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Leading Wis. dairy farmer remembered

John Pagel

By MAA
Wisconsin’s dairy community, family and friends are mourning the death of Kewaunee County dairy farmer John Page, his son-in-law and their pilot following the crash of their airplane late Thursday in rural Indiana.
Pagel and his family operate Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, a farm with more than 5,300 cows and 100 employees, and the Cannery Public Market in downtown Green Bay. Pagel also represented the Town of Casco on the Kewaunee County Board, president of the Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and a founding member of the Dairy Business Association. Read more here.

Farm Discovery Center opening in July

By CJ Krueger
MAA
MANITOWOC, Wis. — After eight years of planning and dreaming, the vision set forth by a committed board of directors, staff and volunteers will become a reality when the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center (Farm Wisconsin) opens its doors this summer.
Melissa Bender, director of education and programming for Farm Wisconsin, said the state-of-the-art interactive center located south of Manitowoc will open July 28.
“Farm Wisconsin is a unique opportunity (for visitors) to learn about Wisconsin’s rich farm history,” she said. Read more here.

Wis. Jersey named one of the best ever

By MAA
KAUKAUNA, Wis.  – Musqie Iatola Martha — a well-natured Jersey cow living in northeast Wisconsin — has officially solidified her reputation as  one the greatest bovines alive.
Possibly one of the greatest, ever.
The American Jersey Cattle Association, the organization that officially determines the overall quality of the cow, has upgraded Martha to the elite EX-97 score, making her only the seventh Jersey in history — and the only one currently alive — to reach that pinnacle. There is no higher score. Read more here.

Wausau sewage dump shows media, environmentalists have it out for farmers

Courtesy of WSAU TV

By Dan Ellsworth
Wisconsin Water Alliance President
On Jan. 23, the City of Wausau piped 3.7 million gallons of raw, untreated human feces and waste directly into the Wisconsin River. Was this by accident? No. It was by design, as the waste was routed directly to the river by the city’s sewerage system after a pipe leading to the wastewater treatment plant was plugged. Everything worked according to plan. As city officials alluded to afterward, the waters of the Wisconsin River actually were the perfect solution to the problem, as opposed to allowing sewage to back up into some Wausau homes. Read more here.

Growing exports vital to dairy industry’s success

Patrick Flood Photography

By MaryBeth Matzek
MAA Editor
MADISON, Wis. — The key to the dairy industry’s success lies in exports as the world’s growing middle class seeks to add more dairy to their diet, according to milk marketing experts who participated in a panel discussion Jan. 18 at the Dairy Strong conference at Monona Terrace.
Panel moderator Mike North, who is president of the Dairy Business Association, kicked off the discussion by pointing out an estimated 15 percent of milk produced in Wisconsin is exported to other countries. Read more here.

FVTC develops the next generation of ag leaders

By Randy Tenpas
For MAA
To quote Vince Lombardi, “Leaders are made; they are not born.” So it is true when it comes to Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. How ironic that one of the leading industries in Wisconsin is comprised of leaders who excel in both technical and soft skills. In other words, ag professionals are both doers and communicators.
That’s the case with Dan Verhasselt, vice president of sales for Ornua Ingredients North America, a manufacturer of pasteurized process cheese products. He serves on the leadership team at Ornua’s 110,000-square-foot plant in Hilbert, Wis. Read more here.

Study: Quarter of U.S. jobs tied to agriculture

By MAA
More than a fifth of the U.S. economy and a quarter of American jobs are either directly or indirectly tied to the food and agriculture sectors, according to a new study commissioned by industry groups.
The study estimates that more than 43 million jobs and $1.9 trillion in total wages are linked to the two sectors, which contribute some $894 billion in taxes. The food and agriculture sectors together account for $146 billion in exports, the study found. Read more here.