Wisconsin Briefs: 2 killed in farm accidents

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WI woman among winners of Facebook contest

Tammy Wiedenbeck of River View Farms (grain and beef producer) and her family are seventh generation farmers from Lancaster, Wisconsin. They are winners in the Alltech “My Farm. My Future.” Facebook contest which offered producers the opportunity to create a video that shared their farm’s story and their plans for the future for a chance to win a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky, May 21 - 24.

They believe in educating the next generation of the farm through experience, hard work and technology to ensure their legacy, their farm and their future. You can watch their video on Facebook.

Registration is now open for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky from May 21 - 24. The annual international conference draws more than 3,000 attendees from nearly 80 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas.

For more information or to register, visit


Men killed in farm machinery accidents

A Clark County man was killed in a farming incident, according to the sheriff's department.

WAOW reported that officials were called to a farm in Green Grove around 7:30 p.m. May 4 after a valve blew off a liquid manure pump and struck Jason Lindner, 24, of Greenwood in the face.

Lindner was found with critical injuries and wasn't able to be revived , the sheriff's office said.

A 64-year-old man was killed on May 5 after a tractor ran over him in Marathon County, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

The incident occurred outside a home on Blueberry Road in the town of Frankfort around 4:30 p.m. May 5.

Both incidents remain under investigation.


WI Ag in Classroom program hosts training

An action-packed classroom training for teachers and volunteers will be offered by Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom on Thursday, July 6. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas including home school parents and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

The day will begin at West Madison Research Station with a tour and presentation on gardens, research and plantings. Participants will take away new ideas to incorporate into their school gardens and plant projects.

Educational resources will be presented by staff from the Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Dairy Council, Wisconsin Beef Council and Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers. All the groups have Pre-K through high school resources relating to various subject areas. Ag in the Classroom staff will showcase new materials offered on a state and national level along with American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture educational programs.

The day will end at the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research Station where participants will learn about soil science, turf management and related career options.

For more information, contact the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Coordinator at 608-828-5644 or To register for the event, visit and click on the ‘What’s New’ icon.


May Pasture Walk hosted at Kling farm

The Coulee Grazier Network will hold a pasture walk at 12 p.m. on Thursday,May 11 at the Nathan and Karen Kling farm, W15503 Kelly Rd, Taylor.

The Klings are in the process of transitioning their 250 cow dairy to organic production. They have been working to increase pasture acreage for cows and heifers. Construction of the lanes and watering facilities will be part of the discussion for the pasture walk.

A light lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Nate Kling at 715-662-2600 or Steve Kling at 715-662-5053.


Landmark to build new commodity facility in Fall River

Landmark Services Cooperative broke ground on a new project that will allow for expanded market opportunities for quality feed commodities.

This new construction in Fall River will neighbor the Landmark Services Cooperative grain facility and will capitalize on the Canadian Pacific rail line spur already on-site. Once the storage and truck loading facility is complete in late summer or early fall, the commodity storage facility will accommodate up to 4,000 tons of bulk commodities. The new facility will provide storage and loading for a consistent offering of high-quality, competitively priced feed products.

One of the main draws of the project already market tested by Landmark in conjunction with the grain storage on-site is canola. As a result of genetic improvement, canola is more consistently available than it has been in the past and is highly desirable in dairy rations due to its amino acid and protein properties. The benefit of this new commodity storage facility according to Doug Grothaus, Landmark’s raw materials and nutrient systems manager, is, “being able to capture opportunities and understanding when opportunities are looking you in the face.”

Based on market research, it is estimated that there are 1 million dairy cows within a 2-1/2 hour radius of the Fall River location, making it an ideal location to maximize its value to surrounding dairies and the current greenspace location.

Farms that are interested in learning more about commodity opportunities are encouraged to contact Grothaus .