Agriculture Archives for 2017-03

Area Dairy Farmers Less Optimistic As Milk Prices Remain Lower Than Projected In 2017

By Paul Schmitt

Flat milk prices so far this year has left some area dairy farmers less optimistic about the 2017 outlook.   With initial estimates calling for a possible $2 increase for this year, Rich Olson from Olson Family Farm and a member of the Ag Advisory Board says the market has been flat in the first quarter of the year.



Olson says the upward swing in milk prices in 2016 has stalled and that the slight increase in supply and the less than optimum demand has kept prices at or below $18 per hundredweight.  The good news for dairy farmers is that the demand for cheese and other dairy-related products remain strong, according to Olson.

Ag Sciences Building Providing Memorable Experiences For Kewaunee Students

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee School District is providing unique opportunities for its students and the entire region with its new agricultural sciences building. Part of the $15.2 million referendum plan that has seen its campus undergo several changes, Kewaunee's agricultural sciences building brings farming and gardening straight to its students. District superintendent Karen Treml credits agriculture teacher Randy Charles and the school's Future Farmers of America club with providing a special experience for its students.



The agricultural sciences building plays a big role in the planned Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy, which allows students from Kewaunee County's three school districts to take courses at each other's campuses in specific areas.

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Farmers Need To Plan Ahead For Succession As Well As Upcoming Planting Season

By Paul Schmitt

Finding the right way to keep the family farm going another generation can be challenging.

Farmers should look at a succession plan as being as important as looking ahead to the next planting season, according to Attorney Stacy Vogeltanz of Ross Estate Planning in Sturgeon Bay. Vogeltanz says a farm should be treated like a business.



Vogeltanz says an important conversation to start with family members is to see if any of the siblings have an interest in continuing the farm.

Questions regarding the purchase or inheritance of the family farm estate should be addressed as well.  Answers to those and other questions are not required before seeking consultation with an estate planning attorney, according to Vogeltanz.

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days Hopes To Keep A Family Focus

By Tim Kowols

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days committees are hoping to make their three-day event as family friendly as possible. In addition to free admission for kids 12 and under, committees like Family Living are scheduling entertainment and hosting an educational booth for people to learn more about farming and Kewaunee County. Family Living Committee co-chairperson Judy Malcore says special arrangements are also being made to make it comfortable and stress-free for families attending.


Farm Technology Days will take place July 11 to 13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.


Youth Providing Valuable Input For Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days

By Tim Kowols

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days being held in Kewaunee County will tread new ground this summer with youth playing a role in planning the three-day event. In addition to the youth committee, kids are helping plan and execute ideas other groups hope to accomplish when over 45,000 people are expected to visit. Kewaunee County 4-H Youth Development Educator Jill Jorgensen says the event is continuing a great tradition of youth and adult partnership.



As a result of its own success, Youth Committee Chairperson Tasha Schlise says upcoming Farm Technology Days in Wood and Jefferson Counties have added similar groups to their planning efforts. Kewaunee County will host Farm Technology Days from July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.

Maple Sryup Starting To Run In Northern Door County

By Paul Schmitt


Maple syrup producers in Door and Kewaunee County are starting to tap into the harvest this week.  Recent temperatures of warmer days and cooler nights have helped start the sap flowing, according to Deb Staats of Country View Farms near Carlsville.  Staats expects the running of maple syrup to last a few weeks but there is no exact time frame.



The Staats family has been operating Country View Farms and harvesting maple syrup for almost 60 years. A Maple Syrup Fest will be held at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Madison on Sunday, March 26 from 1-4pm.

Farmers Finding Tranisitioning Operations To Next Generation To Be Difficult

By Tim Kowols

Farmers are getting older as money and interest in the field continue to be obstacles for transitions to future generations of family members. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer is 57 years old, a number that is only increasing with each passing month. Paul Wallace, Jr. is in the middle of taking over ownership of his parents' 100-milking cow operation in Forestville. As he slowly buys the cattle and equipment, Wallace, Jr. says he is seeing the struggles many families face when it comes to passing farms down from generation to generation.



Wallace, Jr. says he wants his two high school-aged children to make the decision for themselves on whether or not they would like to take over the farm in the future.  Wallace Dairy Farm will be hosting the Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm June 11.

Cows Struggling With Fluctuating Temperatures

By Tim Kowols

The fluctuating temperatures in recent weeks have been not good for human or bovine populations. After a couple days near 0 degrees with the windchill, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures to hit as high as 51 on Monday. That is bad news for Haberli Farms owner and Ag Advisory Board member Mark Haberli, who says he has had to take extra precautions to make sure his herd does not get sick and force him to use antibiotics.



Haberli says he has had cows with pneumonia in facilities that never experienced such issues in the nine years he has owned the farm.


Farmers Play the Waiting Game as Planting Season Approaches

By Brady Haupt

The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing for local farmers. As winter begins to draw to a close, farmers are beginning to make their first steps toward a successful season. Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels and a member of the Ag Advisory Board, says that now is the time to start thinking about what the upcoming year holds.



In spite of what has been a mild winter in the area thus far, Wautier doesn't believe planting season will be affected.

Dairy Farmers Looking For Milk Prices To Stay Up After Two Tough Years

By Paul Schmitt

Dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee County are optimistic that milk prices will continue the upward trend that began last year.  Milk prices that fell as low as $15 per hundred-weight the past two years have bounced back nicely, according to Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels and a member of the Ag Advisory Board.



Wautier says dairy farmers will likely wait for stability in milk prices before investing in new equipment on the farm.  The USDA lowered its milk production forecast for 2017 as slower growth in cow numbers more than offsets slightly higher growth in milk per cow, according to dairy

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