Agriculture Archives for 2018-02

Sustainability film looks at agricultural impact and future solutions


By Paul Schmitt


The Door County Environmental Council along with Kewaunee CARES will present a free film this Thursday on sustainability and the practices of past and future farming.   The film called "Searching for Sustainability" focuses on the degradation of water and land resources that has taken place on the agricultural landscape in the past seven decades.  Lynn Utesch, a member of Kewaunee CARES, Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship, says the film hones in on important concerns found in this area.

 

 

Farmers look ahead to spring planting with winter planning


By Tim Kowols


Despite snow still covering some fields, farmers are already focused on the planting season ahead. Economics and fertility needs are just some of the factors to be considered when deciding which crops are planted where. Rio Creek Feed Mill General Manager Andy Barta says their business is helping farmers sort through the "what-if" scenarios.

 

Revised NR-151 rules could lead to new Kewaunee County ordinance


By Tim Kowols


Some Kewaunee County residents are hopeful the board will pass an ordinance allowing local officials to enforce new manure handling rules once they are signed into law. The practice is already being done in Door County, known as Chapter 23, which gives local law enforcement and the land and water department to enforce the manure handling rules known as NR-151 themselves rather than call in the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Justice when there are violations. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee Chairperson Chuck Wagner says they have been balking at doing the same thing in the county until new, stricter NR-151 rules passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

2018 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm hosts to commemorate 150 years of operation


By Tim Kowols


The Knorn family will welcome thousands to their farm in Casco once again as the hosts of this year's Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm. The Junion Homestead Farm will celebrate 150 years of operation in 2018, 20 years after the Knorn family last welcomed visitors to the annual breakfast event. It was Peggy Knorn's relatives that started the homestead in 1868, and she is excited to show the community how it has grown.

 

Peninsula Pride Farms celebrates progress on goals, look to future during annual meeting








By Tim Kowols















Peninsula Pride Farms reflected on the positive momentum they started in year two of the organization during their annual meeting held in Luxemburg Tuesday. Over 100 people attended the event that focused on how agriculture and conservation can work hand in hand and provided updates on the organization's two demonstration farm networks. Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles was encouraged by the numbers present for the presentations, in particular young farmers and those with no agriculture background.

At the end of the meeting, Peninsula Pride Farms reiterated their support in a statement for changes to the current NR-151 manure handling standards, recognizing "that scientific research shows the need for additional attention to the issue." The group also expressed their concern for smaller farms in the area that may not be able to stay in business due to the proposed restrictions.

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Peninsula Pride Farms celebrates progress on goals, look to future during annual meeting


By Tim Kowols


Peninsula Pride Farms reflected on the positive momentum they started in year two of the organization during their annual meeting held in Luxemburg Tuesday. Over 100 people attended the event that focused on how agriculture and conservation can work hand in hand and provided updates on the organization's two demonstration farm networks. Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles was encouraged by the numbers present for the presentations, in particular young farmers and those with no agriculture background.

 

UW-Extension gets early start on pest management through workshops


By Tim Kowols


The UW-Extension office wants farmers to be proactive with the possible causes for damaged and underperforming crops through a series of workshops beginning February 6. Experts in insects, weeds, soil, and diseases will host the two-hour workshops to help farmers identify the issues and use best practices to take care of them. With crop prices continuing to tumble, Door County UW-Extension agriculture educator Annie Deutsch says the workshops are crucial, especially when it comes sporadic pests like insects.

 

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