Wisconsin briefs: Lomira FFA member among national finalists

Wisconsin State Farmer


Register for value-added feed buyers mission during World Dairy Expo

Producers of feed and feed ingredients have an opportunity to enhance their sales during the upcoming World Dairy Expo through scheduled one-on-one meetings with international buyers of value-added feed and feed ingredients.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s International Trade Team will coordinate the meetings with prequalified buyers from China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and Mexico. 

The mission coincides with World Dairy Expo, scheduled Oct. 3 to Oct. 7 in Madison. Early registration, which includes a cost savings, ends Aug. 11. Final registration ends Sept. 1. 

Participants in the 2016 Value-Added Feed and Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission projected a total of $17.4 million in sales in the 12 months following the mission.

Wisconsin companies interested in exploring new opportunities for their feed products are encouraged to take advantage of this cost-effective way to build relationships with international buyers and to gain valuable insights into the represented markets.

 For more information, contact DATCP’s Jennifer Lu at 608-224-5102 / jennifer.lu@wi.gov or Enrique Gandara at 608-224-5113 / enrique.gandara@wi.gov. 


Shop to offer special WI State Fair Cheese

The West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, in partnership with the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board, will be offering Wisconsin State Fair ‘Select Sharp Cheddar’ during the month of August. The ‘Select Sharp Cheddar’ was made by Gibbsville Cheese in Sheboygan Falls from the milk produced by the dairy cows exhibited at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.

“We were looking for something unique to do with the milk produced at last year’s fair and partnering with our friends at Gibbsville Cheese and the West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe to offer an aged cheddar – ‘Select Sharp Cheddar’ – seemed like a win-win situation,” explained Katy Katzman, board coordinator, for the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board.

The aged cheddar will be available at both West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe locations – 6832 West Becher St., in West Allis and 400 N. Water Str.,Millwaukee Public Market. Limited quantities will be available through the month of August.


Lomira FFA member is national finalist

Matthew S. Ries of the Lomira FFA Chapter is among the national finalists for its top achievement awards. Ries will compete in a field of four finalists for the American Star in Agricultural Placement award.

Sixteen FFA members from across the U.S. are vying for the top American Star Awards in the following categories: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

The American Star Awards represents the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. The award recognizes FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through the completion of a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.

A panel of judges will interview finalists and select one winner for each award at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis. The four winners will be announced during an onstage ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26.


Rural Mutual delivers $1M in dividends

Rural Mutual Insurance Co. (RMIC) delivered more than $1 million of its inaugural Farm Dividend program since January 2017. The company expects to pay out about $2.5 million by the end of the year. So far, more than 3,000 qualified farm policyholders have received checks.

The company’s board of directors approved the Farm Dividend program one year earlier than planned due to strong financial success. Through the program, a five percent dividend payment is made to qualifying Rural Mutual farm policyholders. Each qualifying policyholder will receive a dividend no matter his or her loss experience.


ACE Meetings connect leaders and farmers for important dairy discussions

A series of ACE (Agricultural Community Engagement®) On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings, Aug. 28, 29, 30 and 31, will provide opportunities for discussions about issues important to Wisconsin’s communities and a first-hand look at modern dairy farming.

The meetings are hosted by the Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW).  All four meetings are free and open to the public.

Each ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meeting will include a 60-minute guided tour of the dairy farm, followed by open dialogue and ice cream.  

Meetings will start with tours at 6 p.m., ice cream with discussion and Q&A to follow and close at 8:30 p.m.  

Meetings are at Brooks Farms on Aug. 28, Mar-Bec Dairy on Aug. 29, Cozy Nook Farm on Aug. 30 and Ripp's Dairy Valley on Aug. 31.

All ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings are free and open to the public.  

Walk-ins are welcome or, RSVP to Professional Dairy Producers at www.pdpw.org, 800-947-7379 or mail@pdpw.org.


Organic Valley debuts the first organic sweet cream half & half 

In 2016, Organic Valley introduced its organic flavored half & half-a delicious, wholesome and real-dairy alternative to oil-based, artificial coffee creamers. 

Today, the nation's largest farmer-owned organic cooperative announced a new flavor in the line: Organic Valley Sweet Cream Half & Half.  The new flavor will now complement its plain, hazelnut and French vanilla flavors in dairy cases from coast to coast. 

Organic Valley Sweet Cream Half & Half contains only four ingredients: real cream and milk, fair trade unrefined cane sugar, and vanilla. 

Like all Organic Valley dairy products, the Sweet Cream Half & Half is produced from the milk of cows that are raised on the lush, green pastures of Organic Valley family farms without the use of GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or toxic pesticides. It is also 
completely free of artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. 

Organic Valley Sweet Cream Half & Half will be available in August 2017 at Whole Foods Markets nationwide and some additional retailers, with a SRP of $3.49.