Ag Chat with Scott Schultz -June 22

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 9:01 AM CDT
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A Chippewa County woman will be Wisconsin’s ambassador for state agricultural products during the coming year. Julia Nunes was named Saturday night as Wisconsin’s 73rd Alice in Dairyland during a selection program in Walworth County. Nunes was among six finalists vying for the paid Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection position. She was raised on a Tilden-area farm and attended the University of Minnesota; she will replace Abigail Martin in the position. Other finalists from the area were Kaitlin Konder of Glenwood City, Grace Schroeder of Cashton and Stephanie Hoff of Thorp.

Wisconsin’s may milk production was down 3 percent compared with May of 2019, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statices Service milk production report. The report said Wisconsin farmers produced 2.58 billion pounds of milk during May. The number of milk cows and average per-cow production also were down. The state had 1.26 million cows during May, a 3,000-cow reduction compared with May of 2019; the monthly producer per cow was 2,050 pounds, down 45 pounds compared with May of 2019.

May’s milk production also was down nationally, with farmers producing 18.8 billion pounds – a 1.1 percent decrease compared with 2019. The national monthly production per cow was down by 31 pounds from May of 2019, with cows averaging 2,011 pounds. There were 9.37 million head milked across the nation, which is 37,000 head more than were milked during May of 2019 but 11,000 fewer than were milked in April. The 24 top milk-producing states produced 18 billion pounds, a 1 percent decrease compared with May of 2019. The report also revised the April top 24 states’ production, decreasing that number by 47 million pounds to 17.8 billion pounds.

A reminder that the sign-up period is continuing through June 29 for farmers to be considered for the state’s coronavirus pandemic funds. Farmers each may receive between $1,000 and $3,500 of the $50 million in state farm relief being made available. The sign-up should be done online at but farmers without computer access may call the state Department of Revenue at 608-266-2772.

Today we note the passing of Bob Sather, who on June 16 lost a long battle with cancer. He taught in the Eau Claire School District and worked as director of financial aid at UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire, then later in life was a founding member of Ace Ethanol at Stanley; he served for 17 years as the Ace Ethanol director of government relations. He was 86.

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