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MADISON

Farm Bureau helps farmers get social

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is helping farmers share their stories with the Takeover Tuesday and Ask A Farmer Friday programs.

Takeover Tuesday is the one day a week where a Farm Bureau member maintains the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Instagram and/or Snapchat account. They use these platforms to talk about their passion for the agricultural community and answer questions from followers.

While Takeover Tuesdays have been a standard social media program for WFBF, this month they will take on a special focus for dairy month.

Farmers and consumers alike can follow along with #WFBFTakeoverTuesday on Instagram as four Wisconsin dairy farmers share photos and talk about what they do daily on the farm. Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Snapchat account will also be full of activity from farmers and dairy-related activities. You can follow along by adding “wifarmbureau” on Snapchat.

MADISON

DNR could raise park, camping fees

Higher entry and camping fees could be charged at the most popular Wisconsin state parks under a budget provision approved by a legislative committee.

The Legislature's Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to allow the state Department of Natural Resources to charge higher fees for the most popular parks.

A daily vehicle park entry fee could increase for a Wisconsin resident from $8 to $13. Annual pass fees which are $28 for Wisconsin residents would not change. Camping fees could increase up to $10 a night. Fees currently range from $15 to $20 per night.

How much the increases would be and for what parks would be worked out later by the DNR.

The most popular parks are Devils' Lake, High Cliff, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Willow River.

RUDOLPH

Hetze wins Ag essay contest

Max Hetze, a fifth-grade student from Rudolph, is the statewide winner of the Ag in the Classroom essay contest.

Wisconsin fourth and fifth graders were asked to write a 100-to-300-word essay with the theme, “Tell us about cranberry production in Wisconsin during one of the four seasons.”

Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program hosts an essay contest revolving around food and agriculture. 

A total of 2,818 Wisconsin students wrote essays for the competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Insight FS and We Energies.

The finalist from each of Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s nine districts across the state received a certificate, educational resources for their teacher and presentation about Wisconsin agriculture for their class.

This year’s finalists include: Isabel Kuchta, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Fort Atkinson (District 1); Katie Gollon, Rio Elementary, Rio (District 2); Bryce Roelli, Mineral Point Elementary, Mineral Point (District 3); Amanda Isakson, Cochrane-Fountain City Elementary, Fountain City (District 4); Vivian Lucas, St. Mary’s Springs Academy, Fond du Lac (District 5); Trinity Halseth, Random Lake Elementary, Random Lake (District 6); Hailyn St. Louis, St. Anthony School, Oconto Falls (District 7); Max Hetze, THINK Academy, Rudolph (District 8) and Heather Nelson, Ladysmith Elementary, Ladysmith (District 9).

ELM GROVE

3 people hurt after ponies rush sidewalk at Wisconsin parade 

Three people were injured when show ponies pulling a wagon in a Memorial Day parade in southeastern Wisconsin rushed onto a crowded sidewalk. 

Authorities say a 9-year-old boy and a 58-year-old woman who were struck by the carriage on May 29 in Elm Grove were taken to a hospital. The boy, who is from Racine, suffered a minor cut and stomach pain. The woman, of Brookfield, suffered ankle, shoulder and head injuries. 

A 77-year-old Milwaukee man was struck by the ponies but refused to be taken to a hospital. 

Police say the ponies might have been startled by tennis balls that children threw or fireworks. 

PRAIRIE DU SAC

Culver's Scoops of Thanks raises $50,700

Culver's Scoops of Thanks event raised more than $50,700 as part of the company's Thank You Farmers program.

Customers stopped by Culver's on May 4 to donate $1 or more to local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations. Monies from the fundraiser will go towards agricultural education organizations. Scoops of Thanks Day works to support today’s farm families and the next generation of agricultural leaders.

MADISON

WI Idea Dairy Summit slated for June 19

UW System will host the annual Wisconsin Idea Dairy Summit 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 19, at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison.

UW System is dedicated to strengthening partnerships between legislators, researchers, farmers, and producers. The Wisconsin Idea Dairy Summit looks to foster dialogue and partnerships towards a more prosperous future and strengthen this vital Wisconsin industry. Experts will present the latest in research and dairy production techniques and participants will have the opportunity to discuss how the industry could look in the future.

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