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Candidates eligible for election

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection recently certified 12 candidates eligible for election to the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Board of Directors. Dairy farmers in the affected districts will have until May 25 to vote on the registered candidates.

  • District 3 nominees – Mark Leder of Gleason and Gary Kohn of Medford – Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Taylor counties
  • District 6 Candidate – Douglas Danielson of Cadott – Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties
  • District 9 Nominee – Jeff Betley of Pulaski, Menominee, Shawano and Waupaca Counties
  • District 12 Candidate – Stephen Pankrantz of Marshfield – Portage, Waushara and Wood Counties
  • District 15 nominees – Sandra Madland of Lyndon Station and Annette Trescher of Cashton – Adams, Juneau and Monroe counties
  • District 18 nominee – Rick Roden of West Bend – Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties
  • District 21 Candidate – Gail Klinkner of Viroqua – Crawford and Vernon Counties
  • District 24 nominees – Virgil Haag of Mount Horeb, Tina Hinchley of Cambridge and Carrie Chestnut Mess of Johnson Creek – Dane and Jefferson counties

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All applicants meet the eligibility criteria of being an active dairy producer or representative of a relevant producer, selling milk in commercial channels and residing in their respective districts. The agency distributed mail-in ballots to dairy farmers who reside in the eight affected districts. Producers who have not received a ballot should request one by contacting [email protected] or 608-224-5116. Completed ballots must be signed and mailed to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Marketing Order Program, PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708. They must be postmarked by May 25.

Election results will be announced at the end of June. Elected producers will serve a three-year term beginning July 1. Visit wisconsindairy.org/elections to view candidate biographies and for more information.

Scheduled Virtual Farm Tours

Four dairies will be showcased virtually daily during World Dairy Expo 2022, showcasing environmental stewardship, genetics, technological advancements, community involvement and more.

• October 4 – Walnutdale Farms, Wayland, Michigan – has a 50-stall rotary milking parlour, raises all of its own replacement heifers and has programs focused on preserving the environment.

• October 5: Homestead Dairy, Plymouth, Indiana – operates three breeding sites with a double 25-parallel milking parlour, a double 12-parallel parlour, Lely robots, a biogas plant, a slurry drying system for bedding and facilities for new calves.

• October 6 – Bateman’s Mosida Farms, Elberta, Utah – has a solar farm, a robotic dairy research facility and a vertical forage cultivation system.

• October 7: Skråmered, Våxtorp, Sweden – integrates ProCROSS genetics to adapt genetics and management to new installations.

Visit worlddairyexpo.com for more information.

Tool assesses cost savings

The new Heifer Grazing Compass is a spreadsheet designed to help farmers predict and understand the long-term cash flow and financial results of the decision to raise heifers on pasture. Developed by the University of Wisconsin-Center for Integrated Farming Systems and Grassland 2.0, the tool compares the total economic implications of a farmer’s existing system with a potential pasture-based heifer raising system. It helps farmers establish a grazing plan, taking into account both a financial and ecological strategy. It allows users to compare heifer rearing systems while maintaining constant animal growth and development results. The compass is site and operation specific. It is suitable for farmers in Wisconsin, but is useful anywhere in the United States.

A Beef Grazing Compass and a Pasture Management Compass are due out this summer. Visit grasslandag.org/the-heifer-grazing-compass or email [email protected] for more information.

Grant applications sought

The Professional Dairy Farmers Foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 for new or unique programs for dairy-focused initiatives. The foundation strives to identify emerging educational needs in the dairy industry and help fill gaps in funding for new or innovative programs. Since 2010, the foundation has awarded more than $295,000 in grants to support programs that equip the dairy community with the latest tools and resources to be effective dairy managers, leaders and ambassadors.

An independent grant selection committee will seek applications focused on supporting the next generation of dairy farmers, growing and maintaining public confidence in people and dairy products, and building producer skills. Organizations with 501(c)(3) or (5) tax status can apply. Grant applications are due June 1. Visit milkingfoundation.org/grant-seekers or contact [email protected] for more information.

Nineteen Wisconsin dairy companies recently received dairy processor grants from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection. The grants are intended to foster innovation, improve profitability and maintain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities. The Department of Agriculture received 43 grant applications totaling more than $1.7 million.

  • Slicing and alpine cheese, Monroe, $15,000 – plant relocation and expansion
  • Brunkow cheese, Darlington, $18,500 – improvement of facilities and processes
  • Cedar Valley cheese, Belgium, $25,000 – development of the cheese grinding process
  • Swiss Cooperative Decatur, Brodhead, $24,000 – expansion of facilities
  • Artisan Door Cheese, Egg Harbor, $25,000 – development of a comprehensive marketing plan
  • Henning cheese, Kiel, $18,500 – website development
  • Hill Valley Dairy, East Troy, $20,000 – expansion planning
  • Dutch family cheese, Thorp, $22,000 – engineering and expansion planning
  • Landmark Creamery, Belleville, $22,000 – cheese extension
  • Lynn Dairy, Granton, $25,000 – cheese belt purchase
  • Global Dairy Specialties, Fond du Lac, $28,000 – partner with more small and medium-sized cheese factories
  • Muscoda Protein Products, Muscoda, $28,000 – pre-treatment study for anaerobic wastewater treatment plant
  • Renard cheese, Algoma, $24,000 – plant equipment engineer scholarship development
  • Specialty Cheese Company, Reeseville, $20,000 – development of a reverse osmosis system
  • Guernsey Two Girls Creamery, Liberty, $5,000 – product development and expansion
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville, $10,000 – eexpanding retail opportunities and technical knowledge
  • Westby Co-op Creamery, Westby, $25,000 – pmodernization and extension of the park
  • Pride of Wisconsin, Mauston, $25,000 – fcapacity expansion
  • Wiskerchen cheese, Auburndale, $20,000 – hiring of bilingual human resources and administrative assistant

Visit datcp.wi.gov and search for “dairy development” for more information.

The board appoints a representative

Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, was recently named dairy representative to the new Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council. The council will help guide initiatives created under the Wisconsin Agricultural Export Initiative, a collaborative project between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. . They promote the export of Wisconsin agricultural and agri-food products.

Vincent gained international experience at Miller Brewing International and Fiskars Brands. He has provided strategic input and advanced the mission of the Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council. While at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, he helped promote Wisconsin dairy products to world markets.

The state initiative aims to boost exports of dairy, meat, crops and other agricultural products by 25% by June 2026. The council will meet at least twice a year.

Ryan Wucherer, Director of Global Sales for CT Dairies, is also a dairy industry representative on the Export Advisory Board; and Jeff Schwager, CEO of Sartori. Visit wisconsindairy.org and datcp.wi.gov and search for “agricultural exports” for more information.

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