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The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation begins their 103rd annual meeting in WI Dells. Although he may not be along for the convention, American Farm Bureau Federation President, Zippy Duvall, will be paying attention to policy developments in America's Dairyland. Bob Bosold visits with Duvall about early developments in the 2023 Farm Bill. Deer hunte…
 
There’s a lot of opportunity for hunters to get back in the woods this year between the holiday hunts and the muzzleloader season. After the nine-day gun deer hunt, the Wisconsin DNR actually expects another 25,000 deer to be harvested before the end of the year. And they’re hoping more folks are willing to donate their deer to a food pantry throug…
 
The latest innovations and opportunities for crop protection aren’t necessarily new but rather improved. Tim Swanson, product manager for CHS shares more about opportunities in crop protection and nutrition and shares insights for retailers and growers to help navigate the next growing season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Everyone's keeping an eye on interest rates - including farmers. Charitee Seebecker talks with Steve Nicholson with Rabobank. Input costs in 2023 are still expected to be high, but Nicholson says most farms are still in a decent financial position. Consumers have probably been witnessing higher prices at the grocery store. Maybe it was the Thanksgi…
 
Agronomy manager Ryan Gentle of Wyffels keeps a close eye on what develops in corn fields from Illinois to southern Wisconsin. He tells Mid-West Farm Report about the patterns revealed by Wyffels Corn Root Worm Monitoring Program. He also explains how lessons learned in 2022 will help in 2023. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
This weekend during the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Agriculturists (YFA) Conference, there will be a passing of the gavel. Bob Nash from Ozaukee County will be stepping down as president, after enjoying some life altering experiences. Pam Jahnke visits with Nash about how his passion for agriculture developed despite the fact that he d…
 
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding consumers to check for invasive pests before purchasing live out-of-state Christmas trees and holiday décor. Pam Jahnke visits with Shahlah Werner, Plant Protection Section Manager with DATCP, about some of the previous encounters the state has had with inva…
 
For many people, the internet is the source of news and communication on a daily basis. In rural areas of Wisconsin, however, broadband internet is not taken for granted. Stephanie Hoff talks to Jason Wied from Bug Tussel Wireless about grant monies they've received to work on providing internet access to all of rural Wisconsin. Wyffels Hybrids wra…
 
The USDA is committed to supporting a diverse range of farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners. That includes Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, conservation, and disaster assistance. Robert Bonnie is the under secretary for the USDA Farm Production and Conservation. He helps farmers and forest landowners by implementing programs …
 
UW-Platteville announced the Beginning a Career in the Meat Industry programming, a half-day course designed for college and high school students who want to learn more about careers in the meat sector. The project is funded by the Meat Talent Development Program, a $5 million program created to strengthen the state’s meat processing supply chain a…
 
Have you noticed the price of eggs in the grocery store? While prices have been climbing, some stores are limiting purchases or just running out as holiday feasts and baking are in full swing. With about 10% of the nation’s egg laying chickens being lost to avian influenza this year, egg production is tight and will remain that way for a while. Ron…
 
The cost and availability of propane didn't take the spotlight this year with such a warm fall. Not to mention, the warm, dry weather helped with grain drying. This is making propane prices favorable, according to Michael Newland. He's the director of agriculture business development at the Propane Education Research Council. Newland says the counc…
 
Fertilizer is a big investment that’s too important to risk. Soil tests help to determine what nutrients you need. Having a good balance between agronomics and the rising cost of fertilizer is key moving into 2023. Galynn Beer is the national strategy and product management lead for AgroLiquid. He works with farmers to attain good agronomy skills i…
 
What were the pro's and con's of the 2022 growing season? How did corn hybrids respond? Those are the questions looking for answers this winter with the Wyffels Hybrid Research and Agronomy teams. Dr. Brent Tharp, Technical Product Manager at Wyffels, explains what happens next in their world. Pouring over data generated in farm fields across the c…
 
Crisis preparedness is an often-overlooked area of farm risk management; however the real risk here is loss of reputation and potentially, loss of market. This time of year is a good time to develop a plan and access the resources available to help you. In the event of a dairy crisis there are 2 critical action items: The Dairy industry must speak …
 
Animal agriculture always needs to be vigilant and paying attention to activities by animal rights groups. Carrie Mess visits with Hannah Thompson-Weeman from the Animal Ag Alliance about changes they've seen in tactics. Ashley Huhn from the Steffes Group alerts Pam Jahnke to an upcoming auction in Brillion, WI, and discusses sales trends going int…
 
The 2022 USDA Census of Agriculture is making its way to mailboxes across the country. Pam Jahnke visits with Barbara Rater, USDA director of the Census and Survey Division, about new elements included in this year's census. Elections are in the rear view mirror, but educating the newly elected on agriculture and its needs going into the Farm Bill …
 
The work doesn’t stop when the cranberry harvest is over. Ray Habelman is the fourth generation and CEO of Habelman Brothers Company in Tomah. They grow cranberries for the fresh market. After the harvest, the perennial plants need to be prepped and protected for the winter. Inside the facility, cranberries are processed and packaged for retailers …
 
If you grew up on a Wisconsin Dairy Farm, you’ve definitely heard “waste not, want not” before. Using everything we’ve got is a way of life on the farm. Chad Galer from Dairy Management Inc, the National Dairy Checkoff shares more about how dairy farmer dollars are being used to fund projects looking at ways to utilize different parts of milk left …
 
Finding unique gifts for someone special, or for someone who has everything can be tough on the shopper! This weekend, you have a chance to actually enjoy shopping and give gifts with a real Wisconsin flair. The 3rd Annual Something Special From Wisconsin(SSfW) Holiday Market is happening Saturday and Sunday at the Johnson Creek Elementary School, …
 
Harvest is wrapping up in Wisconsin and now begins the preparations for 2023. Steve Nicholson, the global sector strategist for grains and oilseeds at Rabo bank, shares more about the latest economic analysis on the status of US Corn and soybean harvest and factors impacting the global commodities outlook for 2023. See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
Promoting U.S. red meat to the rest of the world is the job of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. That work continues even during geopolitical unrest and supply chain disruption. Dean Meyer is the new chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. He’s also a farmer himself out of Iowa raising pork, beef, corn and soybeans. He says strong exports are c…
 
Dairy exports are up and 2022 is on pace to be a good year for dairy despite some challenges. U.S. Dairy Export Council’s CEO Krysta Harden gives Mid-West Farm Report an update on what's happening in the dairy export and trade space. She says that while there may not be new trade deals underway, the Council continues to work to open up new export o…
 
The art of handling cattle is just that - an art. Working with the next generation of meat processors and how they're handling animals is key to consumer trust, and compliance. Charitee Seebecker visits with Kurt Vogel from UW-River Falls about a pilot project their starting focused on humane handling of animals in the meat processing industry. If …
 
There may still be a few lone corn fields standing in Wisconsin, but for the most part, harvest is complete. Lucas Clayton, District Sales Manager with Wyffels, visits with Pam about some of the final results they've compiled from Wisconsin farm fields. He also starts focusing on 2023 and what conversations need to be happening now! See omnystudio.…
 
Agriculture organizations are hard at work making sure Congress has a handle on what is going to be essential for the industry in the next Farm Bill. Andrew Bailey is the science and technology counsel for the National Pork Producers Council, the lobbying arm for pork producers. He has his nose to the grindstone with new Congress members as farm po…
 
There's been major changes to Wisconsin's UW-Extension service. Bob Bosold talks to UW-Extension Dean, Karl Martin and Heidi Johnson, Director of UW-Extension Agriculture Institute about these changes and why they were made. Wisconsin's DNR Secretary's retiring this week and UW-River Falls has announced a new dean joining campus effective June 23rd…
 
Interest rates have been scrutinized all year, especially the shorter-term loans that flash the largest hikes compared to years past. Darla Sikora joins Mid-West Farm Report to describe what's happening today with interest rates and agricultural spending. She sits on the Wisconsin Bankers Association Ag Bankers Board. And she’s the senior vice pres…
 
Five years ago Beverly Hampton Pfeifer and her husband Coleman Pfeifer started a pretty unique business. Today Premier Animal Logistics hauls domestic and exotic animals across the United States. Beverly says despite growing up on a dairy, having exotic animals around was a way of life for her and launched her into their current hauling business. B…
 
There's still some corn standing in Cooper Humphries territory. He visits with Pam Jahnke about where things stand. Humphries is also very impressed with two Wyffels hybrids that are showing why the company stays focused on one product. Even with challenges like corn rootworm, Wyffels stands tall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information…
 
What are the benefits of grazing livestock? When will interest rates come back down? Will plant-based beverages win out over fluid milk? We cover it all on a Monday morning. Extension Specialist Randy Jackson says Wisconsin is making an effort to increase grazing. Grassland 2.0 underscores the importance of grazing and grasslands to ensure clean wa…
 
UW-Madison grad student and researcher Kaylee Riesgraf says she finds value in the Dairy Innovation Hub because it connects the research to the farm. And the upcoming Dairy Summit is one of the ways anyone can see how the state's investment is making a difference in the industry. Riesgraf, who earned her undergrad at UW-River Falls, will be present…
 
The Dairy Innovation Hub is at work for Wisconsin dairy producers – and the third annual Dairy Summit will prove it. The Dairy Innovation Hub will showcase its investments and research at the Nov. 16 Summit at UW-River Falls. This free, public event will be held in person on campus with live stream and on-demand options. Professor Steven Kelm is th…
 
Supporting and recognizing farmers and agriculturists has always been a priority for Culver's. They strive to create programs that do just that while also benefiting FFA chapters which are the future of the agriculture industry. Alison Demmer, Public Relations Manager at Culver's, shares more about their new farmer appreciation program, To Farmers …
 
John Lucey, Director of Center for Dairy Research, speaks with Pam Jahnke about the innovations they're helping develop for dairy based products in the beverage aisle. Lucey says that dairy has a tremendous advantage over plant based beverages if people just look at the components involved. He says while dairy offers natural components for things l…
 
The "buy local" movement continues to find momentum in Wisconsin. Jill Welke visits with the operator of the Caledonia Market outside of Portage. This market has proved to be a connecting point between farmers that want to market, and consumers looking for farmers. With transportation still creating problems for movement of Wisconsin grain, Sen. Jo…
 
Jeff Kratochwill crosses the state of Wisconsin working to connect under-served farmers and veterans, with available resources that can help restore some normal tempo to their lives. As Director of FARM & Vocational Services, Jeff hires, trains and supervises the Technical and Program Assistants, Rural Rehabilitation and SES Specialists, and HelpLi…
 
From your farm to Antarctica - the tools being used to predict weather patterns are the same. Carrie Mess visits with UW Meteorologist, Matt Lazzaro, about what trends they're noticing. The harvest might have slowed down due to weather, but interest in equipment is still red hot. Ashley Huhn with the Steffes Group visits with Pam Jahnke about an up…
 
With Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza still popping up in Wisconsin, bird owners are still nervous about their birds being infected. Pam Jahnke talks to Bill McFarlane from McFarlane's Pheasants in Janesville. They're the largest pheasant producer in North America and all their birds are outside. Bill McFarlane says he's still nervous about what c…
 
There are currently three important grant programs that open to different factions of Wisconsin agriculture and agribusiness. Sen. Joan Ballweg, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committe, says that dairy processors, agribusinesses working on breaking into the international market and private citizens and business owners with rural wells should all b…
 
The third annual Dairy Innovation Hub Summit is headed to UW-River Falls mid-November. Mitch Breunig, dairy farmer and chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub board, talks with Pam Jahnke about summit highlights. With the changing weather, more and more Wisconsinites start thinking about gun deer season. Charitee Seebecker talks to Zach Haas, Creek Botto…
 
As the harvest continues in Wisconsin, more and more data's being collected on hybrid performances. Steve Quade, District Sales Manager with Wyffels Hybrids, has been very pleased with the side by side results they've pulled so far. He chats with Pam Jahnke about harvest conditions and some of the best performers, so far, from the field. See omnyst…
 
Today’s economy has created some challenges to expanding broadband, but more projects will soon be underway. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has awarded nearly $125 million to 71 projects statewide in 2022. The most recent round of broadband expansion grants was announced this summer. Bug Tussel Wireless is getting more than $20 million …
 
The diesel supply chain is getting tight – and agriculture is feeling the sticker shock as harvest continues this month. Diesel is expensive due to high demand and lesser supply. Jason Schwantz is the senior vice president of refined fuels at CHS. He shares more about where diesel prices are going, but first explains why supply is so tight today. S…
 
A first of its kind program, the Humane Handling Institute, will provide comprehensive hands-on training for current meat industry workers in humane pre-slaughter handling, transport, stunning, and equipment maintenance. Kurt Vogel, Humane Handling Institute Director, shares more about what the institute is, why it is needed, and how to be involved…
 
Today we’re looking at what’s happening in the food supply chain between the farm and the grocery store. Ryan Dietz is the president and co-owner of Heartland Produce. They distribute produce to grocers and processors in the Upper Midwest – about half of their business is in Wisconsin. The food comes from all over the world right to their facility …
 
Both the state and federal governments are putting money into the meat processing supply chain through education programs and expansion grants. Justin Corman is the general manager of Wilson Farm Meats in Elkhorn. He tells Mid-West Farm Report he’s looking forward to the high school meat science curriculum to be offered statewide this spring to boo…
 
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