Sheboygan Falls dairy farm of new board member will host
When members of the state policy board for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) meet on Tuesday, Sept. 10, their agenda includes a trip to the Sheboygan Falls dairy farm of one of the new ag board members.
Dean Strauss of Sheboygan Falls, who joined the board in May, is managing partner of Majestic Crossing Dairy, an operation with 1,900 dairy cows and 3,000 acres dedicated to growing alfalfa, corn, wheat, and soybeans.
Strauss is past president of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and previously served on the Wisconsin Beef Council board. He now serves on the Executive Board for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and is chair of the Dairy Policy Committee for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
In 2011, four families that had been dairy farming in the area for generations, including the Strausses, decided to come together to form the new dairy entity.
The partnership has allowed them to support all four families as well as expanding their sustainability efforts and continuing to invest in the local community.
The ag board tour will take place at the farm, located at N5854 Meadowlark Road, Sheboygan Falls, beginning at 8:30 a.m. No official business is expected to be conducted during the tour.
The board's official meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the Blue Harbor Resort, 725 Blue Harbor Drive, Sheboygan. The first order of business on the agenda is to hear from the public.
Public appearances are on the agenda at 11:05 a.m. giving members of the public a chance to talk to the board about subjects that concern them.
Then the board will consider a final draft of a rule package from the Trade and Consumer Protection Division that regulates fair labeling and packaging; selling commodities by weight; gasoline advertising and other issues.
Also to be considered during the board's morning session is a final draft of a rule on the Soil and Water Resource Management program.
In the afternoon the board is scheduled to hear from Rory Rhinesmith of the Department of Transportation (DOT.)
Rhinesmith, who is deputy administrator in the DOT's highway division, chaired a special study group on farm implements.
He has also been in charge of a series of town-hall meetings with farmers and town officials on the issues related to larger farm implements.
These "Implements of Husbandry" recommendations from his task force as well as the recent town hall meetings with farmers will be the subject of his report to the board.
Later the board is slated to hear a report from Russ Rasmussen of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the state's Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Board members will each then give an individual report followed by DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel's report.