Ag briefs: WI cheese in spotlight on Kelly Clarkson show

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Kemps to donate 500K cartons of milk

Minnesota-based dairy company is teaming up with community partners in a campaign to provide a half million cartons of 'shelf stable' milk available only through food banks in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. 

The Giving Cow is an 8 oz. airtight carton of 2% milk that's shelf stable for up to a year. The Giving Cow Project is a campaign launched in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland and Feeding America. 

The cartons are only available via food banks or community backpack programs. But the public can support the campaign by purchasing a gallon of Kemps Select and Kemps Milk. 


WI cheese featured on Kelly Clarkson show

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin secured a segment on Kelly Clarkson’s national NBC show.

Wisconsin's finest made its appearance before an audience of over 1.9 million viewers. Hearing that Clarkson was a huge cheese fan and launching a new show, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin sent a cheeseboard to her pre-production meeting.

DFA communications director Liz Fitzsimmons said the crew fell in love after just one bite, and after months of working with Clarkson's producers, they invited them onto the show.

Fitzsimmons said the segment featured Wisconsin cheese and wine pairings with cheese expert and author Liz Thorpe. Kelly Clarkson herself announced that everyone in the audience was going home with cheese from Wisconsin!


Schlafer new President & CEO of Foremost Farms USA

The Foremost Farms USA Board of Directors announced today that Greg Schlafer will join the dairy cooperative as President & Chief Executive Officer on December 2, 2019.

Schlafer assumes leadership of the company following the retirement of Michael Doyle. Schlafer brings more than 25 years of experience in the food industry.  He most recently served as Vice President, Food Group Sales & Marketing at J.R. Simplot Company.


Agropur heads to Mexico on trade mission

A Wisconsin cheese cooperative will be heading to Mexico on a USDA trade mission with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this month.  Perdue will be joined by Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and more than 100 industry and government representatives. 

Among those companies will be Agropur US of Appleton, WI. According to the company's website, Agropur processes more than 6.1 billion gallons of milk per year at 39 locations across North America. The Wisconsin firm produces cheddar, feta, mozzarella, provolone and sticks.


Summer storm damage may impact hunting

The DNR is encouraging hunters to scout ahead this gun deer season as summer storm damage may still impede access to favorite hunting locations this fall.

Though significant cleanup has occurred, damage from the July wind storm was extensive. As a result, hunters' favorite hunting spots may be unrecognizable and inaccessible, and scouting for a new location may be needed.

In Langlade County, straight-line winds had a significant impact on approximately 1,800 acres of state-owned land, including portions of Peters Marsh Wildlife Area and the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest also sustained significant damage as did other properties in the greater White Lake and Mountain areas. Salvage timber sale establishment is in progress on both state properties.

With continued rain, access roads may be too wet to travel. Additional caution is advised as saturated ground may cause weakened trees to fall.


McDonald’s rolling out reformulated chocolate milk

McDonald’s USA says it will roll out nationwide sales of a reduced-sugar, low-fat chocolate milk in January. According to company officials, the new formulation has 25% less sugar than McDonald’s previous chocolate milk and is no longer a fat-free product.

Support for reformulation of McDonald’s chocolate milk came from dairy scientists funded through the national dairy checkoff program. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the checkoff, has had a partnership with McDonald’s since 2009, providing on-site support and other resources.