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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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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World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates

Pre-USDA Report Thoughts Are Bullish, Analysts Say

Mike McGinnis January's Report Has Rally History

DES MOINES, Iowa — The final U.S. 2019 crop production estimates, to be released Friday, are expected to get smaller than previous estimates, according to prereport projections.

On Friday, the USDA will release its January Supply/Demand Report, Dec. 1 Quarterly Grain Stocks Report, and its WASDE Outlook at 11:00 a.m. CT.

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Avoid Building Collapse, Consider Insurance

LeeAnne Bulman, AgriView

GILMANTON, Wis. – Excessive snow and blowing wind create a nasty combination – a danger that caused a record number of farm buildings to collapse this past winter. Weather events can’t be controlled so farmers need to do what they can to prevent damage.

That starts with building design, says Aaron Halberg, resident professional engineer at Halberg Engineering.

“We should avoid all possible loss,” he said at a presentation sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension in Buffalo County

Carl Duley, UW-extension agent, said collapsed buildings aren’t a new issue but buildings are becoming bigger, which puts more stress on construction materials. This past winter collapsed buildings in west-central Wisconsin had more than $12 million in damage. That included poultry sheds, machine sheds, livestock barns and grain bins that ranged from one to 50 years old. Damaged buildings continued to drop throughout the spring.

Once snow piles up, wind can change the depth and density of snow on a roof. Rain on the snow can increase the weight by 5 pounds per square foot for every inch. Ice dams can form along the edge, holding snow back from sliding off the roof. Something as small as screw heads showing through a roof is enough to hold snow on a roof.

Wisconsin has no binding building code for post-frame buildings, although standards do exist. Halberg referred to ASCE 7, a minimum-design load, as a source for building design – with the caveat that codes are a minimum. A project may need greater design loads. Factors such as building use, the presence of animals or humans, and siting need to be considered

Halberg recommends dealing with people who have been in the business for a while – those with a good design reputation and warranty on the work. He warns that the cheapest building might be just that – cheap.

“When I see a collapse, it’s usually one or two details that were missed,” he said.

Duley gave an example.

”Steel isn’t steel isn’t steel,” he said.

If a builder downgrades the steel, connectors can rust. That results in less building integrity.

Design should start with load considerations, Halberg said, and then trusses, trusses to posts, overall connection and bracing. Every link in the chain is important. Designers should consider what happens when doors are open or closed as well as extra dead weight such as solar panels or insulation.


Spring 2019 Edition – Countryside Compass

The Spring 2019 issue of the Countryside Compass is now available online!

Check out the stories covered in this edition:

  • Learning how to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable
  • AgSolver – analyzing profitability on your acres
  • How economic times are driving credit policy enforcement
  • Important tax benefits
  • Changes in the Grain Division
  • Lengthening your usefulness of feed bins
  • Spotlight on the Heck Dairy in Mondovi
  • What sets Countryside apart from others
  • What to look for with LP tank tilt this spring
  • Countryside’s commitment to Drive to Feed Kids
  • HVAC spring tune up
  • Countryside’s Internship Program and partnership with Chippewa Valley Technical College

Countryside Cooperative Spring 2019 Compass

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