Midwest briefs: Deere acquires German company

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Deere acquires German company

John Deere will pay almost 45 billion to buy Germany's Wirtgen, a maker of pavers, compacters and other machinery used in road construction. The Moline, IL -based Deere & Co. says the deal will help its construction business expand internationally. Wirtgen's machines are used to lay concrete and asphalt for highways and roads, crush large rocks and flatten roads after hot asphalt has been laid down. Deere says it plants to keep Wirtgen's brands, employees and its 


Summer Horticultural Field Day set for June 8 
The University of Illinois, along with the Illinois State Horticulture Society and Christ Orchard will be hosting their annual summer horticultural field day on June 8 at Christ Orchard, at 4321 N Texas Rd. in Elmwood with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

U of I Extension faculty will discuss a number of crops, including apples, pumpkins, sweet corn, mums, and more.

Optional afternoon tours include the Christ Orchard cider production and cold storage facilities and the Kickapoo Creek Winery. 

The event is open to the public. 
Registration is $27, and lunch is included. Register at picatic.com/ilhortday2017.

For more information, contact Aaron Graham at 217-359-5565 ext. 28, or ilsthortsoc@gmail.com. 


Land O' Lakes seeks entrepreneurs for dairy accelerator program

Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced the launch of its Land O’Lakes Dairy Accelerator, on May 23, a program that will provide support and mentorship to food entrepreneurs who want to grow and drive innovation in the dairy products space.

The Land O’Lakes Dairy Accelerator is looking for United States-based entrepreneurs passionate about moving their companies to the next level. The company must utilize dairy as a primary ingredient but can use any aspect of dairy including but not limited to: yogurt, cheese, whey or other milk-based proteins or ingredients. However, new innovations cannot focus on butter.

Eligible companies should have sales of approximately $200,000 over the last 12 months. Participants will have access to personnel and seminars focusing on finance, brand building, manufacturing, sales, distribution and leadership development.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to present their proposals and new business ideas to Land O’Lakes, Inc. leadership. Participants will receive a $25,000 stipend that will cover the cost of travel to required program sessions.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. CDT July 8, 2017. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified in early August. More information can be found on the website. 


DNR board OKs reducing fall buck-only zones 

The state Department of Natural Resources' board has signed off on a fall deer hunt structure that scales back the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks for a fourth straight year. 

The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire County as buck-only. The designation protects does so they can give birth and grow area herds. The DNR's board passed the structure on a unanimous voice vote. 

The board designed 19 counties as buck-only in 2014, 12 counties in 2015 and 10 counties last year. Fewer buck-only counties each year is a sign the statewide herd is growing. DNR officials say a series of mild winters has helped bolster the herd. 


Drought advances in North Dakota

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly 25 percent of North Dakota is in a moderate drought.

North Dakota State Climatologist Adnan Akyuz says as drought conditions worsen in some parts, they are developing or showing early signs of drought in other parts of the state. After completing the ninth wettest six-month period, which ended in February, the precipitation pattern started to change, he added.

The entire state is showing less than average precipitation during the last three-month period. Portions of central and south-central North Dakota received only 25 to 50 percent of normal precipitation during this period, and even less in some areas.


Wirch earns conservation award

Sen. Robert Wirch has been named Wisconsin Wildlife Federation's Conservation Legislator of the Year.

The Kenosha Democrat is a longtime member of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and has spearheaded efforts to conserve state wetlands, an advocate for reducing mercury emissions into state waterways and a crusader for the state's Stewardship Fund.