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?