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  1. 1. InsIde Fall Fly-In Events Transitions ThIs Scholarships Page 8 Page 15 Issue Page 5 WFU NEWS WISCONSIN Farmers Union June 2011 The reasoned voice for family farmers since 1930 Volume 68 | no. 6Looking to the Future By Darin Von Ruden It was a great weekend on a great is because those who have a stake in on July 1. This event is going to be a WFU President lake in Northwestern Wisconsin. I had our current energy policy (providers great opportunity to learn about farm- some time to clear my head and think and politicians who receive donations based renewable energy technologies. just got back from the annual Von Ruden Men’s Fish- I about family - and also about what’s coming up for WFU and Wisconsin farmers. from providers) have an interest in the enormous profits that come from keep- ing things the way they are. The tour will feature local farms and businesses that are active in developing renewables, and discussions with Ger- ing Weekend, and With WFU, I get to travel through- Our current state leadership has man farmers about how these ideas are the fishing was good out Wisconsin, and I am continually shown too little interest in developing being implemented in Europe.- lots of good-sized sunfish and a few reminded how exceptional our state is future technologies or promoting local There are exciting things happeningcrappies. It was a little rainy on Marsh- with its history of combining agricul- ownership of energy resources. One in Spain and Germany with communitymiller Lake, but that usually makes for tural production with sound land and provision in the Budget Repair Bill, for and cooperatively owned wind farmsgood fishing and means a little less water stewardship. There is always a example, allows for selling state owned and the development of biogas produc-stress from leaving my farm. need to balance profitability with re- heating/cooling/power plants to private tion. Germany has been able to bring sponsibility in farming, or any busi- contractors without the need for any biogas production to a smaller, fam- ness, but our history of preserving nat- bidding process and without any real ily farm/cooperative scale, and is now ural resources while also providing for definition of whether the sale is in the the world leader in biogas production Permit No. 203 Eau Claire, WI U.S. Postage PRSRT STD economic opportunity has proven that public interest. with almost 4,000 plants operating and this balance can be achieved. Another example is Governor Walk- 1,000 more set to open within a year. I do, sadly, think that some current er’s decision to stop the conversion of If I’m still here in 50 years, I want Paid policy proposals at the state level are Madison’s Charter Street Power Plant to be able to tell future Von Ruden’s, taking us away from this traditional from coal to biomass, and instead to at the annual fishing weekend, that this perspective and vision. use only natural gas. This decision may old man and Wisconsin Farmers Union Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America Nowhere is this more apparent than save money up front, but it undercut the had the vision to invest in local, sus- in the proposed state policies for meet- work of numerous private and public tainable and profitable energy for our Wisconsin Division (Wisconsin Farmers Union) ing our future energy needs. With fuel partners to develop a biomass produc- still healthy family farms and lakes. and virtually all other input costs up tion and distribution system that would significantly, farmers remain trapped have kept energy profits and jobs in ru- Chippewa County June Dairy Days on a familiar cost/price treadmill - ral Wisconsin. sending our local dollars to support oil In last month’s WFU newsletter, Farmers appreciation company profits, and then hoping that Daryl Ray (University of Tennessee) chicken Dinner the prices we receive for our products looked at the potential for our farms Wed. June 15th from 5-9pm will be high enough to cover our costs. to regain their traditional role as both at the northern WI State We can get off this treadmill, of food and energy producers. Doing this faIrgroundS. Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 Return Service Requested course, and begin planning a future for will require mixing new and old tech- Wfu haS a lImIted number of our farms that is based on sustainable nologies, and a commitment to broad tIcketS avaIlable. and locally controlled energy sources. participation and investment by farm- 117 W. Spring St. Most people I talk to agree with this vi- ers. It will also require the political will tIcketS muSt be pIcked up In the State offIce by June 14. sion of the future, yet we continue to to push for new public policies. accept our short-sighted dependence That’s why we are busy getting ready call uS today at 715-723-5561 on oil and coal. Perhaps, in part, this for the Renewable Energy Road Show to reServe yourS!
  2. 2. Page 2 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011Capitol Roundup Home Grown Cow teams up with NFU to provide farmers By Kara Slaughter Background on Renewable Energy Government Relations Purchasing Requirements for Utilities Under current law, each electric util- with E-Commerce opportunities ity has to purchase a certain percentage of its power from renewable sources By John Aikman concept of knowing where the food on H ere some of the are current topics that each year. Even though this “Renew- able Portfolio Standard” (RPS) is cal- Home Grown Cow CEO one’s table comes from. Consumers can browse farms by product, farm practices, farm size, and culated on an annual basis, utilities are Wisconsin Farmers location, thus being afforded transpar-at the Capitol: Union is following allowed to “bank” renewable energy credits for up to four years. Rather than having to buy exactly 10 percent renew- A t the end of the summer last year, I met ency and choice when it comes to the meat and cheese on their table. How- Tell the Governor to Support ables each year, utilities can choose to ever, despite the growing demand forPACE and Buy Local, Buy Wiscon- with Wisconsin purchase extra renewable credits in one farm-direct meat from family farms,sin! Farmers Union to year, and then redeem those credits up many consumers are unsure of how to Farmers spoke, and the legislature introduce a new virtual farmer’s mar- to four years later in order to meet their find and purchase directly from them.listened! On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, ket for meat, poultry and cheese called renewable energy requirements. Farms on the other hand are often toothe Legislative Joint Finance Commit- Home Grown Cow. With the support The current policy strikes a balance busy, on too tight a budget or lackingtee voted to preserve two important of WFU, Home Grown Cow and NFU between giving utilities some flexibil- information about how to attract theseprograms for Wisconsin agriculture: have developed an alliance to alert ity in when they purchase renewable customers or engage in Internet Mar-the Purchase of Agricultural Conserva- Farmers Union producers about a credits, and also encouraging new re- keting.tion Easements (PACE) program in the great opportunity to participate in e- newable energy development by lim- Home Grown Cow’s features forWorking Lands Initiative, and the Buy Commerce, and to share with Home iting the banking of large numbers of farmers include marketing, credit cardLocal, Buy Wisconsin program. Grown Cow producers the benefits of credits for use in future years. Nearly processing, order conveyance and The Joint Finance Committee voted Farmers Union membership. all states with an RPS have a limit on shipping facilitation. Both “Farmer”15-1 to restore the Buy Local, Buy is a Wiscon- renewable credit banking through an and “Eater” are protected by HomeWisconsin Program, and to fund it at sin-based web site that provides meat, expiration date or some other mecha- Grown Cow’s payment “safety net”90% of the funding level for the 2009- poultry and cheese producers with a nism. which keeps consumers’ billing in-2010 biennium. The committee also full-service e-commerce sales channel Proposed Measure would Diminish formation safe and protects farmersvoted 16-0 to preserve the PACE pro- nationwide. It costs nothing for farm- Utilities’ Annual Renewable Require- by ensuring customer commitment.gram and to fund the first round of 16 ers to participate, is available to farm- ment Farmers can also list pre-order itemsPACE contracts from 2010 with up to ers without Internet access, and opens Alas, Assembly Bill 146 would al- well ahead of time to help manage in-$5.2 million from the Knowles-Nelson a national marketplace for farmers low utilities to bank renewable energy ventory.Stewardship Fund. The PACE program and consumers anywhere in the U.S. credits without any time limit whatso- to come together.will remain on the books for the future, ever. This means that a utility could Home Grown Cow is live and ac-but the budget does not allocate any Home Grown Cow offers meat, meet its annual renewable requirement tively recruiting farms to support –funding for PACE contracts in 2011 or poultry and cheese producers the op- by using credits for renewable energy hence the new relationship with Na-2012 due to the current budget short- portunity to list their farms, include that was generated years, or even de- tional Farmers Union. The demandfall. a brief profile on their operation, list cades, earlier. This defeats one of the is there and we need as many farm- The next step: making sure that the their products, and set their own price major purposes of having a renewable ers as possible looking to add to theirgovernor signs these provisions of the for direct purchase by consumers. It’s portfolio standard, which is to ensure revenue stream and sell their productsbudget proposal into law. Give the free for farmers to sign-up and farmers that there will be a reasonably steady through Home Grown Cow, so wegovernor’s office a call today – (608) can choose how much of the modest market for renewable energy over the can begin marketing to consumers in266-1212 – and ask that the governor service fee that is built into the retail course of time. If there is one thing we earnest and successfully support thesupport the Joint Finance Committee’s price is paid by the farmer and how don’t need, it is energy markets that are whole group. Once we get going thebipartisan recommendation to restore much is paid by the consumer. even more volatile than they are now! number of farms and cheese produc-the PACE program and the Buy Local, With consumers paying as much as This bill will be scheduled for a ers that we welcome and support canBuy Wisconsin program. $28.00/lb for beef in retail stores, and hearing very soon. If you are interested be limitless. Assembly Bill 146: Devaluing the a predicted $4.2 billion dollars to have in testifying at the hearing, please con- been spent on food, beverages and petRenewable Energy Portfolio Stan- tact me at kslaughter@wisconsinfarm-dard food online in 2010* there is growing or 608-514-4541 and I demand from consumers everywhere A bill has been introduced in the will let you know as soon as the hearingWisconsin Assembly that would seri- for food that comes directly from the Find Home Grown Cow at NFU’s Al- is scheduled. All WFU members are farm. Studies also show that more thanously diminish the existing state Re- liances page ( encouraged to call or email Assembly eight in ten consumers say they trustnewable Energy Portfolio Standard. liances) representatives and ask them to oppose smaller scale farms to produce safe nu- *Global market review of online groceryThe practical effect of the bill would be Assembly Bill 146. The key message:that renewable energy markets would tritious food**. Home Grown Cow is retailing –forecasts to 2014: Chap- This bill will make renewable energy here to help family farms prevent their ter 4, Consumer dynamics, Jonathanbecome more volatile, and very few markets less stable, and will discour-new renewable energy projects would share of the retail dollar from shrink- Thomas. Just -Food. Bromsgrove age the development of new renewable ing even more than it has over recent **Food and Farming 2004 Roper Publicbe constructed in Wisconsin. energy sources in the state. Affairs/NOP World decades and revive the once-common
  3. 3. WFU News | June2010 Fall 2011 Farmers union news Page 3Wisconsin Farmers Union asks legislature to reconsider budgetprovision that undermines Credit UnionsL ast week the Joint Finance Committee passed a measure that would make it easier to convert acredit union directly to a bank. There were no public members know that a vote on conversion is taking place, and that they have the information they need to cast an informed vote.hearings on this proposal, nor were any credit unions The new provision only requires a simpleor credit union members given an opportunity to majority of those present at any given meetingcomment on the proposal. to vote in favor of conversion. It would allow “This is a major law change that will undermine for a very rapid conversion from a creditthe stability of credit unions,” said Wisconsin Farmers union to a bank, without allowing time forUnion President Darin Von Ruden. “That’s why we’re members of the credit union to understandasking lawmakers to remove this proposed change the implications of conversion, or even knowfrom the biennial budget, and take time to consider that the conversion is taking place. In short, itwhether the measure is in the best interest of the would facilitate the process of investor-owned Providing high quality organicstate.” banks taking over the state’s profitable credit There are over 220 credit unions in the state of certification and grassfed verification unions.Wisconsin, many of which are headquartered or have “Credit unions have always been an services to producers and processorsbranches in rural areas and farming communities. excellent source of loans, financial education,These communities are often under-served by and general support for Wisconsin’s farmersinvestor-owned banks. “Credit unions are an important and rural residents,” said Von Ruden. “Forpart of a diverse and competitive financial industry in these reasons, Wisconsin Farmers Union calls PO Box 821rural Wisconsin,” said Von Ruden. “We should not be upon members of the legislature to safeguard 122 W. Jefferson Streetmaking it easier for investor-owned banks to gobble the future of the state’s credit unions by Viroqua, WI 54665up locally-owned credit unions.” removing the credit union conversion language In cases where conversion from a credit union to from the omnibus budget package. Creating a 608-637-2526a bank is appropriate, the existing methods under new method to disassemble Wisconsin’s credit Fax: 608-637-7032current law are workable and have been successfully unions is unnecessary and unwise.” Email: mosa@mosaorganic.orgused by state credit unions in the past. Current state www.mosaorganic.orglaw contains safeguards to ensure that credit union Wisconsin Farmers Union neWsA publication of the Wisconsin Farmers Union 117 W. Spring Street Chippewa Falls WI 54729 715-723-5561 www.wisconsinfarmersunion.comNewsletter edited by Amanda Kollwitz& Cathy StatzDirect all comments and questions to theWFU state office.Layout and design by John BalgaardBulk Rate postage paid at Eau Claire, WI WFU BOARD OF DIRECTORS Janet Nelson Darin Von Ruden District 1 President 715-455-1755 District 5 608-634-4695 Dennis Rosen Secretary Patty Edelburg District 2 District 6 715-265-4519 715-445-2003 Wayne Danielson Richard Keller Treasurer District 7 District 3 608-437-5122 715-289-3660 W. Michael Slattery Craig Myhre District 8 Vice President 920-863-2996 District 4 715-983-2167 Mark Liebaert At-Large 715-398-5234 Printed by: Leader Printing • Eau Claire, WI
  4. 4. Page 4 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011 Did You Know? Farmers Union Membership Saves Money on The Live Oak Tree-Farmers Hotel Stays Union’s Organizational Structure There is now another way that your membership in Farmers Union benefits you – a special savings of 20% at more than 6,000 hotels across the country. By Nick Mahr the National Farmers Union. Next, Farmers Union has partnered with Wyndham Hotel Group to provide this discount to our members, a Membership Coordinator another camper stands behind with discount that is not available to the general her arms wide. These branches G public. Farmers Union members will receive a 20 rassroots. Member-driven. represent the state and local units. percent discount off the lowest regularly Local. It seems every organi- Then another camper joins the tree available public rate. This means a savings even zation and movement claims these with her hands out and waving. compared to services like and Expedia. And the discount extends well beyond Wyndham values recently. But to Farmers Those waving hands represent the branded hotels to all of the chains in the WHG system – including: Ramada Worldwide, Days Inn, Union they are far more than the leaves. The leaves on the tree rep- Wingate Inn, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Super 8, Baymont Inn, Microtel Inns and Suites, Hawthorn most recent buzz words. They rep- resent Farmers Union members, as Suites and Knights Inn locations. resent the structure of the organi- there are always young and new zation, and have since its inception members to regenerate the orga- There are two easy ways to access this Farmers Union discount: in 1902. nization. Finally, we add a camper Rather than a top-down approach sitting down in front of our tree Online Toll Free to activism, Farmers Union’s poli- to represent how Farmers Union Visit the National Farmers Union website at 877-670-7088 cies start with the members and policy is deeply rooted in rural and look for the link under “Why should I join” – or go directly to gather strength and voice as they America. Each hotel chain will be available from the menu. grow through the local, county, While it may not be practical to The discount code is provided when booking Please call the State Office for the discount code at 800-272-5531 state, and national level. The Live pantomime an oak tree when asked online Oak Tree, the emblem of the Farm- to explain how Farmers Union Advance reservations are required to guarantee the discounted rate. ers Union, is an excellent symbol works, the analogy is useful. Espe- of this struc- cially important is the idea of ener- ture, and is ap- gy traveling in through the leaves, propriate em- like ideas flow in from members. blem for many Another helpful metaphor is that other reasons. strength is drawn from the trunk, For more information contact the Wisconsin Farmers Union Office at 715-723-5561 or 800-272-5531. This tree is much like how National Farmers predominantly Union provides a unified political found in the force that positively affects nation- South, espe- al and international agricultural Hard Cheeses cially in Texas, policy. Cottage Cheeses where Farmers A great example of our com- Sour Creams Union originated. Live Oak trees bined strength is the recent change Dairy Dips do not lose all their leaves in the allowing approved state-inspected Yogurts winter and their leaves stay green. plants to sell meat across state and more. This emblem also demonstrates lines. Individual members of a how the organization gathers en- local unit noticed a problem and Farmer-owned for over 100 Years. ergy from the individual members, proposed solutions. Their proposal Converting rBST-free* and certified-Organic** represented by the leaves, and gained support from the state and milk from our member-owners into channels that into a strong national national organization. By work- value-added dairy food products. organization. ing in cooperation with our state *No significant difference has been shown between milk from rBST-treated or non rBST-treated cows. **Certified Organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA). At Farmers Union summer and national organization, those camps, a popular way of teaching individual members were able to this structure is to have the campers accomplish change. Like the Live Follow us on play the parts of the tree. Starting Oak Tree, Farmers Union is alive Facebook and Twitter with one child standing tall with and growing, just as the organi- her hands at her sides, we explain zation’s founders hoped it always how the trunk of the tree represents would be.
  5. 5. WFU News | June2010 Fall 2011 Farmers union news Page 5 NFU Fall Fly-in Scholarship Opportunity N ational Farmers Union is organizing a Fall Legislative Fly-In on Septem- ber 12-14, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Fly-ins allow our members to gather in the nation’s capital and help acquaint members of Congress with the chal- lenges family farmers and ranchers currently face across rural America. These visits provide an excellent opportunity for producers to tell lawmak- ers firsthand how current government policy has an impact on them and others in their area. Fly-in participants can share a personal story and put a human face on how decisions in Washington, D.C. affect both producers and consum- ers across the United States. To apply for a Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) Fly-In scholarship, appli- cants must be a WFU member and a first-time fly-in participant. Those inter- ested should send a 200-250 word essay on why they would like to attend the NFU fly-in and email the essay, along with your name, address, and telephone number to with a subject of “2011 Fall Fly- in Scholarship” or mail to the WFU State Office, c/o Fly-In Scholarship, 117 West Spring Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54701. The winner(s) of the WFU Fly-In Scholarship will be expected to report on their experience at the WFU State Convention in Wausau, Wis., on January 27-29, 2012.
  6. 6. Page 6 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011WFU Welcomes Summer Camp Staff By Cathy Statz tration and information systems student at UW Education Director Eau Claire, and was a key staff person for dairy breakfasts last year. Char Meier of Cross Plains is back as our S chool is getting out and summer is coming in, so sign up for camp fun Camp Nurse, and Noel Capra of Chippewa Falls and Joan Stuart of Colfax are returning as Camp Cooks. We’re also pleased to have a number at WFU Kamp Kenwood! of Senior Campers assisting as Counselors-In- We’ll continue to register Training during the younger camps and out-campers throughout the summer, but space is reach events; Kaia Rubin of Madison and Sarah and Big Brothers Big Sisters to our programlimited, so send in your forms today. Henderson of Eau Claire will be helping out at this summer. Maddie Gehrig, a psychology and Are you ready to introduce the Farmers Union various points during the season. Spanish major at the University of Minnesotacamp experience to younger kids in the fam- We are welcoming a number of new staff this Morris, is looking forward to returning to herily, or want to enjoy a little time away with the year. After having spent many years as a camper, native Chippewa Falls to join us as well.grandkids? Sign up for Family Camp! Join us Louie Fisher of Stockholm will be serving as a We have a great camp staff with varied skillsAugust 12-13, immediately following the Ju- counselor. Jesse Davis and Kristen Yeager both and talents this summer! Look for us at dairynior 2 Camp. This casual overnight experience learned about Farmers Union Camp while vol- breakfasts and other outreach events around theis a great way to introduce younger children and unteering at Kamp Kenwood with the Alpha Phi state, and we hope to see many of you at Kampgrandchildren to the tradition of summer camp. Omega service fraternity of at UW Eau Claire. Kenwood!Cost for Family Camp is $65 for one adult and Jesse is from Green Bay and is studying scienceup to two elementary-aged children; addition- and Spanish. Kristen, who will serve as our camp Follow us onal adults $25 each; additional youth $15 each. lifeguard, is an education major from Wausau Facebook and TwitterPrintable camp registration forms can be found focusing on science and history. UW River Fallsin the newsletter, online at www.wisconsinfarm- student Tim Emahiser from Plymouth, or can be requested from the WFU sota will bring his experience with Cub Scoutsoffice. We are happy to welcome backsome of last year’s summer campstaff, as well as to introduce somenew counselors. Returning as Assistant CampDirector is Nick Mahr of Stanley.Nick has also been working forWFU as membership coordinator.He is a former camper and SeniorYouth Advisory Council member,and has served on staff at the NFUAll-States Leadership Camp inBailey, Colorado. Joining him are fellow AssistantCamp Directors Krist Kvalheimand Mitch Salzwedel, both of SunPrairie. Krist is finishing a termof student teaching in ag educa-tion, and Mitch is joining us aftera late May paddling trip to Ontariorelated to his geology/hydrology/environmental studies work. Bothare students at UW River Falls andmembers of the Collegiate FarmersUnion there. Also returning to staffis Allison Krosnoski of GlenwoodCity. Allison is a business adminis-
  7. 7. WFU News | June2010 Fall 2011 Wisconsin Farmers Union 2011 Summer Camp Schedule Kamp Kenwood Farmers union news 2011 Kamp Kenwood RegistRationCamper Name: Camp Session (circle): Jr 1/JH 1 Jr 2 Jr 3 JH 2 SEN ACORN FAMGender (circle): M F Age at camp start date: Birthdate: High School Graduation Year:Camper Email: Cabin Buddy (optional):Parent(s): Parent Email: wisconsinfarmersunion.comDay Phone: Eve Phone: Cell:Address/City/State/Zip:Diet (circle): Vegetarian Vegan Other Accommodation (please contact us) Household (circle): Farm Rural Small Town UrbanAre you a member of a co-op and/or credit union? (Please list): How did you learn about us?Amount Enclosed (include at least ½ of camp fee, PLUS WFU family membership ($30) paid in full for non-members): Page 7Remainder to be paid by ():  Parent (before or at camp)  County FU  Co-op (provide name):
  8. 8. Page 8 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011 Get on the (Biodiesel) Bus! W isconsin Farmers Union, in con- junction with National Farmers Union and Minnesota and South Da- in Sun Prairie, Virent Energy Systems in Madison, and more. Whether you have a biofuels business idea your-June 4 June 17-19 kota Farmers Union, will be hosting self or are just curious what biofuelsJackson county Dairy Breakfast miDWest reneWaBLe energy fair a “Renewable Energy Road Show” are all about, this tour is for you! Theeric anD Lori PruDLick famiLy farm custer (east of steVens Point) on July 1, 2011. Tour participants tour will start and end in Madison, butW16657 us HWy 10, osseo June 18 Portage county June Dairy BruncH will have the chance to visit farms there will also be the option to hop onJune 4 skinner Dairy farm and businesses in Wisconsin that are the bus at Richland Center.Vernon county Dairy Breakfast 4909 cLoVer rD, Junction city producing and using biodiesel andsteVe anD Joann HumfeLD farm other bio-based transportation fuels. Interested? Contact Kara Slaughter(Wfu memBers) June 18e4798 stafsLien Lane, cHaseBurg La crosse county Dairy Breakfast The event will be a great chance for for more information or to sign up: LasH LanD Dairy farmers, researchers, entrepreneurs, kslaughter@wisconsinfarmersunion.June 4 W1968 DaVis creek rD, minDoro and public officials to exchange ideas com; 608-514-4541.Barron county Dairy Breakfast on how to move the bio-based econ-Brent/tara young & DarryL/ June 19BarBara young farm LoyaL ffa aLumni Dairy Breakfast omy forward. It will also be a lot of Renewable Energy Road Show:552 9½ -10½ street, DaLLas PauL Bugar trucking FUN! There is no cost to participate Date: July 1, 2011 W2944 state HWy 98, LoyaL in the tour, and lunch and snacks are Time: 8 AM to 3:30 PMJune 5 included. (end time is approximate)maratHon county Dairy Breakfast June 19 Cost: FREE, due to generoussam anD Jen Zimmermann farm marsHfieLD ffa aLumni Dairy Breakfast The tour will feature visits to Or- support from sponsors.e2259 county rD Q, ringLe seeHafer acres ganic Valley in La Farge, Derr Farms m243 HWy 97, marsHfieLDJune 5stratforD ffa aLumni June Dairy Breakfast June 25country aire BaLLroom oZaukee county Breakfast on tHe farmcorner of HWy P anD HWy 97, stratforD Jim anD sHerri meLicHar farm 3990 WiLLoW Ln, Port WasHingtonJune 10Breakfast in tHe VaLLey July 11ec exPo center tayLor county Day camP would like to invite you to5530 fairVieW DriVe, eau cLaire meDforD “A Summer Happening”June 11 July 15Dane county Breakfast on tHe farm maratHon county Day camP Sunday, August 14Haag famiLy farm maratHon Park, Wausau6868 BuetHin roaD, Dane July 13-17 11:00 am to 4:00 pmJune 11 nortHern Wisconsin state fairPoLk-Burnett eLectric co-oP cHiPPeWa faLLs73rD annuaL meeting WFU Kamp Kenwoodunity scHooL July 29 19161 79th Ave. - Chippewa Falls1908 HWy 46, BaLsam Lake Dane county farmers union Day camP 11am-3Pm, manLey farm BarnJune 11 2144 cty t, sun Prairiesauk county Dairy Breakfast WFU’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for family farmers, ruralkinnamon riDge Dairy July 30 communities and all people through educational opportunities will bes3175 WHite rD, reeDsBurg kickaPoo country fair visible through the increased awareness of sustainable agriculture and by organic VaLLey HeaDQuarters exploring energy options and practical solutions to our everydayJune 12 one organic Way, La farge challenges.stanLey-BoyD tHorP ffa Dairy BreakfastJoHn anD Laurie Jo LeWanDoWski farm August 14 “A Summer Happening” will provide a day of family fun activities,n 14085 tieman aVe (cty rD n), tHorP Wfu summer HaPPening education and clean living options for residents across the state at WFU’s kamP kenWooD Kamp Kenwood, located next to Lake Wissota in Chippewa County.June 12st. croix farmers union famiLy Picnic August 15J-c croes farm Dane county farmers union2264 200tH st., Deer Park Day on tHe farm – noon-6Pmnoon PotLuck, kiDs’ actiVities & sWimming annuaL Picnic – 6Pm HincHLey farmJune 15 2844 HWy 73, camBriDgefarmers aPPreciation cHicken DinnernortHern Wi state fairgrounDs August 155-9Pm cHiPPeWa faLLs cHamBer of commerce Business after Hours *** If you are interested in being a vendor/exhibitor, please contact the State Office @ 800-272-5531June 15 kamP kenWooDVernon eLectric co-oPmemBer aPPreciation Picnic JAnuAry 27-29, 20123-7Pm Wfu state conVention Wausau, Wi
  9. 9. WFU News | June2010 Fall 2011 Farmers union news Page 9 Thanks to our farmers for all of the cooperative work they do!Dunn Energy Cooperative St. Croix Electric CooperativeEnergy thru Excellence A Touchestone® CooperativeBarron Electric Cooperative Vernon Electric Co-opServing the rural area for 75 years Your Touchstone Energy® Partner - www.vernonelectric.orgMedford Cooperative Vernon Telephone CooperativeCelebrating 100 years of service! Westby – 608-634-3136Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative WCCU Credit UnionYour Partner for energy solutions, Westby, Viroqua, Richland Center, Reedsburg, CashtonLakeland Cooperative ServicesProudly Serving Northwest WisconsinCentral Wisconsin Cooperative Farmer’s Share of Retail Food DollarStratford, Marshfield, Auburndale, Chile Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive only 15.8* cents of every food dollar that consumers spend on food at home and away from home?Taylor Credit UnionWhere your money works as hard as you do According to USDA, off farm costs including marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing account for more than 80 cents of every food dollar spent in the United States.Viroqua Food CooperativeYour community connection for local food Bacon Top Sirloin Steak Bread Fresh Carrots Beer 1 Pound 1 Pound 1 Pound 3 Pounds 6-Pack CansOconto Electric CooperativeCo-ops are better www.ocontoelectric.comHixton-Fairchild Farmers Co-opFairchild-Hixton-HumbirdGreenville Cooperative Retail: $5.49 Retail: $8.49 Retail: $3.89 Retail: $3.30 Retail: $6.49 Farmer: $0.92 Farmer: $1.85 Farmer: $0.20 Farmer: $1.39 Farmer: $0.04920-757-6556Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Cereal Cheddar Cheese Eggs Flour Boneless Ham 18 Ounce Box 1 Pound 1 Dozen 5 Pounds Price per PoundYour Pathway to the WorldEau Claire Energy Cooperativewww.ecec.comConsumers Co-op OilSauk City - 608-643-3301 Retail: $4.39 Retail: $5.49 Retail: $2.89 Retail: $2.99 Retail: $3.99Barron Mutual Insurance Farmer: $0.09 Farmer: N/A Farmer: $0.82 Farmer: $0.98 Farmer: $0.92715-537-5141 Lettuce Milk Potato Chips Fresh Potatoes Soda 1 Head (2 Pounds) 1 Gallon, Fat Free Lays Classic, 11oz Russet, 10 Pounds Two Liter BottleJump River Electric Co-opLadysmith ~ Hayward Your Touchstone Energy® PartnerOakdale Credit UnionWe treat you like a member of the familyOrganic Valley Retail: $2.79 Retail: $4.39 Retail: $3.49 Retail: $5.49 Retail: $1.09Farmer-Owned Farmer: $0.40 Farmer: $1.67 Farmer: $0.22** Farmer: $0.78** Farmer: $0.10Cochrane Cooperative Telephone Farmer’s share derived from USDA, NASS “Agricultural Prices,” 2011.Serving Buffalo City, Cochrane, and Waumandee Retail based on Safeway (SE) brand except where noted. *Figure according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research ServiceBarron Farmers Union Co-op **Reflects April 2011 prices.Propane, Fuel, Oil, Truck stop 715-537-3181AgStar Financial Services May 31, 2011866-577-1831
  10. 10. Page 10 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011 “I can count on WESTconsin!” Small businessperson and farmer Ron Meyer knows that success is all in the details. There is a bank two miles from his house. Yet he chooses to drive the extra miles to do business with the staff at Federally insured by NCUA (800) 924-0022 | WESTconsin Credit Union. View Ron’s full story— Amery | Baldwin | Barron | Hudson | Menomonie Member Stories at New Richmond | Prescott | River Falls | Spring Valley
  11. 11. WFU News | June2010 Fall 2011 Farmers union news Page 11 June Dairy Month Quiz (answers located on page 15) 5. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products every day. On average, how many servings of milk products do Americans eat daily? Compiled by Diane Tiry with the help of and A) 2 B) 1.5 C) 1 the University of Illinois Extension Website. 1. How many pounds of milk does a cow produce in one month? 6. How many gallons of milk does the average American drink each year? A) 1,800 pounds B) 3,000 pounds C) 2,100 pounds A) 5 B) 19 C) 31 2. How many glasses of milk does a cow produce each day? 7. How many girls, ages 9-13, do NOT get enough calcium every day? A) 45 B) 90 C) 180 A) 1 out of 10 B) 5 out of 10 C) 9 out of 10 3. Which cow breed weighs the most? 8. Which cheese is the most widely purchased and consumed in the world? A) Jersey B) Brown Swiss C) Holstein A) Mozzarella B) Swiss C) Cheddar 4. Calcium is widely available in milk and milk products like cheese and yogurt 9. Super Bowl Sunday rates as the number one day for consumption of: as well as in dark green leafy vegetables like kale. How many servings of kale A) Cheese curds B) Pizza C) Ham and cheese sandwiches would you have to eat to get about the same calcium from a glass of milk? 10. More than __________ new dairy products are introduced every year. A) 3 B) 1 C) 5 A) 1000 B) 10 C) 100 11. America’s favorite ice cream flavor is: A) Butterscotch Revel B) Chocolate C) Vanilla 12. Plastic milk bottles were first introduced in the United States in: A) 1965 B) 1967 C) 1969Agronomy • grAin • EnErgy • LumbEr • HArdwArE • ConvEniEnCE StorE • Auto rEpAir • FEEd Animal Feed & Nutrition The Area Leader for Animal NutritionWe have a balanced feed program for both large & small animals (Available in bag or bulk) Forage Analysis • Ration Balance • Custom Mixes Feed Premier quality on your Farm Bloomington Lancaster Prairie du Chien Arthur (608) 994-2737 (608) 723-2590 (608) 326-8771 (608) 943-8301 Mineral Point Hollandale Black Earth Darlington (608) 987-3100 (608) 967-2212 (608) 767-2581 (608) 776-4046 Agronomy Centers Maximum utilization of your fields and enhanced uniform yields with our agronomy products. We offer a complete line of products: Crop Nutrients • Crop Protection Products • Seed • Lime Services: Custom Application • Precision Ag • Soil Sampling • 590 Plans Fennimore Bloomington Lancaster Platteville (608) 822-3449 (608) 994-3131 (608) 723-7023 (608) 348-2665 Eastman Hazel Green Mt. Horeb Mazomanie (608) 874-4868 (608) 854-2802 (608) 437-5536 (608) 767-3801
  12. 12. Page 12 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011 Replacing the “buffer” created by world’s starving and hungry with a grain buffer By: Daryll Ray & Harwood Schaffer the issue in the light of the 2007-8 price spike reduction comes not from cattle feeding and and the subsequent developments leading up to ethanol production, but from reducing the ef- T he issue of high and volatile agricultural a second price spike in early 2011.” commodity prices and its causes and im- Africa’s Calling, In the has The paper makes it clear that the world pacts has been the subject of numerous publi- buffer stocks one way or the other. pe- fective demand of people who are living on the margin of food insecurity. These numbers do not include the 800 plus million food insecure Will You Answer? cations and meetings over the last three years riod before 1996—China is another story— who are consistently excluded from purchas- including Dakar Agricole 2011, a meeting that governments in developed countries held re- ing grain because they lack the funds to do we spoke of in last week’s column. Before serve stocksNCBA Farmer-to-Farmer Program NFU is working with the of storable grains which became so or the resources necessary to produce their to send American farmers & agribusiness professionals to continuing with our discussion of that meet- available to the market at times when the price own food. ing, we would like to establish a foundation agricultural development projects in Senegal do 2-3 week exceeded some pre-determined level. This re- As McCreary says, “The dynamic is [mor- for that discussion by reviewing a paper writ- The Program is sponsored by the U.S.needs of the and Niger. lease of grain met the demand Agency for ally] unacceptable.” International Development. ten for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, The pa- consumers and calmed jittery markets, head- After going through a systematic analysis of per, “Protecting the Food Insecure in Volatile ing off a spike like those seen in expenses. The Program pays all assignment-related 2007-8 and the reasons why crop markets are vulnerable International Markets,” was authored by Ian early 2011. Volunteers should not have to to volatility, especially as trade increases, Mc- McCreary, an economist and former director With the eliminationof their own money inan pay any of these policies and Creary argues for different stock policies for order to participate. of the Canadian Wheat Board. By way of dis- increase in international agricultural trade, Mc- different grains: closure, Daryll received and commented on an Creary writes, “as Interested? and consumption production E-mail NFU at ■ “Maize/Corn - a biofuel set aside program earlier draft of the paper. increases, poor and vulnerable people become is suggested. Either through variable mandates The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a coali- the buffer for an ever larger pool of cereal pro- or by bidding production off the market, assur- Farmer-to-Farmer tion of all of the major Canadian churches. The duction and consumption.” ances must be provided to the global economy paper was commissioned because the churches The buffer stock that once was a storable that biofuel production will be adjusted when were “alarmed at the realization that sudden grain has now Volunteer Program at become a buffer stock of peo- food supplies become critically tight. food price spikes had the potential to cast mil- ple who are moved out of theNFU/NCBA demand market ■ “Wheat - a coordinated fixed quantity lions of people into chronic food insecurity.” whenever the price is beyond their reach. The multilateral reserve representing 1-2% of glob- They believed that “such price induced food buffer stock now has a human face. And that al use is recommended. crises quickly overwhelm any of the gains face is hundreds of millions of people who ■ “Rice - small regional reserves are recom- made by the recent decades of effort to reduce are marginally food-secure and can become mended. Rice is thinly traded and there would hunger in developing countries.” food insecure any time the price rises out of not be confidence that a reserve centrally held Specifically, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank their reach. Demand is reduced and the major by exporters would be available to all in the “saw the need to research the issue of reserves, in particular, the history of cereal stock lev- els since the Second World War. Early in this sixty year period there were deliberate food re- Planting the Seeds of Cooperation... serve policies in place, initial- Half a World Away Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer ly as part of the International Program at NFU/NCBA Wheat Agreement, and later as part of the domestic policies of NFU is working with the NCBA Farmer-to- the US and the European Com- Farmer Program to send American farmers and munity. In addition, many devel- agribusiness professionals to do 2-3 week agri- oping countries also maintained cultural development projects in Senegal and food reserves. All of these poli- Niger. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. cies were changed in the 1980s Agency for International Development. Volun- and it had been widely accepted teers work with farmers, producer groups, rural that such policies are no longer businesses, and service providers to develop appropriate. Without prejudg- local capacity necessary to enhance food secu- ing the case, [the Foodgrains rity, increase incomes and economic growth, Bank has] sought to re-examine and address environmental and natural re- source management challenges. The Program pays all assignment-related expenses. Volunteers should not have to pay
  13. 13. WFU News | June2010 Fall 2011 Farmers union news Page 13 event of tight supplies.” cutting off ethanol production may be the logi- lack of effectiveness of a properly implement- He concludes the Executive Summary: “Re- cal first step, we think over the longer term it ed buffer-stock instrument. While it would be serve policy, improved information and trans- makes sense to have a corn reserve sufficient to difficult to eliminate all political influence, an parency, and fair trade rules are only a subset stabilize corn markets without shutting off the independent federal-reserve-like board would of the planks required to improve global food production of biofuels. If corn production in be in a better position to head-off the gradual security. A new Food Assistance Convention the years ahead turns out to respond to the cur- dilution of purpose that plagued US attempts will still be required to guarantee a minimum rent high price signals with increases as large in the past, especially the Farmer Owned Grain amount of food for emergencies and other set- as it appears they could be, that would be an Reserve. tings where food assistance is appropriate. ideal time to set aside a reserve stock of corn. “Donors should continue to accept the price The same holds true for the other grains and the risk of commitments under a new Food Assis- filling of a reserve in a year of high production tance Convention and support stockholding to would have a stabilizing impact on prices that cover their risks. farmers receive. “Public sector investment in productivity for The best insurance against excessive volatil- smallholder agriculture is also required to in- ity is to reinstitute a buffer-stock program suf- crease the resilience of agriculture globally. ficient to assure all grain users of a stable flow “However, none of these food security pro- of the products they need. Farmers can be pro- grams can be expected to be successful if ce- tected by instituting a price band that is wide real prices continue the erratic volatility of the enough to give the market plenty of room to Daryll E. Ray holds the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy, Institute of past four years.” respond to normal changes in supply and de- Agriculture, University of Tennessee, and is the In the end, he also identifies the need to ad- mand while enabling farmers around the world Director of UT’s Agricultural Policy Analysis dress the core issue of price volatility. the opportunity to earn a livelihood from their Center (APAC). Harwood D. Schaffer is a Re- We agree. Where we differ from McCreary work. search Assistant Professor at APAC. (865) 974- is in the size of the reserves and the use of price To us, previous shortcomings of buffer re- 7407; Fax: (865) 974-7298; and bands and release prices. While in the short-run serves were due more to political sabotage than; Feeling Blue over Your Current Insurance Rates? Wisconsin Farmers Union Membership = Insurance Discounts! Exclusive, new program that offers competitive rates while combing enhanced coverage & superior claims handling by experienced farm adjustors! Ed, the “farm kid”, grew up on a farm and “Don-Rick Insurance; a dedicated team whose aim worked at the family farm equipment business. has always been on servicing our growing needs. He is now using that Ag background to give you As all facets of business insurance become more “Better coverage, Better price”! Most farmers complicated in their administration, we will look to are surprised by how little coverage they really Don-Rick for their expertise.” have! It’s time for a free review. Contact Ed to be your personal farm shopper! Chuck Adami, Equity Cooperative Ed Kothbauer, Agent Livestock Sales Association Call Ed today at 608-356-6606 extension 29! Don-Rick Insurance We offer: Farmowners coverage…Farm Auto…Farm Umbrellas…Livestock Protection…Workers Comp…Farm Pollution Liability…Crop Insurance…Health…Life…Disability Income MISSION STATEMENT To offer “old-fashioned” service and “custom-tailored” coverage at an affordable price. We are not out to buy our customers for a year just on price. Our goal is to Earn and Retain our customers with the combination of price, product and service.
  14. 14. Page 14 Farmers union news WFU News | June 2010 Fall 2011Fresh from Farm to TableBy Amy Czerniak Buyer’s advantage with Dakota Pride CooperativeF armers markets are places consum- ers can purchase directly from theproducer with no middleman to com- Price, quality and quantity key factors in successplicate matters. The two original goalsof farmers markets, to bring freshfruits and vegetables to consumers and L ess than 12 years ago, a brand new cooperative was created to market specialty spring wheats The 2010 crop production from Dakota Pride included hard white spring wheat and non-GMO soy-to support small family farms, still re- Wisconsin has a strong background through the North Dakota Mill and beans. “One of the most unique ser-main the base behind current markets. in farmers markets. The Dane County Elevator. Within the first five years, vices we offer is identity preservationRecent years have shown an increase in Farmers Market is the largest in the na- the co-op experienced steady growth and traceability,” said Barth. “Eachthe amount of people selling and shop- tion and has been rated as a top market and started working on building an product’s identity is protected fromping at Wisconsin’s farmers markets. by both Good Housekeeping and Food international sales market. Two years the producer to the end user. Assign-Why? and Wine. There is a waiting list of ago, Dakota Pride had their first soy- ment of lot number by product origin On average, food travels 1500 miles nearly five years to become a vendor bean sale to Japan. This year, Dakota allows for detailed production, stor-from field to kitchen. Buying locally at the Dane County market, but that Pride Cooperative will export 10,000 age and processing information toreduces energy emissions that other- doesn’t mean you can’t get involved orwise occur in the transportation of that bushels of soybeans and has attract- accompany each shipment. This de- begin your own local farmers market infood. Some people think more consum- ed over 200 member-producers with tailed history of product production your local area. Because the number ofers have become aware of the benefits people wishing to sell goods is grow- over 100,000 acres available for pro- offers consumers the ultimate assur-of purchasing locally grown food due ing, waiting lists are fairly common, duction. ance of food safety. It allows the con-to the recent attention the media has but may make it easier to find vendors Executive Director Leland “Judge” sumer to track their food.”been giving to local and organic pro- if you’re interested in starting your own Barth explained, “Dakota Pride Co- The Identity Ag processing facilityduce. The idea of eating healthier is market. In the past ten years, the num- operative is a cooperative of farmers in Bloomer opened on Sept. 1, 2010certainly being promoted and markets ber of farmers markets in the U.S. has growing the highest quality, identity- and is uniquely designed to handlemake it easier to put that idea into prac- increased from 2,863 to 6,132. preserved grains in the world. Right the Dakota Pride Coop business withtice. Farmers markets give consumers Increasing interest has been fueled now, we have non-GMO soybeans, specialized sorting and handlingnot only the opportunity to get to know by technology that makes it easier to hard spring wheat and hard white equipment. The Bloomer locationproducers on a personal level, they also find, start, and promote farmers mar- spring wheat. We’re focusing on dif- specializes in soybeans and glutengive assurance of food quality and pre- kets. Go to ferent things and will provide market free. Most important, Identity Agserve the local food heritage. to learn more about the Farmers Mar- specialty crops grown by co-op mem- Processing is dedicated to processing Reducing the amount of processed ket Promotion Program, which was bers based on buyer specifications.” non-genetically modified commodi-food in the diet has been found to im- created to promote sales directly from He went on to say that the coop- ties.prove health. Food is more nutritious producers to consumers in agricultural erative is attempting to build a suc- Barth concluded, “There’s defi-and tastes better when it is fresh. The markets. FMPP awarded over $4.5 mil- cessful track record with Japan first, nitely a future need and a strong mar-existence of farmers markets means lion in grants in 2009. Additional sup- which will help to open up potential ket for growers to be successful usingthe general public has better access to port and information can be found at markets in other countries like Korea Dakota Pride. We’re hoping to offerhealthful, quality foods. Markets also and Taiwan. production contracts as our interna-promote sustainability, which is de- Currently, members are able to tional relationships are strengthened.fined by Madison’s Research, Educa- Other websites to check out: grow a wide variety of crops includ- It’s an exciting time looking at ourtion, Action, and Policy on Food Group ing: wheat, soybeans, barley, oats, projected growth. ”(REAP) as the methods of growing anddistribution “that protect the environ- peas, flax, canola and durum. Dakota Are you interested in joining Da-ment and support a high quality of life Pride will work with buyers to select kota Pride Cooperative? We are look-in the communities in which food is the ingredient characteristics needed ing for farmers who currently raiseproduced, processed, and distributed.” markets.htm to produce a profitable end product. soybeans that may be interested in Selling goods at farmers markets The co-op will identify varieties of raising about 50 acres of non-GMOprovides a supplemental income for farmersmarkets.html grains and/or oilseeds that buyers food grade soybeans in 2012 for de-vendors. Large, commercial farms have want. The buyer will then be guar- livery to Identity Ag Processing inovershadowed family farms for years, anteed the highest level of identity Bloomer, WI. We want to help thesebut buying produce directly from ven- *Amy Czerniak is a Collegiate Farmers preservation. Producers will grow to producers with raising the proper va- Union member attending UW La Crosse with adors at the market supports their liveli- major in communications. She grew up in the buyer specifications and guarantee riety, applying the proper agronomichood. Studies have found that money Taylor County Farmers Union Juniors, received quality from planting through deliv- practices for their area, and walkingspent in the community tends to stay the Farmers Union Torchbearer Award and was ery. The cooperative will clean, store them thru the entire process of har-in the community, stimulating the local elected to both the WFU and National Farm- and ship all crops using either the vesting, storage and delivery. If this iseconomy. Some studies even estimate ers Union Youth Advisory Councils. A former Identity Ag Processing plant in Cass- something that you would like more WFU camp staff member, Amy was selected asthat when buying local, 85 to 90 cents one of two individuals nationwide to serve as a leton, N.D. or Bloomer, WI. information on, please contact Judgeof each dollar will likely remain in the 2011 summer intern with the National Farmers Barth at 701-220-9418.state. Union office in Washington, DC.