SHULLSBURG, Wis. – Chad Gleason received a call a week before Christmas 2016 – a call with bad news. The order buyer would no longer buy his farm’s dairy steers. That order buyer’s primary customer would in the future only buy beef cattle.

PORTAGE, Wis. -- The 171st Columbia County Fair returns at the end of July with grandstand events and other spectacles people have seen in years past. This year’s five-day fair will run from July 27 through July 31. A few events will take place earlier in the week such as the horse pleasure show and dog judging.

OPINION  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reopened the finalized re-registration of atrazine, a widely utilized herbicide in sorghum production. The agency is proposing to replace the approved 15-parts-per-billion “concentration equivalent level of concern” in the aquatic assessment with the ultra-reduced 3.4-parts-per-billion “concentration equivalent level of concern” proposed in 2016. That’s a severely restricted level not supported by credible scientific evidence and would have a devastating impact on farmers.

    Crop prices have stayed high through the early part of the growing season, as the weather market hasn’t found reason to turn lower yet. However, that doesn’t mean outlooks are bullish, said Karl Setzer of Agrivisor.

    A panel led by National Pork Producers Council experts recently discussed the pork industry’s current policy priorities that are vital to producer livelihoods and the future success of the industry. As part of the pork industry’s long-range strategic planning process, the Pork Industry Visioning Task Force prioritized international trade, foreign animal disease and labor as key policy issues to address that will move the industry forward.

    ARLINGTON, Wis. -- Fire crews from multiple departments battled a blaze June 26 at a barn at the University of Wisconsin-Arlington Agricultural Research Station. The fire was contained to one large structure that housed farming equipment and hay; no people or animals were injured, said Marc Lovicott, UW-Madison police spokesperson.

    In spite of the COVID shutdown the University of Wisconsin in 2020-2021 performed one of its biggest studies ever done with dairy cows. The focus was on the little-understood effects of choline on transition cows.

      SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Close to 5,400 FFA members, advisors, family and friends descended on Springfield to initiate new conversations, explore possibilities in careers and celebrate achievements at the 94th annual FFA Convention June 14-16.

      WAUPUN, Wis. – United Cooperative and the city of Waupun finalized a developer’s agreement June 14 for a $100 million investment. The investment is to eventually include a soybean-processing facility in the Waupun Industrial Park on the city’s southwest side.

      OPINION  Editor’s note: António Guterres addressed June 17 the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Washington, D.C., convened by the United States top climate envoy, John Kerry, and hosted by President Joe Biden. The meeting included countries representing 80 percent of global gross domestic product, population and greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the White House.

      WEST ALLIS, Wis. – A “Dairy Dash” and a photo opportunity with a grilled-cheese sandwich larger than life-sized are in store for inquiring minds. They’re the two newest features planned for “Dairy Lane” at the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair, scheduled to be held Aug. 4-14 in West Allis.

        Wisconsin dairy breakfasts are being planned to celebrate June Dairy Month. Agri-View will publish a calendar weekly in print, as well as online, with updates as we receive them. Email agriview@madison.com with breakfast information including time and date, location with street address, what will be included, and a contact website, email or phone number to learn more information. Visit bit.ly/2022dairy to see an interactive map.

        A Dutch trucker has started hauling grain out of Ukraine that was sold to a customer in the European Union. But he says customs checks at the Polish border are extremely slow and difficult.

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