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The Wisconsin Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) funded several innovative grazing-related projects from 2009 to 2011. The Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 Report details the 21 educational projects, 23 technical assistance projects and 10 research projects that supported a variety of grazing-related work.

Click here to read the full report.

The projects, which can last as long as three years, incorporate research-based information and rely on farmer-to-farmer learning. Public events and media coverage of these projects increased general awareness of the benefits of managed grazing to Wisconsin’s rural landscape, communities and economy.

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Neal Martin, director of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin, received the first ever John S. Shenk Memorial Award from the NIRS Forage and Feed Testing Consortium (NIRSC) for his 20 years of service to the organization. The award was presented at the NIRSC annual meeting on Feb. 15.

NIRSC works to promote accuracy, knowledge and application of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) analysis through uniformity, standardization and good practices in order to bring excellence in forage and feed testing to the farmer.    

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In its third year, the AgChat Foundation’s Agvocacy 2.0 event is poised to be its most dynamic social media training opportunity yet.

The conference will be held Aug. 23-24 in Kansas City, Missouri, where farmers and ranchers from across the nation will convene to learn how to better support agriculture and engage with non-farm consumers.

Advocacy 2.0 is hosted by the AgChat Foundation, a primarily volunteer organization that aims to empower farmers and ranchers to “agvocate” by connecting consumers with accurate information about farming and food production using social media.

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Houston-based Mahindra USA, the No. 1 selling tractor in the world based on volume, recently announced the Mahindra dealers that have achieved the level of “Red Carpet” as part of the tractor giant’s first ever Dealer Excellence Program.

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Agricultural equipment manufacturer KUHN Krause, Inc., announced the construction of expanded manufacturing facilities at its location in Hutchinson, Kansas, where the company currently employs more than 300 people.

Construction ground breaking for a high-bay, 70,000-square-foot building expansion is expected to begin sometime in April. The project is scheduled for completion by calendar year-end.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that an additional $1 million in recovery aid will be provided to New York farms that were affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. These funds are Round 2 of the Farm Operation Match Component of the Agriculture and Community Recovery Fund (ACRF).

Grants will go to 97 farms in 18 counties to help replace feed and crops that were damaged by Irene or Lee. The first round of grants awarded $1.3 million to 143 farms in 21 counties.

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