Marketing with Confidence
Farming today is challenging in many ways. Most of us expect the typical challenges a season can bring, pest pressure, wild weather, and machinery breakdowns. But today more than ever a farmer needs to be able to tackle the challenge of the marketplace. Starting in January, the UW-Madison Division of Extension will be putting on one half an hour webinar a week taking you through the basics of finding your cost of production, understanding your cash flow, and then using this foundational information to make the important decisions about how and when to sell your grains and livestock.
This program series will be a bi-weekly half-hour teaching sessions via Zoom with time for questions afterward. We will have two tracks one focused on grain and the other on livestock. The two tracks will be on opposite weeks. The schedule will be as follows:
Grains: Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:00 am with time for questions following, January 5, 19, February 2, 16, and March 2, 16. To register go to https://go.wisc.edu/9mclkr
Dairy & Livestock: Thursdays from 1:00 to 1:30 pm with time for questions following, January 14, 28, February 11, 25, and March 11, 25. To register go to https://go.wisc.edu/64a5js
Speakers include Brenda Oft from Midwest Market Management, Austin Delong from the Delong Company, and others.
*** New Crop Budget Analyzer****
This is a great tool to help you determine your cost of production for corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
Click HERE for the Excel spreadsheet.
Record Keeping forms
|Record keeping is an important tool that can assist in making production decisions easier and improves the profitability of the farming operation. Attached are two record keeping forms that can assist you:
Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC)
The Wisconsin Premises Registration Act requires anyone who keeps, houses, or co-mingles livestock to register their premises.
WLIC is a multi-species effort led by Wisconsin’s livestock and industry organizations in cooperation with DATCP, USDA, and Extension. Premises registration is the foundation for a national animal ID trace back system.
A database of locations where livestock are produced, raised, and kept will aid animal health officials. For online premise registration or for more information visit the following site, http://www.datcp.state.wi.us/premises/index.jsp
Siting Livestock Operations
|On April 13, 2004, Governor Doyle signed a new law that strikes a balance between growing animal agriculture, protecting the environment, and respecting local decision making.The new law, 2003 Wisconsin Act 235 directs the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to develop a rule that provides a predictable framework for county and municipal decisions to site or expand livestock facilities. To learn more about the new law and its progress, visit their web site.|
Low Cost Energy Savings
|Looking for ways to save some money?The following fact sheets suggest a variety of ways to decrease your electricity costs.(pdf format)|
|The following are lease agreement available for downloading or printing (pdf format)|
|You can never be too safe. The following sites provide information to help protect yourself, your family, visitors and employees|
Wisconsin’s Farm Equipment Custom Rate Guide
The 2017 Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide was compiled by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Wisconsin Field Office, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This summary is the result of a mail survey which collected rates paid by farmers for custom work performed in 2017. The figures are based on reports by farmers who hired custom work, custom operators and farmers who performed custom work, and machinery dealers who rented out equipment. There were 707 reports compiled. Click here for the Custom Rate Guide.
Natasha Paris, Regional Crops Educator
Marquette, Waushara, Green Lake & Adams Counties
UW-Madison Division of Extension
Kathy Ninneman, Fair and Office Coordinator
UW-Madison Division of Extension – Green Lake County
571 County Road A
Green Lake WI 54941-8630