Wisconsin: Beginning farmers encouraged to return survey

The Wisconsin Beginning Farmer Survey is in the mail, and Wisconsin ag department officials encourage producers to fill it out and return it. The confidential information collected from these surveys will be used to develop programs to serve beginning farmers.

The survey was mailed to those who indicated they were a beginning farmer on their 2012 Census of Agriculture. The four-page survey includes questions about how you began farming, details on the current farm and future goals. There are also questions about what resources are currently the most useful.

The survey is due Feb. 20. For more information about the survey, contact DATCP’s Mike Bandli at 608-224-5136 or Mike.Bandli@wisconsin.gov


WMMB nominations sought

Wisconsin dairy farmers interested in serving the state’s dairy industry and shaping its future are invited to submit a nomination to represent their district as a Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) director. Elections will be held in 9 of 25 districts. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 21.

To qualify, a nominee must be an active dairy farmer who sells milk into commercial channels and lives in the represented district up for election. Each potential candidate must acquire at least five signatures from active dairy producers within the district, submit a completed nomination form, and have the "Affidavit of Eligibility" certification requirement notarized. 

Producers can visit www.wmmb.com/elections for more information about director responsibilities and the election process.

Producers who are interested in serving as a director can contact Noel Favia at (608) 224-5140 or Noel.Favia@wisconsin.gov for a nomination form or access an electronic copy at www.wmmb.com/elections.


Purdue agronomists seek collaborators for on-farm trials

Two Purdue Extension agronomists are seeking farmers to collaborate in on-farm, field-scale research trials to study corn plant populations and nitrogen management.  

Corn specialist Bob Nielsen and soil fertility specialist Jim Camberato have been studying corn yield response to nitrogen fertilizer in field-scale trials for 8 years, and plant populations for 13. READ MORE


Minnesota Dairy Day at the Capitol – March 5

Have you been negatively impacted by Minnesota’s sales tax on ag equipment repair? Are you concerned about the competitive disadvantage your dairy faces compared to dairies in surrounding states? Do you have a story to tell lawmakers that will better the dairy business climate in Minnesota?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, plan on sharing your experiences with legislators and government officials at Dairy Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 5. 
Minnesota Milk Producers Association members will be participating in a variety of activities, from small group gatherings with legislators, to a meeting with Governor Dayton, to committee hearings and a reception. MMPA is exploring charter bus transportation from southeast Minnesota and north central Minnesota.

To register or find additional information go to www.mnmilk.org/dairyday.


IDP annual meeting is March 13

The 2014 Indiana Dairy Producers (IDP) annual meeting will be held Thursday, March 13, in conjunction with the 2014 Livestock Forage and Grain Forum. It will be held at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

The  2 p.m. meeting will include election of new board members, announcement of 2014 Outstanding Dairy Producer of the year awards, and more. Keynote speaker will be Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

There is no cost to attend the IDP meeting only. However, the Livestock Forage & Grain Forum is a minimal registration fee of $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, great information and networking opportunities.

For forum registration and additional information, click here.