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Healthy soils topic for winter workshop

Nationally known Natural Resources Conservation Service agronomist Ray Archuleta will be the featured speaker at a workshop on soil health on Friday, Feb. 10 in the fire hall at Waubeka (W4121 Center St.) in Ozaukee County.

In two sessions of two hours each, starting at 10 a.m., Archuleta will give presentations on how “Healthy Soils Make Healthy Profits.” A free lunch will be served during the noon hour.

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The mid-winter workshop is sponsored by the farmer-led Milwaukee River Watershed's Clean Farm Families group, the Ozaukee County Land and Water Management Department, and the Fund for Lake Michigan.

Persons who plan to attend are asked to register by calling Andy Holschbach at (262) 284-8271 or Jim Melichar at (262) 206-1731. They could also send an e-mail to aholschbach@co.ozaukee.wi.us or to jpmelichar@gmail.com.


NCWCA Preview Show, May 13

The North Central Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association invites the public and those raising beef or wanting to learn about beef production to the Beef Round-up on Saturday, May 13, at Brecke Rodeo Arena, W7939 Hwy 64, Medford. The Round-up will be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New this year, the NCWCA Beef Preview Show will be held in conjunction with the annual Round-up. All students within or out of Wisconsin planning for upcoming fairs and shows are invited to participate.

The NCWCA Preview consists of Jackpot Showmanship for students ages 8 to 22, a Junior Market Steer Show, and an Open Heifer Show (for both youth and adults). $200 grand champion steer and heifer and $100 reserve grand champion steer and heifer are being awarded.

Gates to the NCWCA Preview will open at 7 a.m.; check-in and weigh-in closes at 9:30 a.m. A Showmanship Clinic begins at 9 a.m. The Preview begins at approximately 12:30 p.m, with Jackpot Showmanship immediately following the conclusion of the NCWCA Seed stock Sale.

For more information visit ncwcattlemen.com or call Sandy Stuttgen, Agriculture Educator, UW-Extension Taylor County at 715-748-3327 ext 1.


Three directors re-elected to corn promotions board

Wisconsin’s corn growers have re-elected three directors to the industry’s market order board. Re-elected in District 1 is Randall Woodruff, Chippewa Falls; District 2, Thomas Gills, River Falls; and District 7, Ken Rosenow, Oconomowoc.

The three directors will serve three-year terms starting February 1, 2017.

The nine-member Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board is responsible for overseeing the collection and use of about $1.7 million in assessment fees paid by Wisconsin corn growers. The money is used to support the industry through research, market development and consumer education.


FFA Farm Toy, Craft Show set for March 12

More than 40 farm toy vendors and at least 40 vendors of other crafts and products are anticipated for the 23rd annual farm toy and craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at New Holstein High School.

The event, sponsored by the school district's FFA Alumni chapter, will also feature a children's pedal tractor pull in the early afternoon and a silent auction for a custom barn. The admission fee is $3 for everyone age 9 and above. Attendance prizes will be awarded and meat sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information or to reserve one or more of the 275 display tables to be set up for vendors, call 920-795-4776 or 920-960-8817 or check at www.Facebook.com/FarmToyCraftShow.


Manufacturing group offers trade mission to Cuba

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is offering its first-ever trade mission to Cuba this spring, and is seeking interested attendees. The all-inclusive trade mission will take place April 3-6, 2017, and will offer an opportunity for AEM member companies and other trip participants to explore business opportunities in Cuba as its economy becomes more open to foreign business.

The trip will cover several issues of interest to equipment manufacturing companies, including: identifying market opportunities for their products and services in Cuba; establishing key contacts with Cuban Ministries and Cuban companies involved in importation, procurement and distribution; learning about commercial and political hurdles for conducting business in Cuba; gaining an understanding of financial transaction rules and regulations; onsite visits and learning how to craft a business proposal unique to the Cuban market.

Participants must register by Feb. 17 to secure a spot. To learn more contact Alex Russ at aruss@aem.org or 202-898-9006.