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Local names added to Wisconsin’s new Youth Council

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 8:02 AM CDT
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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - Some area young adults have been named to Wisconsin’s new Youth Council. Haley Beukema of New Richmond, Kendra Goplin of Osseo, Adaire MacSwain of of Hudson and Lauren Thompson of Woodville are among 15 youth named to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection council appointed by state agriculture secretary-designee Randy Romanski. The council’s purpose is to encourage young people to engage with state government leaders and increase their awareness about the DATCP’s interactions with the Wisconsin agriculture industry.

Trader surveys about reductions in the nation’s corn and soybean supplies were backed in Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s supply and demand report. The report estimated this year’s corn harvest at 178.5 bushels per acre for corn and 51.9 bushels per acre for soybeans. Those are record levels, but the corn was 3.3 bushels per acre less than the USDA’s August estimate, and 1.4 bushel per acre less than the August soybean estimate. The report also put the harvested corn silage estimate at 550,000 acres. The report cited flash drought conditions in some areas and the August derecho storm that hit Iowa and other Upper Midwest areas. The report resulted in corn and soybean price estimates closing last week with sharp gains.

The dairy herd is back on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. University of Wisconsin System officials had removed the herd from the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences earlier this year because of the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home orders; it was moved to the UW System’s Arlington Agriculture Research Station. However, the Madison campus Dairy Cattle Center was reopened on Sept. 1.

Farmers are reminded that they have until September 30 to make a one-time update of their USDA Price Loss Coverage program yields for covered commodities on their farms. The updates are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. USDA officials said farmers who’ve elected to use the Agricultural Risk Coverage program also should consider the updates. Information about the program and its deadlines are available through area federal Farm Service Agency offices.

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