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Wisconsin dairy leader, 2 others killed in plane crash

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.

Steve Witcpalek

In addition to Pagel, his son-in-law Steve Witcpalek and pilot Nathan Saari were also killed in the crash.
“John was a cherished friend and visionary leader who helped create the cooperative and its sister organization, the Dairy Business Association. John was a champion for the dairy community who worked tirelessly to put farmers in a position to succeed,” according to a statement from the Edge.
The Pagel and Witcpalek families issued a statement Friday thanking the community for its support and asked for privacy as they wait for additional information.

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Musqie Iatola Martha achieves Jersey cow greatness

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.
The decision culminates a historic, three-year run in international show cow competitions during which Martha was named a three-time consecutive Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Supreme Champion, two-time World Dairy Expo Reserve Supreme Champion as well as WDE Supreme
Champion. Continue reading “Musqie Iatola Martha achieves Jersey cow greatness”

Study: Yogurt may lower cardiovascular disease risk

By MAA
There’s more good news when it comes to yogurt as part of a healthy eating pattern and improved heart health. A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed that eating two or more cups of yogurt a week is associated with a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults who already have high blood pressure.
The large-scale observational study, funded by the dairy-farmer-founded National Dairy Council (NDC) and others, is the first of its kind to examine the relationship between eating yogurt and reduced CVD risk in hypertensive adults. Continue reading “Study: Yogurt may lower cardiovascular disease risk”

WI couple wins National Outstanding Young Farmers Award

By MAA
Sam and Jenn Zimmerman from Ringle, Wis., received a National Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
The Zimmermans operate On-Q Holsteins, where they raise 164 milking cows and 180 Holstein heifers on 450 acres. The use of genetic testing, embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization and the use of sexed semen, have allowed them to isolate the “elites” in their herd and grow the genetics very quickly. This has produced cows scoring excellent, a recent Dam of Merit, 2016 progressive genetics award winner from the Holstein Association and five embryos being exported to France.
The other three national winners were: Robby and Stephanie Bevis from Arkansas, Ian and Val Plagge from Iowa and Nick and Sunny Cummings from Ohio.

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center on track for July opening

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. Continue reading “Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center on track for July opening”

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. Continue reading “Wausau sewage dump shows media, environmentalists have it out for farmers”

Midwest Rural Energy Conference set for next week

By MAA
The 56th annual Midwest Rural Energy Conference will take place in La Crosse, Wis., on Feb. 15-16.
The Midwest Rural Energy Council hosts the conference to provide education and research on rural energy issues to benefit farmers and other rural energy consumers, suppliers, organizations and agricultural trade associations, electrical equipment and allied industries  and government regulatory agencies. Continue reading “Midwest Rural Energy Conference set for next week”

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center opening date set

By MAA
Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will officially open July 28, just south of Manitowoc on Gass Lake Road northwest of the Interstate 43 and County C intersection.

Planning for the center started in 2010. The $13 million attraction is a world-class, interactive discovery center that will focus on the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture within a framework of sustainable and responsible farming practices.

“Only 2 percent of Americans produce food for the other 98 percent of us,” said Julie Maurer, Farm Wisconsin board president and a Manitowoc County dairy farmer. “Wisconsin has a rich agricultural heritage.” Continue reading “Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center opening date set”

Time to give Wildeman her fair due

Anna Wildeman

By MaryBeth Matzel
MAA Editor

It’s time for a pop quiz.
An up-and-coming professional woman — boasting a top-tier education, impressive credentials and a track record of ethical decision making — is appointed to a key position in state government. Two words often associated with her are “leadership” and “accomplishment.”
You’re a journalist (older, white and male) and you’ve been asked to write a story about her. For the record: You don’t live under a rock. You’re aware of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sweeping the nation, demanding an end to the “toxic masculinity” that has dogged women in all fields.
Do you …
A) Write an objective story, featuring voices of colleagues, peers and people who know her best — both as allies and adversaries — including an acknowledgement of the achievements this woman has accomplished on behalf of the citizens in her state?
B) Gather and highlight the voices of her enemies, questioning her ethics and openly insinuating that she may not be qualified for the position, in part, because she is married to a man who you suggest would exercise undue influence on her professional conduct. Continue reading “Time to give Wildeman her fair due”

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. Continue reading “Growing exports vital to dairy industry’s success”