Wisconsin Farmers Encouraged To Look To The Future Of Their Farms UW-Extension Workshops Designed To Address Farm Succession

John Davis

As Gov. Tony Evers calls on lawmakers to deal with the state’s dairy crisis, a state agency is hoping to ease some mental stress by helping farmers plan for the future of their farms.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting a series of workshops called “Cultivating Your Farm Futureacross the state in the next couple of months designed to help farmers dealwith the financial future of their farm and possibly relieve some stress that’s led to a greater risk of mental health issues among farmers.

“With the farm stress and the low commodity prices we’ve had in the last five years planning for the future, it’s really hard to do that when you’re just planning for the next day,” said Kaitlyn Lance, an agriculture educator and certified farm succession coordinator for UW-Extension in La Crosse County.

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Wisconsin Farm Groups Applaud Special Session Bills Focused On Improving Outcomes For Farmers

Hope Kirwan

Wisconsin farmer groups are applauding Gov. Tony Evers’ plans for a special session on the financial crisis facing the state’s farms.

Evers signed an executive order Thursday, calling the Legislature into special session next week to consider a package of bills aimed at helping the dairy industry and farmers across the state. 

The proposals create several new grant programs, including one for dairy processing plantsproducer education programs and a Small Farm Diversity grant. That program would award up to $50,000 each year to farmers looking to add a new agricultural product to their farm or pay off existing equipment debt for a new product. The grant could also be used to fund start-up costs for new farms.

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Washington Dairygrams

Corey Geiger Managing Editor
In the January 25, 2020 issue . . .

CAN THE MUCH-IMPROVED MILK PRICES from the last quarter of 2019 continue into 2020? “The answer depends upon how the level of milk production, milk sales, and dairy exports differ from what happened in 2019,” forecasted the University of Wisconsin’s Bob Cropp.

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Wisconsin Ranks Second In Organic Farms Nationwide

Kealey Bultena

“Wisconsin ranks No. 2 in the nation for the number of organic farms, according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture.

Organic operations make up 2 percent, or 1,276, of Wisconsin’s farms.

The state has unique opportunities for growers who want to go organic, said Lauren Langworthy who leads the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.” (located right here in our trade territory)

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How Quickly Can China Open Its $40 Billion Checkbook

T. Morgan

“The U.S. Trade Representative’s office told Farm Journal the two-year deal comes with a price tag of China buying $80 worth of agricultural goods over the next two years. That averages out to be $40 billion in 2020 and then another $40 billion in 2021.

“That compared to the current exports, creates a new market, about one third of the size of the entire U.S. every agricultural exports,” said Holly Wang, economist with Purdue University “So, that’s very significant.”

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Agriculture Applauds Phase One China Deal, Awaits Tariff Removal

Anna-Lisa Laca

“The Phase-One Agreement with China will be a game changer for the U.S. beef industry,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston, who joined President Trump at the White House for today’s event. “For many years, Chinese consumers have been denied access to high-quality U.S. beef—the same U.S. beef we feed to our families. The removal of these massive trade barriers gives Chinese consumers access to the U.S. beef they desire, and it gives America’s cattlemen and cattlewomen the opportunity to provide U.S. beef to a growing consumer-base that represents one-fifth of the global population and a middle-class that is greater than the entire U.S. population.

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Wisconsin Corn Leader Says China Trade Deal is What Farmers Have Been Waiting For

Larry Lee

The details of the U.S. and China phase one trade deal have not been announced, but a Wisconsin corn grower says it’s the kind of news they’ve been waiting for. Tom Gillis is on the Wisconsin Corn Growers board and serves the U.S. Grains Council.  He says, “I think just a deal announced and the agreement that there’s potential on the table, that’s probably good enough to kind of turn the frowns upside down you might say in the eyes of the farmers.”

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China’s U.S. trade deal commitments not changed in translation: Mnuchin

David Lawder

Mnuchin told Fox News Channel that the deal reached on Dec. 13 still calls for China to buy $40 billion to $50 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products annually and a total of $200 billion of U.S. goods over two years.

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Burdened by Debt, Borden Files For Bankruptcy Reorganization

Chuck Abbott

Once the world’s largest dairy operator, Borden Dairy said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, aiming to reduce its debt load “and position the company for long-term success.” The bankruptcy filing over the weekend in Delaware courts followed the November bankruptcy of Dean Foods, one of the largest U.S. milk processors.

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