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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the death of a local man at a Filer seed processing plant. 

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in early June sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture committees to address areas of concern in the cattle and beef industry. The association had the support of the Wisconsin Cattleman’s Association and 36 other affiliate state cattle organizations. The letter urged the committee leaders to take quick action in several areas.

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OPINION  During June Dairy month it’s a perfect time to have a conversation about how the general public is being misled about the food they consume. As a dairy farmer I’m really glad to see that Wis. Sen. Howard Marklein, R-17-Spring Green, is working on Truth in Food Labeling legislation again. The bills are important to our dairy industry and consumers because they protect our products from fake competitors.

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OPINION  The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the Dairy Business Association and 11 other agricultural-advocacy organizations are calling for quick action to approve three bills designed to protect consumers from misleading labels on imitation “dairy” and “meat” products.

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The year 2021 has been dry in far-northern Wisconsin. Drought maps show part of the area has had normal rainfall. But farms in northern Bayfield County have had little or no rain; fields are abnormally dry. Spring 2021 followed a winter with little snow, hence little ice melt. May was cold and had less-than-normal precipitation.

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The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation recently hired Rachel Gerbitz to serve as its director of sustainability communications and partnerships. In the newly-created role Gerbitz will oversee the organization’s sustainability-communication efforts.

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BRILLION, Wis. – Travis Speirs says he likes calm and quiet at Shiloh Dairy. That’s where he, his family and about 40 employees tend to 2,300 milking cows as well as about the same number of young stock and dry cows.

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BEND, Ore. (AP) – Cate Havstad-Casad, co-owner of Havstad-Casad Family Farms in Jefferson County, Oregon, doesn’t hold back about drought conditions. She’s told legislators in stark terms that Jefferson County farms are starving for water.

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Jeff Hicken, 47, of Waupun, Wisconsin, died June 18, 2021, after suffering medical complications since May 28. A public memorial service will be held June 26 in Waupun for Hicken, the agricultural and natural-resources educational consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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PHOENIX (AP) – Much of the western half of the country has been blasted with sweltering heat this past week. A high-pressure dome combined with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer.

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Hogs stand on sun-baked mud in a pen near South Loop Road in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. Little rain fell the first three weeks of June.

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Vendors line First Street in Bayfield, Wisconsin. The market is held each Saturday morning during summer and early fall.

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Hay is baled along Ondossagon Road near Washburn, Wisconsin. June provided a lot of good weather for making hay.

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Hay is loaded onto trailers along Torkko Road near Washburn, Wisconsin.

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Thimbleberry blossoms show the third week of June on a green-leafy background along the shore of Lake Superior.

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After a year's hiatus, dairy breakfasts are returning to Wisconsin -- America's Dairyland. Enjoy but stay safe. Follow all CDC guidelines.