WI farmer-led conservation group debuts in LaFayette County

By MAA

A group of farmers in western Wisconsin launched the Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance (LASA) in late August.
LASA will identify and promote conservation practices that demonstrate continuous improvement in farming methods that protect water quality.
The farmer-led, nonprofit organization, sets forth three main responsibilities: protecting natural resources, empowering members to continuously improve and giving the public an inside view of farming practices, said Jim Winn, a dairy farmer from Wiota and chairman of the new group.
“All of us in the community share in the responsibility of protecting the quality of our water. As farmers, we realize and accept our role,” he said.
Sixteen farmers, representing 23,000 animals and 56,000 acres of farmland, already are on board. Members include crop farmers, beef farmers and a pig farmer. The farms are of all sizes and types, including one organic dairy.

WI Farm Technology Days a success in Algoma

By CJ Krueger
MAA

ALGOMA, Wis. – Kewaunee County hit a home run in mid-July with its first turn as host for Farm Technology Days.

Held at Ebert Enterprises near Algoma – just two miles from the shore of Lake Michigan – the event brought more visitors to the 60-acre Tent City than the county’s population of more than 20,400 citizens over its three-day run, said Kristy Pagel, FTD publicity chair.

“We were excited to learn the first day of the show attracted more than 10,000 visitors, the highest attendance on day one in several years,” she said.

Farm Technology Days is designed to showcase the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research.

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