Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

October is harvest time in Wisconsin; Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks has taken-in cranberries, ginseng and apples to mention a few Wisconsin products.  As part of Farm-to-School Month, she is promoting the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch this Friday.  Students and others across the state and the Great Lakes region are asked to bite into... Read more »

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Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients

Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients.  Generally, vegetarians don’t eat meat but consume other animal products. Vegans eat no animal products. Andrea Giancolli is a Registered Dietitian with the Beach Cities Health District, says those meat-free diets can supply all nutritional needs if they are carefully planned and adhered to. She says extra considerations... Read more »

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Texas dairy tour

  The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin hosting a Texas dairy tour in November.  The two-day event will feature Hilmar Cheese Company, Dalhart Jersey Ranch, Avi-Lanche Jerseys, Del Rio Dairy, High Plains Dairy and Dairy Fountain dairy farms.  There are rotary parlors, unique housing and other features on the farms which range from 2,700 to... Read more »

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Pesticide drift rating available

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program for pesticides.  The goal is to reduce pesticide drift, reducing costs and protecting neighbors.  EPA says up to $640 million is lost each year to pesticide drift. With DRT, manufacturers can test technologies including nozzles, spray shields and drift reduction... Read more »

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CDFA offers drought assistance

The State of California continues to work on ways to save water as they suffer through a fourth year of drought.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for a second round of State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) funding.  Farmers can get financial assistance to install systems which save water... Read more »

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Dairy markets mixed

A mixed day in the dairy markets on Tuesday as most viewed Monday’s September milk production numbers “about as expected.”  Cash cheese barrels on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange fell 7.25 cents while blocks held steady.  The barrel-to-block spread is now at 29 cents.  Traders know that needs to narrow but the question is: will barrels... Read more »

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R-CALF says COOL is working

The head of R-CALF USA says regardless of what is going on with the World Trade Organization on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling, the program is working. “Consumers are preferring a domestic product. They’re looking for the labels. And, that makes the Canadian and Mexican beef less competitive in our marketplace. That’s why problems that... Read more »

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Commercial demand resurfaces in soybeans

  Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. China’s third quarter GDP results weren’t great, but they were better than expected and demand remains strong. Harvest is slower than average, but is expected to catch up, in most areas, thanks to a better weather outlook. Soybean meal was higher, also attracting new commercial demand,... Read more »

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COOL Reform Coalition urges compliance first

A coalition of U.S. business groups wants Congress to intervene now that the World Trade Organization has ruled that the USDA’s remedy for Country of Origin Labeling is lacking. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, one of the coalition groups, says without intervening, the standing of the U.S. in... Read more »

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South Dakota leads in soybean harvest progress

The weather has had an effect on harvest progress with rain cutting into field work in many Midwestern states over the past week or so.  The weather through the growing season has also had an effect on crop development, putting corn harvest significantly behind where it normally would be by now. The picture for soybean... Read more »

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