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KEWASKUM, Wis. – From St. Mark’s plaza in Venice, Italy, to rooftop lofts in Matanzas, Cuba, to New York City’s Central Park to countryside farm silos to interstate overpasses, pigeons are an ubiquitous fixture of our world. Some people dislike the ever-present evidence a pigeon leaves behind – stray feathers and poop-painted perches. Others behold in awe what seems to be the orchestrated flying formation of a flock of the feathered beauties.

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CATO, Wis. – “Cows, crops and community … without them we wouldn’t be successful,” says Amanda Vogel of Vogel Family Farms. All three elements come together at the Cato-area farm, which will host June 13 the 2021 Manitowoc County Breakfast on the Farm.

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DODGEVILLE, Wis. – “If you go out into a well-managed pasture there’s a hum,” Gene Schriefer says. “It’s the hum of life with all the living organisms out there.”

Manure in swine pits is a valuable fertilizer to crop production. However, because of the high water content, it gets expensive to carry very far. Iowa State University Extension ag engineering specialist Kris Kohl offers tips to get the most out of it.

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BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – Some people look for buried treasure, thinking there’s hidden treasure in the earth. But others look at the land and see in plain sight the treasure it can provide. They see opportunity on the land where others saw none. Their own hard work and ingenuity creates treasure – and not just for themselves.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual Dairy Challenge was held virtually in 2021. Despite being held online 190 college dairy-science students from 30 colleges competed. The event enabled the students to improve their dairy-management and communication skills. They networked with other students and explored industry careers.

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New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that potato wastewater might serve well as a low-cost food source for a special bacterium that could be used to recycle high-tech devices.

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The use of dairy manure and legume cover crops in crop rotations can reduce the need for inorganic nitrogen fertilizer in corn. But the practices also can contribute to emissions of nitrous oxide – a potent greenhouse gas, say researchers from Pennsylvania State University.

OSCEOLA, Iowa — Brandi Dyer is a nurse. She doesn’t work in a big city hospital. She has a desk in an office just off the main drag in this county seat town. Her job takes her to farms and small towns across a swath of five rural southern Iowa counties.

MEMPHIS, Mo. — In rural Missouri, county health departments take on a variety of tasks. Sarah Krouse, administrator for the Scotland County Health Department in northeast Missouri, says the department does a lot to help meet the needs of the community.

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JUNEAU, Wis. – The 2021 Dodge County Dairy Brunch will be a celebration for a number of reasons. It will be held June 6 at FWR Nell Farms near Juneau.

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Supreme Court justices signaled skepticism of assertions from small oil refineries that they should be allowed to extend lapsed waivers from mandates they use for biofuels.

Summer is coming and with it, heat stress. The U.S. dairy industry experiences $1.5 billion in losses annually due to heat stress, according to a 2019 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research study. Warm temperatures can reduce performance, production and profit.

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The April reading of the Ag Economy Barometer was 178, virtually unchanged from a month earlier when the index stood at 177. It’s just 5 points less than its all-time best of 183, which was set back in October.

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OPINION  A focus on environmental stewardship is ubiquitous in 2021. Governments, companies and farmers alike are seeking ways to address the changing climate. With so many buzzwords and new sophisticated ideas being floated, it’s important to remember that often the answers are right in front of us. Cover cropping – an oldie but a goodie – is a well-known way to build healthy soil, keep it from eroding and sequester carbon. Farmers can begin cover-cropping relatively easily. And it immediately pays dividends for the soil and environment.

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DOVER, Wis. – It was Christmas Day 1843 when three immigrants from Liverpool, England, took shelter in an old Indian wigwam in the future ghost town of Dover. They were members of the British Temperance Emigration Society and Savings Fund, trying to start a new life in the spacious lands of Wisconsin. Within the next year more emigrants would follow from England.

The Wisconsin Beef Council recently named Kaitlyn Riley to serve as its director of communications and outreach. She will be responsible for producer and consumer communications, farm to fork tours, and efforts to educate Wisconsin consumers about beef production.

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The Center for Dairy Research and entrepreneur Michelle McBride are the team behind GoodSport, a new milk permeate-based sports drink. One of the center’s missions is to help companies and start-ups such as GoodSport bring innovative, nutritious and profitable products that use dairy to market.

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Innovations in engineering and technology for agricultural, food and biological systems recently were recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The winners of the society’s 2021 AE50 award program were new to the marketplace in 2020 and have the potential for a broad impact in their area of industry, according to the organization. Winners of the 2021 AE50 awards have been featured in the past few editions of Agri-View. This week’s edition features innovations in fertilizer-application equipment, spraying equipment and irrigation technologies.

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The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous vote of five to zero on Wednesday in favor of overturning a 2017 lower court decision that prevented the Mexican federal government from implementing regulations to allow for the importation of fresh U.S. potatoes throughout the country.

Palmer amaranth has become an annual pest in fields across the Midwest and has been quickly spreading north in recent years. The impact of the weed sparked researchers at the University of Minnesota to find methods to prevent additional spread.

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In 2020 we wrote about key factors and macroeconomic issues to monitor as the pandemic spread and the economic slowdown began. A year later we’re following up to write about the key considerations for the economy in 2021 – and the hopes of a recovery.

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OPINION  Along with a bipartisan group of my Senate colleagues, I’ve reintroduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act. It was approved by the Senate Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; it now heads to the Senate floor.

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative’s board of directors recently named Marin Bozic as an adviser. He is an assistant professor in the department of applied economics at the University of Minnesota. His study areas include dairy-policy analysis, risk management and dairy-product demand. Bozic also co-created the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Revenue Protection program.

AMHERST, Wis. -- When meeting Matt and Sara Hintz of Amherst, their true passion for farming can be felt. They’ve weathered difficult times, uncertain markets, bad crop years and a pandemic. It’s a huge accomplishment to persevere and continue to run the family farm successfully.

May is American Cheese Month and Wisconsin, the State of Cheese, will celebrate all month long. Wisconsin also will be celebrating its 180th anniversary of cheesemaking. Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is engaging consumers by highlighting Wisconsin cheese in stores and restaurants across the country, through virtual events and on social media.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association recently elected new officers and new directors for the 2021-2022 term. Steve Bechel of Eau Galle Cheese Factory in Durand, Wisconsin, will serve as the organization’s president. Other officers are listed.

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Innovations in engineering and technology for agricultural, food and biological systems recently were recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The winners of the society’s 2021 AE50 award program were new to the marketplace in 2020 and have the potential for broad impact in their area of industry, according to the organization. Winners of the 2021 AE50 awards are featured in this edition and in the next few editions of Agri-View. Advances in harvesting technologies are featured here.