Wisconsin briefs: 3 injured in tractor parade crash

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Youth tractor and machinery training dates set 
Wisconsin Law requires that any youth less than 16 years of age be certified to operate a tractor or machinery on public roads–even if working for a parent or guardian.

In addition, federal law prohibits hiring or even allowing any youth under the age of 16 to participate in any hazardous work activities, including operating tractors over 20 PTO horsepower, unless the youth has a training certificate or is working on a farm owned and operated by his or her parent or guardian. 
A tractor and farm machinery safety certification program which satisfies both Federal and State requirements will be held at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station on from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., June 20, 21 and 23. 

Youth participating in this course will receive classroom instruction and supervised tractor driving experience.  

Students must be at least 12 years old to enroll and must attend all training sessions and complete written and driving examinations in order to be certified.

Pre-registration is required. There will be a $20 fee for the course. 

To pre-register for the training, contact Lorraine Toman at the Spooner Area Ag Agents UW-Extension office at 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914. Please provide the name, address, telephone number, and date of birth of the youth to be certified.  


Landmark Donates $4,000 to Local Children’s Summer Lunch Program 

Landmark Services Cooperative donated $4,000 to the Norski Nibbles summer lunch program. This donation will allow the program to purchase fresh, healthy produce from the local farmers market and incorporate it into the children’s daily lunches distributed at multiple locations. 
The idea behind DeForest’s volunteer-led Norski Nibbles program began in 2013 as a collaborative effort between local businesses and churches to combat hunger over the summer months when school is not in session. The program began as a way to feed children 18 and younger who participate in the free and reduced lunch program during the school year. 

“This additional support from Landmark, this additional investment in our community, means we get to expand our reach throughout the DeForest area,” commented Jenna Homburg, manager of the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market. “Not only does this generous gift increase access to nutritious, local foods for those who need it, but it also increases awareness about the sustainable community concept and model. This program bridges the gap for children who need and deserve access to healthy, locally sourced foods during the summer months.” 

For more information on Landmark Services Cooperative’s programs, contact Chrissy Long at chrissy.long@landmark.coop or 608-819-3126. 


3 injured in tractor parade crash

Authorities say three people were hurt when a tractor crashed into spectators at a parade in southwestern Wisconsin.

WISC-TV reports that the accident happened Sunday, June 11, when the tractor rolled over into a crowd at the Canoe Festival parade in Darlington.

Rural Medical director Bridget Schuchart says one person had significant injuries, but it is unclear whether they are life-threatening. She says another person had moderate injuries.

All three injured people were taken to Memorial Hospital in Darlington.


Tours provide clear picture of latest water quality practices

UW Discovery Farms and Professional Dairy Producers have teamed up to provide a clear picture of the latest water-quality practices.  Participants can tour businesses, farmer-led watersheds and more and be part of open dialogue with a diverse group of stakeholders committed to preserving our most precious resource.   

Two dates are offered: June 21 in Marshfield and June 22 in River Falls.

Learn about the Marshfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, see the closed loop irrigations system of Eron Agonomics and tour Mullins Cheese wastewater treatment plant. 

Bus pickup at 9 a.m.., June 21, at the WI DOT Park and Ride 710-01, South Drazler Dr. Marshfield. 

Take a walking tour to learn about River Falls' storm water best management practices, visit the Ellsworth Creamery Its bio tower, which processes food wastewater, and drive around the Dry Run Watershed. 

Bus pickup at 9 a.m., June 22, WI DOT Park and Ride 55-03, 70th Ave., Roberts.

Registration fee of $30 include bus, snacks, refreshments and lunch. Register online at tinyurl.com/y6v83ncc or by calling 800-947-7379.


DBMMC helps college-bound students with $1,000 scholarships 

Two young adults on track to be leaders in the dairy community are getting help from the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative to follow their dreams. 

DBMMC awarded $1,000 education scholarships to Eva Doornink and Kalista Hodorff. 

Doornink is a senior at Baldwin-Woodville High School in Baldwin, with plans to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities this fall to major in agricultural communication and marketing. She has been active in 4-H, FFA, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, cheerleading, forensics, student council, dance and the St. Croix County Junior Dairy Board. She plans to be involved in agriculture-related activities while in college.  

Doornink is passionate about sharing the story of agriculture and dairy farming. She hopes to explore new ways to share information, engage non-farm communities and spread the positive story of dairy. 

Hodorff, is a senior at Campbellsport High School and is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to major in dairy science with a Spanish minor. She has been active in sports, church activities, Future Business Leaders of America, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, 4-H and FFA as well as working on her family’s farm.  

Hodorff is excited to expand her knowledge and leadership skills to help reach her goal of continuing the family tradition of dairy farming.  

Students competing for the scholarships were judged on academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, academic honors, goals and aspirations, recommendations and work experience.