Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - April 5

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Forty-eight Kentucky elk have made the 14-hour overnight ride from Kentucky and have arrived at their new home in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. Once released into the wild, the animals will join more than 200 elk that make up Wisconsin's northern elk herd that resides in Ashland, Bayfield, Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties. The translocation is the final group of elk being shipped to Wisconsin in a project that started in 1995. State Department of Natural Resources secretary Preston Cole said the latest elk shipment is meant to provide additional herd growth and genetics to the herd. Twenty five were released to the region in 1995 and 31 were released in 2017. Most of the funding for the elk reintroduction project has been from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Jay Heeg of Heeg Brothers Dairy at Colby has been re-elected president of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Heeg operates his family’s farm with his brothers Mark and Gary. Other officers re-elected were Katy Schultz of Fox Lake, vice president; and Dan Scheider of Freeport, Illinois, as secretary. Janet Clark of Eldorado was elected secretary. Directors are Andy Buttles of Lancaster, Steven Orth of Newton, Ken Feltz of Stevens Point, John Haag of Dane, and Corey Hordoff of Eden.

The first agricultural engineering graduate at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been named the 2019 Agricultural Engineering Undergraduate Student by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Biological Engineers. Senior Lindsey Murry of Mosinee will be the first graduate of the agricultural engineering program at UW-River Falls when she walks across the stage to receive her diploma next month. Murry, who’s maintained a 4.0 grade point average while also participating in extracurricular activities, will go to Iowa State University this summer to begin working on a doctorate in agricultural and Biosystems engineering.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will release the 2017 Census of Agriculture results next Thursday morning. The full census report will include millions of data points, including number of farms, land in farms, total value of production, demographics, and more at the national, state, and county levels.