DEFOREST, Wis. — More than 125 farmers, community members and agribusiness professionals came together recently to celebrate conservation accomplishments and future projects.
“Building on success” formed the core of the Yahara Pride Farms Watershed-wide Conference on March 7.
Yahara Pride Farms (YPF) is a farmer-led non-profit organization working to improve soil and water quality. The group strives to help advance new ideas and technology that balance water quality improvement with farm sustainability and profitability. Read more here.
Growing tried and true talent in the ag sector
By Kevin Rauchholz
Tugging heavy books. Cramming overnight. Running on a lightning-fast career pathway. Balancing work, family, and school. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? These are just a smidgeon of the demands confronting today’s busy college students.
For students in Fox Valley Technical College’s (FVTC) agriculture programs, reaching the end of the higher education grind comes with a few checks and balances. Those checkpoints of success often include robust internship experiences and hands-on field activities, which in turn contribute immensely to the college’s impressive graduate employment rates year in and year out. Read more here.
Dairy farm’s conservation efforts recognized
By Leah Call
After more than a decade of implementing conservation efforts at Brickstead Dairy in Greenleaf, Wis., fifth-generation farm owner Dan Brick feels optimistic about the land he will someday pass on to his three sons.
“I know my kids are going to have a tough time taking over the farm—hopefully we kind of turned the ship around, improving things going forward,” Brick said. “I can say I gave it my best effort to give my kids the opportunity to farm.”
Last December, Brick’s efforts were recognized when he received the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award, founded by the Sand County Foundation and presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association. Read more here.
Understanding the truth about eggs
Eggs are receiving more attention than ever before. Whether it’s a question about nutritional value or the living conditions of chickens, consumers are looking for answers. Midwest Agriculture Almanac took some common questions to egg experts – they do exist – to find the answers.
Why do some eggs have different shell colors? There is no discernable nutritional difference between eggs with white shells and eggs with brown shells. Brown eggs tend to have more omega-3 fatty acids, but the difference is miniscule. There’s also no difference in yolk or taste. Read more here.
Baldwin: Fairness for our farmers
By Senator Tammy Baldwin
Wisconsin’s dairy industry is a key driver of our state’s agricultural economy and a core part of our rural communities.
Our dairy farmers work every day to ensure that their milk meets high standards for nutritional value and quality. Unfortunately, imitation products have gotten away with using dairy’s good name for their own benefit, taking advantage of the effort our farmers put in with none of the work. Mislabeling of plant-based products as “milk” is unfair and hurts our dairy farmers. Read more here.