Wisconsin Briefs: Badgerland Financial returns $15.2M to patrons

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Badgerland Financial returns $15.2M to patrons

Badgerland Financial closed its 2016 fiscal year with good earnings, a strong portfolio and solid capital position, resulting in the cooperative’s Board of Directors declaring $15.2 million in cash patronage dividends be returned to nearly 7,000 patronage-eligible member-borrowers.

In the last 13 years, Badgerland Financial has returned more than $126 million to its patronage-eligible member-borrowers to reinvest into their farms and businesses, directly impacting local and state economies. 

“The patronage program is one of the many benefits of working with our cooperative and a knowledgeable team. Together we navigate both the good and challenging agronomic times, and together we share in the success,” said Diane Cole, CEO. 

On July 1, pending final regulatory approval, Badgerland Financial will join 1st Farm Credit Services and AgStar Financial Services in becoming Compeer Financial.


Tractor rollbar rebates still available 

Tractor overturns are the leading cause of farm-related deaths. That’s why it’s so important that each tractor has a rollover protective structure (ROPS).  

The National Farm Medicine Center can help. The Farm Center’s Wisconsin ROPS Rebate Program reimburses up to 70 percent (maximum of $865) toward the total cost of purchasing, shipping and installing individual ROPS.

More than half the tractors in Wisconsin do not have a ROPS, an operator compartment (usually a cab or rollbar) intended to protect farmers from injuries caused by overturns. In 2016 there were three tractor rollover fatalities in Wisconsin (Kewaunee, Dane and Taylor counties), according to www.AgInjuryNews.org.  

 A ROPS, when used with a seatbelt, is 99 percent effective in preventing injury or death in the event of an overturn. More than 190 ROPS have been installed since the program began in early 2013, made possible through philanthropic support from Auction of Champions. 

Farmers can register via the ROPS hotline, 1-877-767-7748 (1-877-ROPSR4U), or the national website, www.ropsr4u.com. 


CHS Larsen Cooperative awards $14,000 in scholarships 

CHS Larsen Cooperative has awarded $14,000 in scholarships. This is the seventeenth year they have offered a scholarship program for their customers; already helping over 250 students.

Students receiving scholarship are as follows: Tiffany Bricco, Clintonville; Taylor Eilers, Waupaca; McKenzie Glodowski, Rosholt; Ethan Hass, Manawa; Lane Hischke, Suring; Jason Jaworski, Wausaukee; Brianna Karweick, Seymour; Ashley Kurey, Freedom; Tyler Le Mahieu, Peshtigo; Emily Madson, Lena; Payton Magdanz, Weyauwega; Emily Salm, Neenah; Dustin Thern, New London; and Alex Zahn, Wausau.


Who has the best burger?

Seymour, WI, lays claim to inventing the hamburger. The rest of the state provides award-winning cheese to top it. So it's no surprise that Milwaukee is home to three of the country's best burgers.

Thrillist compiled a list of the country's top 100 burgers, and Solly's, Nite Owl and Kopp's all made the cut. Kopp's ranked the highest of the Wisconsin burgers at No. 33.

"Kopp's just might be the best fast burger joint in the country. And hell, I didn't even try the custard," the article states.

Solly's butter burger came in at No. 89 and Nite Owl's Jumbo Cheeseburger ranked 70th.


WI projects receive USDA Farm to School grants

The Sheboygan Area School District and Community GroundWorks of Madison were among 65 projects chosen to receive an annual Farm to School grant by the USDA. The grants are designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools.

Sheboygan schools will receive $99,969 to implement "Nourish Sheboygan Kids" which brings together key local partners actively engaged in the Sheboygan-area farm-to-school movement to bring in local foods and to expand communication efforts to reinforce nutrition-based learning and promote student participation in the featured local Harvest of the Month and Harvest of the Week school-based lunch and snack programs.

Community GroundWorks will receive $80,408 to support Wisconsin Farm to School partners, led by the Madison-based group and Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at University of Wisconsin-Madison, to continue capacity for baseline activities through the “Strong Roots for Wisconsin Farm to School” program.


New feed mill on schedule

Construction is currently underway on a new feed mill for Countryside Cooperative. Located just off I-94 in northwest Wisconsin near Menomonie, the new facility is expected to provide additional storage for the Durand-based cooperative.

In addition to a staple of feed products, the new facility will also produce flaked corn — a relatively new product in the Midwest — to be used in feed for calves and milking cows.

The new mill is expected to generate a quarter million tons of feed each year. The project is expected to be completed this fall.