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Dairy Strong details come into focus

By MAA
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Dairy Strong — one of the Midwest’s premiere conferences for the dairy community — will be held Jan. 23 and 24 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis.
Dairy Strong 2019 will bring together more than 700 farmers, corporate professionals and government and university representatives to explore the future of an integral part of the culture and economy of Wisconsin and the nation. Read more here.

Breakfast at the Barn features
Kim Bremmer

Kim Bremmer

By MAA
Manitowoc, Wis. — The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will host the second Breakfast at the Barn on Jan. 29 featuring a presentation from Kim Bremmer of Ag Inspirations.
The doors will open at 7:25 a.m. with the breakfast buffet starting at 7:30 with Bremmer’s presentation starting at 8.
Breakfast at the Barn is an agriculture educational event that will be held six times a year.  At each breakfast, Farm Wisconsin will feature a different dynamic presenter that will focus on a variety of topics in the agriculture industry.  Read more here.

Lab honoring Dairy Cares opens

By MAA
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has launched the Dairy Cares of
Wisconsin Simulation Lab, a state-of-the-art training facility that will allow medical professionals to learn and sharpen their skills.
The Milwaukee-based, 2,000-square-foot lab marks a milestone for Dairy Cares, a non-profit organization that has raised more than $1 million for Children’s in the eight years since its inception. Read more here.

FVTC’s combine simulator brings harvest to life

By Jason Fischer
Fox Valley Technical College
Practice makes perfect, at least near perfect, in an industry that assumes uncontrollable factors like weather and related seasonal uncertainties.
A new combine tractor simulator at Fox Valley Technical College, donned in unmistakable John Deere green and yellow, is a virtual ride through any farm field and field condition. The simulation gives agriculture students from five different programs at FVTC another high-tech learning tool. Housed in the Service Motor Company Agriculture Center on the Appleton, Wis., campus, the technology creates an authentic experience of being inside a tractor combine, making this type of practice far from boring. Read more here.

Stapel adjusts to Co-op’s presidency

By Jesse Cameron
MAA
It is hard to imagine, but 10 years ago Brody Stapel, the current president of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, was not involved in the dairy industry.
Like many kids, Stapel admitted he could not wait to get off his family’s farm near Howards Grove, Wis., and head off to college and beyond – including living in New Zealand. “I wanted nothing to do with the family farm,” he said.
But times – and opinions – change and Stapel told his wife, who was pregnant with their first child, that he wanted to bring his children up on a farm. In 2009, he started working with his father, Rudy, on the family’s farm, which milked 80 cows. Read more here.

Farmer-led groups focus on conservation

By Tim Froberg
MAA
No one knows the struggles, hardships and challenges that crop up daily on the farm better than farmers.
That’s why state farmers are working together on an action plan to improve agricultural and conservation practices. While there are multiple farmer-led conservation groups in Wisconsin, they all share a common goal – to protect the precious soil and water in the Badger State for themselves and future generations.
There are four farmer-led groups who have made the most progress so far and garnered the most attention in Wisconsin: Yahara Pride Farms, Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance, the Western Wisconsin Conservation Council and Peninsula Pride Farms. Read more here.

New Dairy Revenue Protection Plan aids farms

By Aaron Gransee
Investors Community Bank
A subsidized, pooled, put option is one way to think of the new Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) plan of insurance. To put it simply, insureds choose when to insure their milk, how much milk to insure, how to price their milk and whether to add a multiplier to increase any indemnity paid. That’s it.
Sales take place every business day beginning at approximately 4 p.m. and end at 9 a.m. the following day. Coverage is available on a quarterly basis and can be purchased up to five quarters out. That being said, insureds who want to insure milk during the first quarter of 2019 would be insuring January, February and March milk, meaning a three-month pool of milk is insured together, per policy written. Read more here.

Tech giant invests in ginseng industry

By Jesse Cameron
MAA
A Tawainese tech company is looking to transform Wisconsin’s ginseng industry.
Foxconn Health Technology Business Group signed an agreement earlier this fall with the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin and Hsu’s Ginseng to jointly develop Wisconsin’s ginseng industry and grow Foxconn’s Wisconsin-based ginseng brand, Hong Seng.
Foxconn is building a $10 billion manufacturing campus in southeast Wisconsin and is also investing in other parts of the state, such as opening innovation centers in Eau Claire and Green Bay. Read more here.