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Woodland topics featured at Forestry Field Day

Woodland owners are invited to attend a forestry field day on Saturday, Oct. 1 that will be staged mainly at an Ice Age Trail Alliance property in southwest Manitowoc County.

Attendees will gather by 8:30 a.m. at the Schleswig town hall, 21935 Rockville Road at the east edge of Kiel, for an overview on management of forest property. A bus will take them to the nearby property for a series of presentations.

In the first presentation, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forest products specialist Scott Lyon will describe the current markets for wood. Then Scott Neuman, the operations manager at Integrity Lawn Service and Supply, will discuss how to deal with invasive specie plant populations.

When and how to thin and otherwise manage a pine forest will be the topic for Andy Noth, a DNR forester assigned to Manitowoc County. Current forest health problems will be reviewed by Bill McNee of the southeast DNR district office at Plymouth.

The harvest options in oak woodlots will be outlined by consulting forester Don Peterson. A return to the town hall for a lunch and general discussion of the field day and other relevant topics will conclude the day.

There is a $10 fee per person for the field day. Register by sending the payment to Glacierland RC&D, 1353 West Highway US 2, Suite 2, Crystal Falls, MI 49920, by sending an e-mail to office@glacierlandrcd.org, or by calling 920-465-3006.


Mount Calvary woman wins $5,000 in landscaping

When Maggie McCullough of Mount Calvary, first learned about the possibility of winning $5,000 worth of landscaping through American Transmission Co.’s Grow Smart® Sweepstakes  she didn’t think about winning; she entered to get a free garden kneeling pad that was offered for each household’s entry. “I never thought we’d actually win,” she said. But McCullough was the lucky winner, and now an entire new area of landscaping is being installed at the Mount Calvary home she shares with her husband, Steve.

ATC held the Grow Smart Sweepstakes as a way to continue educating the public about its Grow Smart program. The program helps property owners and communities identify low-growing, beautiful vegetation that can be planted the smart way – a safe distance from transmission line rights-of-way.

The sweepstakes targeted property owners who have an ATC easement, and who also had vegetation management work performed by ATC on their property in 2015. Eligible households were notified through a postcard mailing earlier this year that they could enter to win $5,000 in landscaping for their property, as well as a two-hour personal consultation with horticulturist and gardening expert Melinda Myers to discuss ideas and visions for what could be done with the landscape (including compatible, low-growing species and other Grow Smart options).The winner was drawn at random from more than 65 entries.

This summer, the McCulloughs met with Myers and representatives from Stuart’s Landscaping and Garden Center of Fond du Lac to discuss best practices and Grow Smart compatible plantings for their yard. The McCulloughs chose to landscape an area close to their house that is common to many homes: a steep incline with an exposed, walkout basement. But they also wanted to make sure the landscaping was complementary to other areas on their property.

Stuart’s Landscaping developed a landscape plan for the McCulloughs that features terracing and native vegetation similar to that in the established prairie on their property. The landscaping work will take place (weather permitting) at the McCullough’s home on Sept. 14 and 15, 2016.

“The McCulloughs are really modeling what Grow Smart is all about,” added Myers. “Investing time up front to create an appropriate and beautiful landscape pays off with years of beauty and less ongoing maintenance. On behalf of the Grow Smart program, we congratulate them.”

To learn more about ATC’s Grow Smart program, go to:  www.atc-GrowSmart.com.


PDPW unveils 2016-17 calendar

The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is committed to bringing dairymen and the industry the tools they need to enhance their businesses. The next year’s educational program and event calendar is packed with the educational events and elite training opportunities that are key to assisting dairy farmers and industry professionals alike in strategically managing their businesses for success.

As their longest running and core event, the 2017 Annual Business Conference will mark the 25th Anniversary of PDPW. It is scheduled for March 15-16 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisc. and will once again feature industry leading speakers and panels along with hands-on learning opportunities. The National Dairy Leaders Coalition and the Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ will also be held in conjunction with the Annual Business Conference.

Along with these core educational events and programs, the calendar also includes the increasing popular Youth Leadership Derby for teens, World Class Webinar Series focused on industry relevant events, a Food and Policy Summit that will bring together dairy farmers and food system leaders and a variety of other tours and meetings focused on educating the dairy community and beyond.

To learn more about any of these above highlighted events and to view the full 2016-17 PDPW Educational Program and Event Calendar, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.