Ag briefs: Driver crashes milk tanker after suffering medical condition

Wisconsin State Farmer


Three new Ag Enterprise Areas to be designated in Wisconsin

Wisconsin will add another 185,000 acres in Agricultural Enterprise Areas (AEA) with the designation of three new ones, including what will be the second largest AEA in the state.

The new acreage will become official Jan. 1. Wisconsin will then have 37 agricultural enterprise areas, or AEAs, in 26 counties, 108 towns and the Bad River Reservation.  

The new AEAs will be in Trempealeau County’s Town of Arcadia; St. Croix County’s Town of Troy; and six townships in northwest Outagamie and northeast Waupaca counties.

AEAs are part of the farmland preservation program administered by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. They are intended to keep land in agricultural use and promote agricultural economic development appropriate to each area, by preserving established agricultural infrastructure — land, public services and businesses that serve farms, as well as farms themselves.  Landowners in AEAs are not subject to any new land use regulations.


Milk truck driver dies

A 56-year-old Berlin man is dead after suffering a medical condition while driving a milk truck tanker on County AS Monday afternoon.

The incident happened just after 2 p.m. on County AS just west of State 49, according to a statement from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, August A. Neubauer, was headed west on County AS when he suffered a medical condition. He lost control and the milk truck he was driving went around 40 yards into a cornfield on the north side of the highway. A passerby noticed the truck in the field and was able to call 911, the sheriff's office said.

CPR was started on the driver at the scene but he was later pronounced dead, according to the statement. The crash remains under further investigation by the sheriff's office.


Board adopts manure spreading ordinance

Kewaunee County board of supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance focusing on manure application restrictions.

During its Sept. 18 board meeting, members approved adoption of the state' DNR's NR 151 as part of the county's Chapter 39 ordinance, according to WLUK.

The ordinance prohibits manure to be spread in areas of Silurian dolomite with depth to bedrock of 20 feet or less. In 2017, the USDA's ARS reported that more than half of the wells in the county showed levels of nitrates from septic tanks leads and manure.


2 Iowa farmers sentenced to prison over bank loans

Federal prosecutors in eastern Iowa have announced prison sentences for two farmers convicted in separate cases.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old David Pitz, of Elma in northeastern Iowa, has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars for using his more than $117,000 in farm profits for personal expenses instead of paying off his USDA-backed loan. Pitz pleaded guilty in April to a count of conversion of property pledged to a farm credit agency.

In a separate case, 36-year-old Mark Laubenthal, of Bancroft in northern Iowa, has been sentenced to a year in prison for lying to his bank about how much land he was farming and how much crop he had in storage in order to secure a loan.

Laubenthal pleaded guilty in March to one count of making a false statement to a bank.


Farmers asked to file claims

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing an advisory to farmers who have conducted business with the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator of Ashby, MN.

With the closure of the elevator, the MDA is encouraging anyone who has not received payment or who had grain stored at the elevator to submit a bond claim with the Department.

The elevator, in accordance with the law, held a bond with the Department to help grain sellers and depositors mitigate any losses. The elevator closed its doors after learning the feed mill general manager had allegedly misappropriated more than $2 million from its coffers.


Man accused in theft of cattle and feed checks

A Wagner man is accused of stealing nearly $350,000 worth of cattle and feed checks.

The Daily Republic reports that Aaron Podzimek was indicted on felony grand theft charges in Charles Mix County and arrested on a warrant on Saturday.
Authorities didn't immediately provide details of the thefts they allege happened between February and July.