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Sargento recalls its cheese for possible contamination

Wisconsin- based cheesemaker Sargento Foods Inc. is recalling some cheese because of possible bacterial contamination.

Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, IN, notified Sargento that it supplied the company with a Longhorn Colby cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocyctogenes. No illnesses have been reported.

The recalled products are 6.84-ounce packages of Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby with sell-by dates of April 12 and May 10, 2017, and 8- ounce packages of Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese with sell-by dates of June 14 and July 12, 2017.

Out of caution, Sargento is also recalling the following products because they were packaged on the same line as the affected cheese: Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese, 12 oz., UPC 4610000109 with "Sell By" date of "11JUN17B"; Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese, 12 oz., UPC 4610000108 with "Sell By" dates of  "12JUN17B", "09JUL17B" and "10JUL17B"; Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040002 with "Sell By" dates of "H14JUN17", "F28JUN17" and "D28JUN17"; Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040014 with "Sell By" date of "F05JUL17"; and Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040076 with "Sell By" date of "F05JUL17".

No other Sargento branded products are affected by this recall. The products were packaged at the Sargento plant in Plymouth, WI, and were distributed nationwide.

Consumers can check if their product is affected by the recall by visiting and using the "Product Check" tool. or call 800-243-3737.


AWA hosts Rally to Fight Hunger

The Association of Women in Agriculture at UW-Madison (AWA) and Alpha Gamma Rho-Iota (AGR) will be partnering with Kids Against Hunger-a humanitarian food organization-with the goal of packaging almost 50,000 meals for hungry children worldwide.

Kids Against Hunger aims to eradicate hunger and partners with community groups allowing volunteers to package food bags. Each bag includes a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice meal that only needs boiling water to prepare.

The event, which will be taking place on February 18th, will bring together 116 students from the agriculture community on the UW-Madison campus as well as agriculture members from surrounding areas.


Thousands protest Milwaukee sheriff's immigration crackdown

Thousands packed the streets on Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic south side to protest the sheriff's plans to crack down on illegal immigration.

With Mexican and American flags flying, the crowd Monday made its way into downtown Milwaukee and the county courthouse.

Latinos and others from at least 12 cities across Wisconsin traveled by bus to be part of the march. They are opposed to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's plan to enroll his deputies in a federal program that allows them to act as immigration agents. Hispanic families say they are being profiled as a whole community.

Alma Varela-Zbichorski of Milwaukee says she doesn't want deputies to take on another role as agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The demonstration was organized by Voces de la Frontera, a Hispanic advocacy group.


Workshops to help Hmong, new farmers expand

Hmong farmers and beginning growers can learn during a set of free workshops how to sell their produce to schools, hospitals and other large institutions.

The workshops are organized by local Hmong cultural groups and the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The events are intended to help Hmong and new, non-Hmong agricultural growers get access to “institutional” markets in Wisconsin such as elementary, middle and high schools.

The workshops will provide information about connecting with local supply chains such as processors and distributors, and to large-volume buyers beyond farmers markets, including schools, early childhood programs and hospitals.


McFarlane Mfg. celebrates 100 years

McFarlane Mfg. Co. is “kicking-off” the celebration of their 100 Year Anniversary this week at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. The company has a series of events planned over the next several months to not just mark the occasion but also to thank their customers, partners and team members.

Earl McFarlane brought an industry to his family and Sauk City when he started the Wisconsin Tractor Company in 1917. McFarlane started designing and building his own harrows during the 1930’s because he saw a better way. Grandson and Vice President Stan McFarlane says that while equipment manufacturing has rapidly grown over the last three generations, the family tradition continues today as it has since 1917.

To keep pace with the increasingly complex business environment of the 21st Century, new product development has been the key to the company’s success over the past century and that will be even more imperative going forward.

The Quadra-Till Ultimate One Pass Fall Tillage Tool and the Incite® 5000 Universal Tillage® Tool are the most recent examples of Team McFarlane’s ability to successfully introduce not just new tools, but new product categories as well.

In keeping with that 100 Year reputation as an innovator in the industry, McFarlane Mfg. is introducing the HDL-1100 Series Harrow Cart in Louisville. It features a new, updated design, that is now more reliable and user friendly than ever before, to create the ultimate seedbed with a single pass.