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Duffy receives cranberry growers industry award

U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) has been awarded the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA) Board of Directors’ [WSCGA] Service To Industry Award. The award is the highest recognition provided by WSCGA.  

“I’m honored to receive WSCGA’s Service to Industry Award because cranberries are not only delicious, but they are also a critical part of Wisconsin’s economy. Wisconsin is the number one cranberry producer in America, and I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that it remains on top for years to come,” Congressman Duffy said.


Century and Sesquicentennial applications sought

Applications for the 2017 Century (100 years) and Sesquicentennial (150 years) Farm & Home are available at the Clark County UW-Extension. Application materials may be picked up and submitted at the Clark County UW-Extension Office at 517 Court St., Room 104, Neillsville, WI. Those interested may also find materials online at http://clark.uwex.edu/century-farm-application/. Applications are due by March 1, 2017.


“AgVocate of the Year” award nominations due Jan. 6

Nominations are open for the 2017 AgVocate of the Year award, to be named at the Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit held on March 10-11, 2017. Women nominated must actively and positively promote agriculture in their community and examples of their advocacy efforts must be captured in the application submitted. To nominate a deserving woman, download the application at wiagwomenssummit.com. Applications are due Jan. 6.

Nominated individuals must reside in Wisconsin and must be part of an agriculture enterprise, agribusiness, farm and/or commodity organization that operates in Wisconsin. The 2017 AgVocate of the Year will receive $500 cash and $500 donated to the agriculture charity of her choice, sponsored by The Fabulous Farm Babe, Pam Jahnke. Past award winners include: Deb Reinhart (2016), Nodji Van Wychen (2015), Laura Daniels (2014), Karyn Schauf (2014) and Daphne Holterman (2013).

For more information contact Rochelle Ripp Schnadt at 608-370-6908 or Deb Raemisch at 608-828-5712.


DBA invests $50,000 gift to WAEC

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is supporting the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center by investing $50,000 in the Create. Educate. Cultivate. capital campaign to build this new educational and agritourism destination.

“With people becoming further and further removed from farming, it is critical that we find ways to connect them to where their food comes from,” said Gordon Speirs, a dairy farmer and president of the DBA. “The center will provide an excellent way to demonstrate how farmers do what they do.”

A key educational theme within the WAEC will focus on Wisconsin as America’s Dairyland. Within its hands-on learning experiences, the center will put an emphasis on the dairy community in Wisconsin, which is home to 9,400 dairy farms and contributes $43 billion each year to the state’s economy. Tours of a dairy farm will be offered and visitors will have the chance to watch the birth of calves at the center.

In recognition of DBA’s leadership gift, an exhibit within WAEC’s Discovery Center will be named in its honor. With this recent gift, the WAEC is at 82 percent of the $13 million capital campaign goal.


Toy show set for Feb. 5

31st annual Central Wisconsin Toy Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, Marshfield Sr. High School Fieldhouse. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 10-17 and free for those under 10. Dealer charges are $10 per table and may be set up between 6 and 9 a.m. the day of the show. For more information, contact Mark Vornholt at W7152 Tree Rd., Neillsville, WI 54456 or call 715-743-7152.