Wisconsin dairy leader, 2 others killed in plane crash

John Pagel

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

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
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

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”

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center on track for July opening

By CJ Krueger

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”

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center opening date set

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”

Growing exports vital to dairy industry’s success

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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”

Navarro to dairy farmers: Make voice heard on immigration

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MADISON, Wis. — If Congress and President Trump do not make progress on immigration legislation before spring, Republican strategist and CNN political analyst Ana Navarro predicts it will not get done in 2018.

Navarro spoke to hundreds of dairy farmers and other industry professionals during the annual Dairy Strong conference Jan. 18 at Monona Terrace. Immigration is a key issue for dairy farmers since immigrants make up a large portion of their workforce. Continue reading “Navarro to dairy farmers: Make voice heard on immigration”

LaClare Family Creamery wins Good Food Award

LaClare Family Creamery received a 2018 Good Food Award for its Evalon and Cave-Aged Chandoka cheeses.


MALONE, Wis. — Selected on the merits of best agricultural practices and great taste, a pair of LaClare Family Creamery cheeses have won the nationally recognized 2018 Good Food Award.

The non-profit, San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation cited Wisconsin-based LaClare Family Creamery’s Evalon and Cave-Aged Chandoka cheeses at the top tier among the nation’s top cheeses.

“The 2018 Winners represent the vanguard in each of their industries, setting new standards for gastronomic excellence as well as social and environmental practices that have over time proven to be adopted by the rest of the industry,” the foundation reported. Continue reading “LaClare Family Creamery wins Good Food Award”

Dairy well-being workshop focuses on animal care


Why aren’t cows allowed to go outdoors?  Why are calves raised without social interaction?  These are just a couple of the questions that consumers have about how dairy animals are cared for.  Animal welfare continues to be critical topic for dairy producers as consumers question where their food comes from, and activists pressure food companies to influence how animals are raised. Continue reading “Dairy well-being workshop focuses on animal care”

Larson wins dairy advocacy award

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By MaryBeth Matzek
MAA Editor

MADISON, Wis. — The state’s dairy community honored an Evansville farmer for her tireless work in promoting dairy farming in her community and across the state while also maintaining a vital role on her family’s farm.

Sandy Larson shed tears when her name was announced as the Dairy Business Association’s Advocate of the Year on Wednesday night at the Dairy Strong conference at the Monona Terrace. Continue reading “Larson wins dairy advocacy award”