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Ranchers in three state get grazing assistance due to wildfires

Ranchers in three states affected by wildfires have been given a temporary suspension of grazing restrictions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on April 4 authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

The agency says wildfires in Kansas burned about 630,000 acres with estimated livestock losses of between 3,000 and 9,000 cattle. About $36 million worth of fencing was also destroyed.

In Oklahoma, nearly 390,000 acres burned and the livestock loss was estimated at 3,000 head of cattle. Structure losses were estimated at $2 million with fencing losses at $22 million.

Texas ranchers lost at least 3,000 cattle and 1,900 swine when some 550,000 acres burned.


Report examines alternatives for controlling problem wolves

An environmental assessment of proposals for managing human-wolf conflicts and wolf depredation on livestock in Minnesota recommends that federal officials continue using a combination of lethal and non-lethal methods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program released the 225-page report for public comment April 6.

The report also looks at the impacts of using only non-lethal methods for dealing with problem wolves, and of the federal agency withdrawing from wolf damage management in Minnesota.

USDA Wildlife Services is taking comments through May 22.


1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX tops auction sales  

More than 400 tractors crossed the auction block in front of a record-breaking crowd of nearly 5,000 attendees at the Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic auction held March 30 - April 1 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center.

The exceptionally rare 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX dominated the top-sellers list at $140,000. This “comfortractor” was designed to be used in the field during the day and driven to town at night.

In addition to tractors, nearly 300 signs and farm relics were offered at the Spring Classic. The John Deere single-sided wood smalt paint sign topped the road art sale hammering at $20,000. This unique, very early John Deere advertising sign is the only one like this that Gone Farmin’ has ever offered.


UW-Extension Farm Management Seminar set for May 5

Northeast Wisconsin farm managers, ag lenders and other ag industry professionals are encouraged to attend the annual UW-Extension Farm Management Update for Ag Professionals on Friday, May 5 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

Topics include cropping profitability, grain marketing, manure storage safety update, cover crops and soil health, prevalence of hairy heel warts in dairy herds, and opportunities and challenges for ag finance.

Cost, including the noon meal, is $40 per person. Registrations should be sent to the Waupaca County UWEX Office, 811 Hardin Street, Waupaca, WI 54981.

For more information, or for special any specials needs or accommodations, please call 715-258-6231.  The registration deadline is Friday, April 28.


Trees for Tomorrow reintroduces summer workshops 

Trees For Tomorrow, an accredited natural resources specialty school, is accepting applications for its “Intro to Field Investigations” summer teacher workshop geared toward fourth – eighth grade educators interested in developing skills and strategies to encourage students to get outside and explore as part of their classroom learning.

This four-day workshop at the Trees For Tomorrow’s campus will introduce the benefits of outdoor learning through science-based field investigations. Two date options are available: June 26 - 29 or July 17 - 20. Participants will learn skills and gain knowledge in forestry, wildlife, and natural resources management.

The workshop cost is $180 and includes four days of instruction, materials, resources, lodging, linens, and homemade meals. Undergraduate and graduate credits are offered through the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. In addition, there is an opportunity for a $50 stipend for projects implemented into the classroom. Participation is limited to 20 educators for each workshop.