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Barn destroyed in Fond du Lac Co. blaze

Though a fire destroyed a barn in the township of Calumet Sunday evening, no people — or a horse that lived there — were injured in the blaze.

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office, and the Calumet Fire Department were called to a barn fire at W1446 Highway HH, east of Pipe. The barn was primarily used for storing hay and wood. No one was injured in the fire, but officials consider the barn a complete loss.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it does not appear suspicious, according to a release. Nearly two dozen agencies from surrounding areas assisted at the scene of the blaze.

This is the third fire in Fond du Lac County in the last 30 days that destroyed farm property. Two machine sheds and their contents were destroyed in a fire on Dec. 17 on Lost Arrow Rd., south of Fond du Lac, while a horse died in a barn fire on Jan. 5 on a farm near Brandon.


United Cooperative's scholarship program expands eligibility

United Cooperative's Scholarship Program awards $1,000 scholarships to 40-50 high school seniors and current college/technical school students who are continuing their full-time education in 2017-2018.

"This is the first year scholarships will be made available to students going into their second, third or fourth years of their education," said David Cramer, United Cooperative President and CEO. "We've given more than $217,000 in scholarships the last eight years to high school seniors, but saw an opportunity in 2017 to include awards for students who are already enrolled at a college or technical school and are continuing their education." Scholarship applications are available at www.unitedcooperative.com. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.

At least 10 of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in an agricultural field, at least 10 will be awarded to students attending a technical school, and at least 10 will be awarded to current college or technical school students who are continuing their full-time education in 2017-2018.


2017 Sausage Class, Feb. 13

Dodge County UW-Extension (UWEX) educator, Bonnie Borden along with UW-Madison Meats Lab Specialist, Jeff Sindelar are offering a “hands-on” workshop to teach participants how to make different types of sausage and will be answering your questions about processing and recipes. Participants will take home about five pounds of products. Sampling and sharing ideas is part of the fun. This year’s products are Ring Bologna, Hot Italian, and Chorizo sausage. 
This class is first-come, first serve and limited to 50 participants. The $25 per person class fee is non-refundable. There are no discounts if registering more than one person per family. After class is full, you will receive a confirmation letter via USPS with additional details, about 7-10 days before class.

To register, complete a registration form and return with payment to Dodge County UWEX Office, 127 East Oak Street, Juneau, WI 53039. Registration forms are available online at http://dodge.uwex.edu.

For more information, contact Bonnie Borden, Dairy & Livestock Youth Educator at the Dodge County UW-Extension office at 920-386-3790, visit the Dodge County UW-Extension website at http://dodge.uwex.edu/ or connect with us on Facebook.


Ag Center receives $100,000 donation

The proposed Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center in Manitowoc County received another hefty donation last week, this time from the Stecker Machine Company.

The Manitowoc-based machining facility stated that it will donate $100,000 toward the state-of-the-art agricultural facility that will educate the public about the ag industry. Stecker Machine Company also has ties to the ag industry as it manufactures parts for agriculture along with parts for the trucking and construction industries.

Kim Kowieski says the capital campaign WAEC has just passed the $11 million milestone and is approaching its construction goal of $13 million.


Duffy sponsors bill to delist wolves

This month, Congressman Sean Duffy got behind a bill that would remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act. The WIsconsin legislator supports returning the management of the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolves back to the state to control.

A public outcry ensued when management of the animals was transferred from the state government to the federal level following a pair of U.S. District Court decisions in 2014. Duffy says these designations have left farmers and ranchers without any legal options to protect livestock from problem wolves.


WI Farm Bureau recognized for excellence

State Farm Bureaus were presented awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention held in Phoenix. The awards recognized excellence in implementation of outstanding member programs and membership achievement in 2016. Wisconsin Farm Bureau earned Awards for Excellence in the following categories: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Benefits; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications.