Author Archives: Michelle Miller

Livestock Compass is Live!

Our new spreadsheet tool designed to help livestock producers calculate their cost of production and marketing…and then make strategic management decisions to improve farm profits…is now available.

Eventually, Livestock Compass will be housed at a new CompassToolbox.com website but that has not been built yet! For now it is available at www.veggiecompass.com

Jim Munsch and John Hendrickson will be doing a training on this tool at the Southern Sustainable Ag Working Group Conference in 2019. Would your group like a training on the tool?

Beginning Farmer School January 11-13, 2019

Planning a small business growing and selling fresh vegetables? Join us for the 2019 Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers, January 11-13. Registration is now open! A limited number of scholarships are available. Click here for more information or to register or contact John Hendrickson (jhendric@wisc.edu)

 

Poultry producers: please respond to this processing needs survey

A group of Southwest Wisconsin poultry producers is exploring the feasibility of locating a USDA poultry processing facility in Southwest Wisconsin.  They define poultry loosely to include chickens, turkeys, waterfowl, guinea hens, and rabbits.  Now they are working on assessing the potential demand for such a facility.  They have developed a survey for farmers in southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, and northern Illinois to figure out if and how they might use such a processing plant.

The deadline to fill out the survey is November 30th.  Farmers can fill the survey out on-line or print out a paper survey and mail it in.  Below are links to the electronic survey, to a press release with more information about the project, and to the paper survey.

For more information please contact the project coordinators at driftlesspoultrycooperative@gmail.com, and they also have a facebook page.

Food and Agriculture at a Crossroads: Setting Competition Priorities to Protect Producers, Consumers, and the Supply Chain

Public Roundtable: December 7, 2018, UW-Madison Law School

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to present the competition roundtable Food and Agriculture at a Crossroads: Setting Competition Priorities to Protect Producers, Consumers, and the Supply Chain. The roundtable will take up major competition policy issues involving concentrated food and agriculture markets, their interconnections to the broader national and global supply chains, and strategies for improving competition. The roundtable will begin with a briefing on the state of competition in food and agriculture, with a focus on gaps in the law or legal doctrine that makes developing competition policy particularly difficult. The day will feature three panels on topics that have important implications for competition enforcement and policy. Experts in antitrust and regulation from government, industry, advocacy, and academia will frame major competitive issues through the lens of different stakeholder and enforcement perspectives. The morning and afternoon discussions will each close with a roundtable session that gives participants the opportunity to react to and candidly discuss themes, issues, and policy recommendations for competition enforcement.

The roundtables are entitled:

  • Squeezed From Both Ends: Seller Market Power, Powerful Buyers, and Protecting the Producer

  • The Consumer and Food Sovereignty: Rising Concentration and Its Effects on Food Prices, Choice, and Quality

  • Food Supply Chains: Integration, Globalization, and What it Means for Competition and Stability

Registration is free for the December 7th event at the Law School, but required. For more information and to register, go to: https://www.antitrustinstitute.org/event/2018foodagrountable/

Family Farm Defenders, Wisconsin Farmers Union, the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and other partners are organizing a reception and community panel for the night before the Roundtable, December 6, 2018, tentatively at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery Town Center, 7-9pm. No registration for this event is required.

Dick Cates retirement party

Dick Cates is a farmer raising beef cattle in the Spring Green area. Or is he???

Please join CIAS for a celebration of Dick Cates and his 23 years of service to the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. During his time as director of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, senior lecturer in the Department of Soil Science and interim Farm and Industry Short Course director, Dick educated and mentored beginning farmers, promoted land stewardship through managed grazing, and led sustainable agriculture efforts across Wisconsin.

Dick’s retirement party will be on Thursday, November 1st from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Jackson-Tanner Commons on the third floor of the Soil Science Building, 1525 Observatory Dr. The nearest parking ramp is the Observatory Dr. Ramp (lot 36). Check the campus map for building location and parking options.

Refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Thank you!