Creamery gets boost from WEDC for expansion
The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces 80 tons of cheese curds a day, is getting a boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for the expansion of its facility in western Wisconsin.
The creamery, which was founded in 1910, has been authorized by WEDC to receive up to $175,000 in state tax credits for the 28,500-square-foot expansion of its plant in Ellsworth, which is known as the “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin.” The expansion project is expected to create 14 new jobs.
The expansion includes a 28,000-square-foot building that will be used for packaging of cheese products as well as additional cooler and dry storage space. The expansion will enable the creamery to purchase additional equipment needed to keep up with the growing demand for its cheese curds and cut cheese products.
“We’ve outgrown our space,” said Paul Bauer, manager of the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery in a news release. “These tax credits helped this project move forward, allowing us to expand employment opportunities and grow our market share outside of the state, both domestically and internationally.”
AWA Breakfast on the Farm set for April 30
The Association of Women in Agriculture will host their 22nd annual Breakfast on the Farm from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 30 at the Stock Pavilion located on the UW-Madison campus. In addition to a hearty breakfast, attendees can interact with farm animals, educational exhibits and enjoy live entertainment. Bucky Badger will also accompany the UW-Marching Band.
Cost is 7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens (65+) and students (K-UW), $3 for children ages 5 and under. All proceeds from the breakfast will be directed to support Rally to Fight Hunger.
Decision-ag partnership announced
Farmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, announced it has partnered with Allied Cooperative, a leading provider of agronomy, feed, grain, and equipment services to growers across 700,000 acres in central and western Wisconsin.
Now, with the all-in-one Farmers Edge Precision Solutions™ platform, Allied’s more than 2,200 customers have access to the wide range of products and services that separate Farmers Edge growers from their peers. These products and services include, but are not limited to, field-centric data collection, “boots on the ground” support, access to one of the fastest growing networks of on-farm weather stations, integrated farm management software, and a wide variety of advanced decision support tools, including Corn Manager™ – the most comprehensive corn management system on the market today.
Through this partnership, corn, soybean, potato, grain, and all other types of growers in the state will now be able to make better, real-time decisions and address the critical crop issues that impact overall profitability on the farm.
WI Ag in the Classroom awards grants
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation’s Ag in the Classroom program has awarded 26 matching grants to schools and organizations to expand agricultural literacy. Totaling $11,964, the grants will fund activities that teach students about agriculture.
Groups, schools and organizations can apply for up to $500 to support their project, provided they had a source of matching funds.
Awards of $500 went to Outagamie County Farm Bureau and Dairy Promotion: Adventures in Dairyland; Sun Prairie High School Agricultural Education: Morel Spawning; D.C. Everest 4K and St. John Lutheran School: Young Farmers; Roche a Cri School: Inquiry STEM Garden; School District of Manawa: MES Garden Project; Mequon Nature Preserve, Inc.: Three Sisters Urban Ag Vegetable Garden; River Ridge FFA: One STEM at a Time; Luck School: Ann Goldbach Garden (Harvest Garden); Ashland FFA at Ashland High School: K-3 Fall Fest – A Celebration of the Harvest; Houlton Elementary School: Growing Healthy at Houlton; Stevens Point FFA: Science Extravaganza; Agriscience Program: Agriculture Education Summer Program; Medford FFA Alumni: Bringing the Barn to School; Huey’s Hideaway Children’s Museum: Ag Exhibit; Brillion FFA Chapter: Brillion Agriculture Outdoor Learning Lab; Sheboygan County Women’s Committee: Classroom on the Farm; Walworth County Fair Barnyard Adventure: Barnyard Adventure Learning Coop; New Richmond Agriscience Department: School District of New Richmond Veggie Garden; Watertown Unified School District: Riverside Middle School Garden Outdoor Classroom and Pergola; Taylor County Farm Bureau: AG Venture tent; Northland Lutheran High School: Bees’n for a Reason.
Awards of $400 went to Merrimac Community Charter School: Barnyard and Indoor Gardens. A $334 award to Verona FFA: Day on the Farm. Two $250 awards went to Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA: Land Laboratory Food Bank Project and Laconia FFA: Laconia FFA Day on the Farm. A $230 award went to Janesville Parker FFA: Food for America.