Agriculture Archives for 2017-11

Community Supported Agriculture provides Kewaunee County residents with fresh produce



 

By Kent Berkley




Folkvangr Farms is a sustainable farming venture which offers fresh produce to local buyers and members of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project it operates.  The CSA is a "farm share" in which members buy shares of the yearly harvest at the beginning of the growing season and then partake of the produce at various times throughout the year.  The contents of the distribution boxes contain different items as determined by seasonal harvest cycles.  Karen Knudtson, co-owner of the venture, says the advantage of eating fresh produce from a farmer with whom the member has a personal relationship is beneficial on multiple levels.

 

 



 

 

 

Folkvangr Farms is currently located in Algoma, but is in the process of relocating to another Kewaunee County location near Luxemburg.  Persons interested in becoming members of the CSA can do so by visiting the Folkvangr Farms website found at http://www.folkvangrfarms.com/.

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Marathon hearing for five farms' waste permit hearing planned for November 28 in Luxemburg


By Tim Kowols




Five confined animal feeding operations will have their day in front of the Department of Natural Resources and the communities they live in to discuss their pollutant discharge permits. Dairy Dreams, Seidl's Mountain View Dairy, Kinnard Farms, Sandway Farms, Wakker Dairy Farm will all have their permits reviewed by the DNR, with the latter three including plans of herd expansion. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says many different factors go into the attendance and the length of public hearings regarding waste discharge permit renewals, with some attracting dozens of people and going for hours. Luft wishes they would have spread out the hearings over the course of a few days.

 



 

The quintuple farm hearing on the operator's waste discharge permits will take place November 28 inside the Exhibition Building at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds at 10 a.m.

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Kewaunee County farmer, activist testifies in front of Congressional committee


By Tim Kowols




Kewaunee CARES founder Lynn Utesch took to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Friday to speak as a witness to a proposed bill concerning protections for farmers. Under the Farm Regulatory Certainty Act being discussed in the Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, an agricultural operation actively working with the state or Environmental Protection Agency could not have a suit filed against them by a citizen. Utesch testified against the act, stating it does not hurt small farmers as much as it protects polluters.

 



 

One of the bill's authors, Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington, testified that he created the legislation "to encourage farmers to be proactive stewards and create a climate to reinforce farmers' ability to trust that as they work with regulators, their efforts to address stewardship issues will result in outcomes that benefit the environment" and not in third-party lawsuits.

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Kewaunee County moving and looking forward with liquid manure ordinance


By Paul Schmitt




With the Kewaunee County Board moving forward with this week in approving the Waste Irrigation Ordinance to better control manure spreading in the county, hopes are that the reached compromise will bode well for both farmers and the environment in the future.   Board member Lee Luft, who also serves on the Groundwater Task Force and Land & Water Conservation Committee, says important safeguards were maintained in the ordinance for safe manure irrigation.

 



 

Luft says a slight reduction in the allowable wind speed was also kept intact.  He believes all-in-all the changes to streamline the ordinance were good while preserving the needed protections for proper waste irrigation.

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Area apple orchard owner's work is not done yet


By Paul Schmitt




Apple Orchard Owners just completed the final harvest of apples in the area and now look to change gears.  Steve Wood from Wood Orchards in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay says November is a transition time from harvesting to orchard maintenance.

 



 

Wood says this year's apple crop finished better than expected considering the extremely wet conditions this past summer.  According to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week, over 116,000 tons of apples were harvested already this year.

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