymakers to understand and discuss today’s complex issues.
    • Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals® (Jan. 14-16, 2025) is a unique opportunity for executive level training with national speakers, out-of-industry tours and networking with progressive, forward-thinking peers.
    • Dairy Wellbeing Workshop (Feb. 11 and 12, 2025) will cover key topics to improve animal care on farms and provide a rare opportunity to tour a meat-processing facility from cooler to harvest floor.

    Programming opportunities with simultaneous Spanish translation:

    • Dairy Managers Institute® (Dec. 10-11, 2024) features three tiers of training to equip today’s dairy managers with the skills to become effective team leaders.
    • Herdsperson Workshop (Oct. 29 and 30, 2024) will key in on some of the biggest challenges in managing dairy herds and is designed for dairy farmers, herd managers, nutritionists, veterinarians and more.
    • Calf Care Connection® (Oct. 15 and 16, 2024) will provide a deep dive into key issues for raising healthy calves.
    • Cornerstone Dairy Academy® (March 11, 2025) delivers training for critical leadership and people-development skills in the three-pillar training program designed for dairy farmers and industry professionals.
    • PDP Business Conference (March 12-13, 2025) will feature a full slate of leading experts, producer panels and networking opportunities. 

    An exciting addition to the 2024-25 calendar is the PDP International Tour to Italy, set for April 5 through 17, 2025. A detailed itinerary and pricing for this once-in-a-lifetime trip will be announced in early July.

    Details and registration information are available for all programs at www.pdpw.org or by calling PDP at 800-947-7379.


    Farm Bureau Hiring

    Farm Bureau Hiring

    Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for a graphic designer.

    Duties include applying art, design, and copy layout skills to create visually engaging concepts, such as promotional and branding materials, communication media, and other print and digital materials.

    WFBF’s graphic designer oversees the design and printing of a 48-page membership magazine. Other duties include working with partners to coordinate advertising, helping to maintain the WFBF and Gather Wisconsin brands and assist in other design projects such as brochures, letterhead, business cards, etc. Duties also include taking photos and maintaining a digital asset management system.

    See the full job description: https://wfbf.com/about/careers/

    To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Mark Schuster, VP of Organizational Development, at mschuster@wfbf.com.