Dean “had bigger, industrywide issues with the consumption of milk products. But the loss of the Walmart business was just another thing they didn’t need,” said Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At the conversation, farmers discussed creative ways they have added to their farms to stay profitable. Some farmers are using technology to be more efficient, others are growing different crops on the side like hemp and ginseng, or leasing woodlands as hunting grounds, and even using planes to drop seeds. Kaitlyn Lance, the Agriculture Educator with UW Extension-La Crosse County, said agriculture is at the forefront of technology.
While Mark Stephenson, agricultural economist and director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is forecasting better milk prices for 2020, there could be some clouds blowing up on the horizon at the end of the year that could impact the dairy industry.
Samples were sent to PJ Liesch, an extension entomologist and director of the Insect Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison. Liesch confirmed at least one of the samples to be a blister beetle, although he couldn’t determine exactly which species since the body had been crushed. Liesch said the beetles are midsize, about half an inch to an inch long, and have slender bodies with softer exoskeletons, similar to a firefly.
“Those cracks and crevices can create little homes for bacteria that cause udder infection or mastitis,” said Heather Schlesser from UW-Madison Division of Extension. “Those increase the white blood cell count within there, which causes an effect ultimately, if we end up with cases of mastitis.”
Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said Wisconsin usually sees a 4 percent decline in herd numbers each year. But the prolonged period of low milk prices from 2014 to 2019 have forced many farms to sell their herds
A new billboard on Center Ave. in Merrill reassures parents that most area students don’t vape. Youth Development Coordinator Debbie Mollendorf says new technologies could negatively impact that trend.
UW-Madison Division of Extension Professor Steve Deller, who produced the data analysis for WHA’s report, also highlighted how health care jobs have a greater impact for communities and the families supported by those jobs.
Changes in federal standards on the use of crop products, a finding in Nova Scotia, and the appearance of a new insect in states bordering Wisconsin were among the highlights in the insect review by Extension Service entomologist Bryan Jensen at the 2019 Pest Management Update.
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