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MADISON

USDA to collect final crop data

During the first two weeks of December, farmers in Wisconsin will receive either the December Agricultural Survey or County Agricultural Survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS is taking a comprehensive look into the 2016 production and supply of row crops and hay, which include corn, soybeans, potatoes, hay and forage crops, as well as collecting information about grains and oilseeds stored on farms.

The information provided by these surveys will be critical to farmers, analysts, and others to assess supply and demand, develop marketing strategies, promote exports, and educate consumers, said NASS Wisconsin State Statistician Greg Bussler.

The data collected from these surveys will also help set corn and soybean acreage and production estimates at the county level that will be used by the Farm Service Agency to determine 2016 farm program payments for producers enrolled in Agricultural Risk Coverage – County (ARC-CO) program.

As an alternative to mailing the survey back and to help save both time and money, the 9,000 Wisconsin farmers selected to participate will have the option to respond to the survey securely online. Farmers who have not responded will be contacted by a NASS representative who will collect the data.

Survey results will be published starting with the Crop Production Annual Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks reports, both to be released on January 12, 2017. Corn and soybean county estimates will be released in late February 2017. County level alfalfa and other hay estimates will be released in April 2017.

These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

JUNEAU

PDPW Herdsperson conference set for December

Optimizing herd performance conditions is crucial to a dairy’s bottom line, especially during challenging market conditions. For this reason, the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) brings opportunities like the 2016 PDPW Herdsperson Conference to boost herd productivity. This one-day production Conference, held December 6, 7 and 8 at three locations, will equip herd owners, managers and other key dairy professionals with the management strategies to maximize their herd’s performance.

The one-day Conference will take place in three locations beginning at 8:30 a.m. with registration and concluding at 3:45 p.m. The dates and locations include: Dec.6 – Fox Valley Technical College, 1200 E. Chesnut St., Chilton; Dec.7 – Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W Clairmont Ave, Eau Claire; and Dec.8 – Southwest Technical College, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore.

Four well-known industry experts will share the latest in research and their expertise in cow comfort, forage quality, transition cow health and reproduction. Presenters include: Dr. Heather White, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Richard Pursley, Michigan State University, Dr. Gordon Jones, independent dairy performance consultant and partner at Central Sands Dairy LLC and Dr. Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The four main sessions will address common bottlenecks affecting cow comfort and production; key forage quality benchmarks; transition cow nutrition and enhancing reproductive performance. The breakout sessions will allow participants to analyze real-farm feed test reports, review herd reports and treatment protocol for ketosis, examine case studies to identify reproductive bottlenecks and develop dry cow rations to optimize transition.

To learn more about the 2016 Herdsperson Conference and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.

WAUPUN

Be Clear, Be Heard

A Social Media Strategy is set for Thursday, Dec 1, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Foremost Farms USA, E10889 Penny Ln,Wisconsin Dells.

Join PDPW for Social Media Strategy training - the second module in a 5-part leadership series designed to enhance one's leadership skills through improved communication.  Those attending Social Media Strategy training will explore the value of an online presence and how to engage with the digital customer.  You will pick up time-saving digital management techniques and learn how to create strategic digital content.

All sessions are held in Wisconsin Dells area:

  • Dec. 1 - Social Media Strategy
  • Jan. 12 - Crisis Management
  • Feb. 16 - Effective Leadership
  • Apr. 6 - Proactive Communication

Member registration rate is $125/person/session; Non-Member registration rate is $200/person/session. Registration fee covers workshop, materials and lunch.

For more information call 800-947-7379 or visit www.pdpw.org.

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