Ag briefs: 83 year old WI farmer dies in farm accident

Wisconsin State Farmer


Illinois meat supplier sending 1,200 jobs to New Mexico

An Illinois meat supplier has chosen New Mexico for its first out-of-state expansion, bringing more than 1,200 jobs to a border community.

Stampede Meat and Sunland Park city officials touted the expansion Friday, saying it will make the protein processing company one of the biggest manufacturers in the state. 

Stampede says it is investing more than $36 million to take over a facility previously occupied by Tyson Foods.

Since Tyson left in 2015, city economic developers have been trying to remarket the site. Gov. Susana Martinez says the expansion will “bring new life and new jobs” to the community. 


Man found pinned under manure spreader on Wood County farm

An 83-year-old man was pinned underneath a manure spreader in Wood County Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened just after 1:30 p.m. on a farm in the 3000 block of Gaynor Avenue in the Township of Seneca, according to a press release from the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

The man was still trapped under the manure spreader upon arrival, the sheriff's department said. First responders were able to free the man from the spreader and get him to a landing zone for the Life Link III helicopter.

The man was airlifted to Marshfield Medical Center. His condition is still unknown.


Meijer spring Simply Give campaign generates $3.5 million

The Meijer spring Simply Give campaign set a record with more than $3.5 million in donations for food pantries throughout the Midwest, making it the most successful campaign in the program’s history.

The spring success includes a record $1.1 million donation to the program during the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving.

“We are pleased that participation in the Simply Give program continues to grow because it truly makes a difference in the communities we serve,” she said. “We are committed to helping end food insecurity in the Midwest and are thankful for the continued support from our generous customers and team members.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. Since then, nearly $41 million has been generated for food pantries.

The program runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.


Farms get USDA money to help launch new product lines

A pair of Maine farms is getting a boost from the federal government to launch new product lines.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants are going to Fredrikson Farm in South China and Goronson Farm in Scarborough. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree, a farmer herself, says the program helps rural businesses succeed and add workers.

Frederikson will use a $224,863 grant to expand production, marketing and sales of goat's milk cheese. Goronson will use a $3,750 grant to produce a business plan and conduct a feasibility study about selling organic fresh and hard apple ciders.


Cow breaks Connecticut farm worker's jaw

A worker at a Connecticut dairy farm was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw after being head-butted by a cow.

Seth Bahler, owner of Oakridge Dairy Farm in Ellington, tells the Journal Inquirer the 23-year-old man suffered the injury at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday when a cow swung its head and hit the man in the face.

The victim was flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The man's name was not made public, but Bahler says he is a local resident who has worked at the farm for about five years. He called it a "freak accident."

The 2,900-acre Oakridge Dairy Farm is the largest dairy farm in the state with 2,400 cows that produce 25,000 gallons of milk a day.