Wisconsin Briefs: Tomah man dies in farm accident

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Tomah man dies in farm accident

Authorities say a man has died after getting caught in a piece of farm machinery in west-central Wisconsin.

Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins says deputies were called Sunday, Sept. 17 and found 57-year-old Brian Butterfuss trapped in the machine in the Town of Tomah.

Butterfuss had died and had to be extricated from the machinery.

The sheriff's office and the Monroe County medical examiner's office are investigating.


Ag coop members donate 6,210 meals

Members and employees of Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) donated 6,210 meals to help feed hungry families in need in southern Wisconsin in August.

Together, Landmark members and employees raised more than $2,000 for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and its sister foodbank, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

The money was raised during three member appreciation events in Whitewater, Fall River and Albany. The donation will support services in Second Harvest’s 16-county service area in southwestern Wisconsin and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin’s 36-county coverage area. One dollar donated to Second Harvest provides three meals for those in need. 


Tractor rollbar rebates available

The Wisconsin Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate Program has been funded for a sixth consecutive year, enabling Wisconsin farmers to retrofit rollbars onto their tractors at a reduced cost. The program is run by the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, with philanthropic support from the Auction of Champions. 

A ROPS is an operator compartment structure (usually cab or rollbar) intended to protect farmers from injuries caused by overturns or rollovers. A ROPS, when used with a seatbelt, is 99 percent effective in preventing injury or death in the event of an overturn.  

For more information, call 877-767-7748 or go to www.ropsr4u.com and click on Wisconsin. The program reimburses up to 70 percent (maximum of $865) toward the total cost of purchasing, shipping and installing individual ROPS.  


GENEX to Market Jetstream Genetics  

Under a new agreement, GENEX will be the exclusive distributor of Jetstream Genetics to Holstein cattle breeders throughout the U.S. 

The Jetstream lineup is comprised of approximately 50 sires. Dairy producers will be able to place orders from GENEX representatives when the agreement goes into effect Oct. 1, 2017. 

For more information about Jetstream Genetics or GENEX, visit www.jetstreamgenetics.com or www.crinet.com


UWRF named a Best Regional University 

U.S. News & World Report has once again named the University of Wisconsin-River Falls a Best Regional University-Midwest. The newest ranking appears in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges, released Sept. 13, 2017.

UWRF was among nine University of Wisconsin System schools to be so honored and ranked highly in average first-year student retention, student-to-faculty ratios and smaller class sizes which provide better access to instructors. 

The following schools and their rankings are: UW LaCrosse (33); UW Eau Claire (37), UW Stevens Point (54), UW Whitewater (61), UW Stout (70), UW Oshkosh (73), UW RIver Falls (93) and UW Green Bay and UW Platteville (99).

The U.S. News & World Report rankings can be found online at usnews.com


WI Cover Crops Conference set

In partnership with Sheboygan County UW Extension, Washington and Ozaukee County Land Conservation Departments, and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) will be helping host the 2017 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference, a tour examining the role of cover crops in soil and water quality, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4,  Jackson Town Hall,1346 Division Rd., Jackson WI.

During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to observe select on-farm demonstrations, hear from farmers practicing cover crops as well as UW Extension staff, and participate on a tour visiting demo sites.

Cost of the conference is $10 and includes lunch and materials, registration is required: register online at http://bit.ly/2x51LCc.


Potato production unchanged 

Wisconsin potato production in 2016 totaled 27.8 million hundredweight, virtually unchanged from 2015, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Potatoes 2016 Summary.  

The state’s potato growers planted 65,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from 2015. Harvested acres in 2016 were reported at 64,000, up 1,500 acres from the previous year.  

Average yield per acre was down from 445 hundredweight in 2015 to 435 hundredweight in 2016. Price per hundredweight, at $11.60, was up from the previous year’s $9.70. Total value of production of the Wisconsin potato crop was up from $270 million in 2015 to $322 million in 2016.