News by sector: Agriculture

Over the past few months, Cooperative Network has attended and participated in several broadband events throughout the state. Among them were the Border to Border Broadband Conference, the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband meeting, and the 2016 Economic Development Conference. First, on September 14, Cooperative Network participated in a conference hosted...

Cooperative Network Director of Government Relations David Ward and other dairy industry leaders participated in a dairy roundtable hosted by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Oct. 11 in Westby, Wisconsin. Vilsack traveled to Westby to discuss dairy industry needs in the areas of trade, safety net programs like the Margin...

Cooperative Network's Farm Supply, Grain, and Fuel Committee met Sept. 7 in Brainerd, Minnesota, in conjunction with the Minnesota Statewide Managers Meeting. Discussion centered on reaction and feedback to Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on the perceived pollinator decline in Minnesota. The gathering featured speakers from the Minnesota Department...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development has awarded $200,000 to the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) and Cooperative Network to provide technical assistance and counseling to more than 150 existing cooperatives and 25 groups interested in forming new cooperative businesses in the Upper Midwest. UWCC...

Stakeholders gathered Sept. 28 at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in Madison to review a draft of the agency’s RevEx (revenues and expenditures) final report, which made recommendations on eight issues pertaining to the future of the Agrichemical Management (ACM) Fund and Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program (ACCP). Among the key recommendations were allowing fee holidays and...

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