ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is leading a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump Administration to include enough funding in its 2019 budget to get projects done on the Upper Mississippi River system. The Navigation and Ecosystem Program for the system was put together in 2007 but so far the Congress hasn't included enough money in the budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the necessary work. In a letter to the budget director, the senators point out that the Mississippi is the most important inland waterway in the country and it handles more and more of our agricultural and energy production between U.S. markets and ports for delivery all over the world. The letter also points out that most of the infrastructure on the river was built in the 1930s and is in drastic need of updating.
Other parts of the world aren't waiting for us, the U.S., when it comes to trade deals. The leaders of Japan and the European Union recently shook hands on a broad trade agreement that they expect to formally sign this summer. That deal will involve about 30% of the global economy. And the deal also signals some not so good news for our trading efforts with Europe. In the agreement is the Japanese agreement that they will accept European geographic indications on at least 200 products, including many cheese varieties. The deal will also weaken the Japanese farm lobby as they gave in to the Europeans and will now lower tariffs on some farm products in order to have more access to the European automobile market.
Wisconsin attorney general has joined his colleagues in 10 other states in filing an amicus brief against California's Prop 65 regulation. That regulation requires products that may contain glyphosate to have what the attorneys general say is a false and misleading label, even though there is no scientific evidence to support California's claims of danger.
The Wisconsin Corn Growers have recognized the top corn growers across the state for the 2017 growing season in their annual corn yield contest. The top corn grower in the state was Jeff Laskowski of Plover who had the top yields of 317.6 bushels per acre. In second place was Mike Berget of Gratiot with yields of 314.2 and in third place was Barb Laskowski who averaged 312 bushels. They will be recognized with some cash awards at the upcoming Corn-Soy Conference in Wisconsin Dells February 1st and 2nd.
4 finalists have been named for the 2018 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer competition and 2 are from this area-Justin and Darci Daniels of Hixton and Mike Prochnow from Menomonie. The event will be January 26th through the 28th in Watertown. Last year's winners, Sam and Jenn Zimmerman of Ringle have been selected as one of the top ten national finalists and they will head to Sacramento, Californai next month for that competition.