Wisconsin briefs: Oconto Falls man dies in milk truck crash

Wisconsin State Farmer


Milk truck crash, farm accidents claim lives

An Oconto Falls man died early Friday in a crash with a milk truck in Shawano County.

The 19-year-old man was traveling south on Highway 22 around 2:30 a.m. near Resort Rd., in the town of Washington, when he crossed the centerline and ran into the oncoming milk truck, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office.

The milk truck driver from Marion, age 63, was not injured.

A 73-year-old Wood County man was killed on Oct. 27 when the tractor he was working on ran over him. Rescue personnel found Chris Jacobs of Stetsonville pinned under the tractor inside his machine shed. Paramedics say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Rock County woman was crushed to death when two large hay bales fell on top of her inside the woman's town of Porter barn on Oct. 23.  Rock County Sheriff's Office officials say Julie Hazeltine, 59, died at the scene.

All three incident remain under investigation.


Waupaca County is site of newest ag enterprise area 

Wisconsin's total acreage in designated agricultural enterprise areas comes to 1.13 million acres with the addition of a new one in Waupaca County's Town of Lind, after Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Interim Secretary Jeff Lyon signed an order creating it. 

The new acreage will become official Jan. 1. Wisconsin will then have 34 agricultural enterprise areas, or AEAs, in 25 counties, 98 towns and the Bad River Reservation.   

AEAs are part of the farmland preservation program administered by DATCP. They are intended to keep land in agricultural use and promote agricultural economic development appropriate to each area, by preserving established agricultural infrastructure – land, public services and businesses that serve farms, as well as farms themselves.  Landowners in AEAs are not subject to any new land use regulations. 

Designation can provide some certainty for farmers and agribusinesses that agricultural infrastructure will remain into the future, so they can invest with confidence. It also makes landowners eligible to claim the farmland preservation tax credit if they agree to keep their land in agricultural use for at least 15 years and meet conservation standards. 

For an AEA to be designated, at least five landowners, in partnership with their local government, petition DATCP for the designation. 

The new AEA is called the Farming Forward AEA. It encompasses more than 19,000 acres in the Town of Lind in Waupaca County.

The nine petitioners operate dairy, grain and specialty crop farms. Their goals include encouraging major dairy operations to plan for long-term resources and succession to future generations, as well as to allow for new, unique agricultural operations. They want to increase local awareness of the importance of protecting the area's agricultural economy, and find opportunities for farmers to benefit financially from preserving farmland. 

To date, landowners in ag enterprise areas have signed more than 650 farmland preservation agreements, covering 142,200 acres. 

Landowners outside designated AEAs who want to participate should work with their neighbors and local governments to petition for AEA status. For more information, go to datcp.wi.gov and type AEA in the search box. 

This is the eighth round of AEA designations. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has authority to designate up to 2 million acres as AEAs. 


Wisconsin milk prices outpacing last month, year

Wisconsin farmers received an average price of $18.30 per hundredweight (cwt) for their milk in September 2017 according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This was 10 cents higher than last month’s price and 30 cents higher than last September’s price.

The U.S. milk price for September was $17.80 per cwt, 50 cents lower than Wisconsin’s price and 20 cents lower than last month’s U.S. price.

Fourteen of the 23 major milk producing states had a lower price when compared with August, 5 states had a higher price, and 4 states were unchanged. California had the largest drop in price, down 62 cents to $16.45 per cwt.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) 40‐pound block cheese price closed at $1.7500 per pound on Oct. 30, while barrels were $1.7100 per pound. The CME butter price was $2.2700 per pound.

For the week ending Oct. 21, 2017, the Agricultural Marketing Service U.S. weekly 40‐pound block cheese price averaged $1.7491 per pound, and 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.7383 per pound. The U.S. butter price was $2.3747 per pound.


New development in Fox Valley receives support from WEDC 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that it has provided state tax credits to Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company, a division of Nestlé USA (“Nestlé”), to support a distribution center expansion in Little Chute.  

Construction is now completed on a 300,000-square-foot cold storage distribution facility that Nestlé will lease from Hickory Drive Holdings LLC. The new facility, located on County Highway N north of I-41, is currently operational.  

Nestlé already operates a production facility in Little Chute. 

WEDC authorized Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company to receive the Business Development Tax Credits over the next three years. The amount of credits to be received is contingent upon the actual number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that time. 

The Village of Little Chute is also providing tax incentives for the project. 

“This announcement only further underscores Wisconsin’s ability to compete in the global marketplace,” said state Rep. and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, whose district includes Little Chute. “This truly is an exciting opportunity for our area and I’m appreciative of the fact that Nestlé has opted to expand their business right here in Little Chute.” 

In addition to the 100 jobs expected to be created by Nestlé, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 66 additional jobs in the region. Those 166 new jobs could generate up to $1.8 million in state income tax revenue over a five-year period. 


Walker invites students to decorate capitol Christmas tree

Governor Walker asked art teachers, parents, and children across Wisconsin to help decorate the 2017 State Capitol Christmas Tree. This year, the Capitol Christmas Tree theme will be the Capitol’s 100th Birthday.  

“Every year, visitors come from all over to visit the Capitol and see its magnificent Christmas tree,” Governor Walker said. “With the centennial celebration of our state’s Capitol building occurring this year, we want this year’s State Capitol Christmas tree to honor and celebrate this milestone.” 

Ornaments symbolizing the Capitol building and its 100th birthday will be displayed on the 2017 State Capitol Christmas Tree. Experiences making the ornaments can be shared with pictures and stories through Facebook and Twitter using #WICapitolTree. 

Anyone interested in sending Capitol’s 100th Birthday themed ornaments to decorate the tree should make their submission by Wednesday, Nov. 22. 

Send Capitol’s 100th Birthday themed ornaments to: Claire Franz, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Management, 17 West Main Street, Suite 119, Madison, WI 53703.