• WisBusiness

Monday, July 11, 2016

MaryBeth Matzek: Farmers taking environmental lead with new initiative

By MaryBeth Matzek
It’s no secret that well contamination is a big concern in Kewaunee County. Most of this northeast Wisconsin county – as well as neighboring Door County – is home to karst bedrock, which makes it easier for liquids to seep through and enter the groundwater.

Researchers suspect leaky, aging septic systems as well as manure applications from local farms have contaminated up to 30 percent of the county’s wells.

So Casco dairy farmer Don Niles and other local farmers took the initiative and launched Peninsula Pride Farms, an environmental stewardship coalition to develop innovative ways to protect and improve ground and surface water through conservation practices and technology.

Niles, a member of a Department of Natural Resources task force studying the issue in Kewaunee County, said he and other farmers want to do their part in addressing the area’s water woes.

“Farmers, by nature, are innovative problem solvers,” he said. “We can be most effective by working toward solutions in a collaborative manner.”

In late June, the DNR’s Groundwater Collaboration Task Force issued a report with several recommendations, including some that Peninsula Pride members were already implementing.

“The report created a road map. The report goes beyond black and white and presents a lot of practical ideas,” Niles said. “It’s also size neutral -- it has good practices that large and small farms can follow.”

So far, more than 35 farmers from Kewaunee and southern Door counties have joined Peninsula Pride Farms. The farmers, who have dairy herds ranging in size from 66 cows to 6,000 cows, teamed up with university researchers and scientists on the initiative. The group is trying to follow the model of the successful Yahara Pride Farms initiative, located near Madison.

“Peninsula Pride has been well accepted by farmers because they were looking for a voice in the solution and coming up with ideas,” Niles said. “The Kewaunee community is supportive, as well, since they were looking for farmers to play a role” in solving the area’s water woes.

Since Peninsula Pride Farms launched earlier this year, they held one field day and are planning another one later this month. At that first field day in April, they discussed the importance of measuring how much soil is above the bedrock and knowing the importance of that number before applying manure to farm fields.

One DNR task force recommendation calls for a ban of spreading of solid manure on soil with less than 12 inches to bedrock and no spreading of liquid manure where there is less than 24 inches of soil to bedrock. Large-scale dairies, or CAFOs, are already not allowed to spread manure on fields with less than 24 inches of soil before hitting bedrock, but small farms can do so.

“As part of the task force, I heard some of these ideas -- like the importance of soil depth above the bedrock if you plan to spread -- and wanted to share those ideas with other farmers so we jumped on that even before the report came out,” Niles said. 

Peninsula Pride has the support of multiple organizations including The Nature Conservatory and scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dennis Frame, who designed the country’s first Discovery Farms Program while at the UW, is helping Peninsula Pride Farms.

“Farmer-led watershed programs have a significant potential to protect water quality because recommendations are coming from people who understand farming and the challenges of making changes to a farming system,” said Frame, who also helped the Yahara Pride organization get off the ground. “This program can bring about dramatic positive changes to farming systems, and I believe that this has the potential, if given adequate time, to be a national model for farmer-led watershed projects.”

Aviation jobs: EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh will host a job fair to bring together aviation employers and job seekers throughout the event’s seven-day run.

The job fair will run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25-July 31 at AirVenture’s Aviation Gateway Park, a part of the event featuring education, innovation and technology. Previously, the job fair ran one day, but it was so successful that AirVenture organizers decided to expand it.

The fair will include companies ranging from airlines to avionics looking to fill their job openings. Worldwide, the industry employs more than 62.7 million, according to EAA’s latest statistics.

Belmark expansion:
Belmark, a De Pere-based converter of pressure sensitive labels, printed flexible packaging and folding cartons, plans to build a new facility in Shawano.

Construction on the 120,000-square-foot, $12 million facility is slated to start next spring, with full production starting by spring 2018. The new plant will include an estimated $24 million in equipment and plan to hire 35 workers when it opens. The number of employees is expected to grow to more than 120 within seven years.

The new Shawano plant will join the four production facilities on Belmark’s DePere campus.

-- Matzek, a freelance writer and editor, is the owner of 1Bizzy Writer. She has worked in the past as a news editor at Insight Publications and as business editor at the Appleton Post-Crescent.

Comments: 29

At July 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM, Blogger Loran Fabyuel said...

Very impressive publication here. Moreover as I see, this question is very actual for many people indeed. Personally I totally agree with author opinion about this subject and I think that it would be really interesting to create such discussion with other this website visitors. Anyway thanks a lot one more time for the great and informative publication. http://awriter.org/essaysharkcom/
And I will definitely be waiting for more such nice posts like this one from you. Kind regards, Peter Rickson.

At July 31, 2016 at 4:41 AM, Blogger Christine JBray said...

Hi! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new
apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to
all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

At August 3, 2016 at 4:58 AM, Blogger Richard Granov said...

Hello! Thanks for inviting me here. I like the way you write and presenting your ideas and views. I hope government and native people can find the solutions. Please keep me updated about any news or changes. If you need any paper assistance - professionals at www.custom-paper-writing.org will help you at any suitable time!

At August 6, 2016 at 5:00 AM, Blogger Network Esquire said...

Tfw you spend more time prrepping your stage intro than the actual match...
Unblocked Games, friv 2 games, abcya

At August 11, 2016 at 5:15 AM, Blogger Linda Rose said...

This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. thank you very much.
Run 3 | Stick Run 2 | Return Man 2
Run 2 | Stick Run | Return Man | run 3 game | run 3 unblocked | Tank Trouble | Tank Trouble 2
Papa's Bakeria | Papa Bakeria | Five nights at Freddy's | Five nights at Freddy's 4

At August 15, 2016 at 5:12 AM, Blogger Alex John said...

I'm more propelled to have a site to give data, for example, the remarkable your online journal.
Using Social Media Data to Track the Effectiveness of a Communications Campaign Case Solution

At August 23, 2016 at 2:12 AM, Blogger Essay Writing Services said...

Very nice idea. I like the initiative action of don niles farmers. We know the importance of water in our life. We cannot think a life without water.But if this situation continuous it will threaten our life. So conservation is very essential.
buy dissertation online

At August 25, 2016 at 2:45 AM, Blogger Euis Lisnawati said...

Banyak orang berpendapat kalau ayan merupakan penyakit yang tidak bisa disembuhkan, sebenarnya bukan tidak bisa disembuhkan tapi sulit untuk disembuhkan jika tidak mengkonsumsi obat ayan yang benar. 70 Sampai 80 Persen Penderita Ayan Bisa Sembuh

At September 19, 2016 at 2:40 AM, Blogger Alessio Alexie said...

I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that's at the other blogs.
Computer Network Assignment Help

At September 21, 2016 at 1:01 AM, Blogger R.Singhania said...

All about technology knowledge you must visit our Technology blog.

At September 23, 2016 at 6:37 AM, Blogger Nancy Eyre said...

Innovative ideas taken by the farmers since we know that water is very precious and it need to be conserved otherwise the future generation will strive without water.
essay writing service recommendation

At September 28, 2016 at 4:41 AM, Blogger Sahil Kumar said...

Know more about new generation Samsung Galaxy S8. Click on our bolg http://www.itinformers.com/galaxy-s8-float-charging/

At November 2, 2016 at 5:01 AM, Blogger Teresa Hamilton said...

Thank you for the article. Contamination now is the problem of every country, city. Pollution is everywhere, I'm very worried for the next generation.
Gmail sign in

At November 4, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Blogger xumeiqing said...

ralph lauren
ray ban sunglasses
chaussure louboutin
abercrombie and fitch
michael kors purses
cheap ray ban sunglasses
adidas super color
ugg outlet
nike air max outlet
michael kors outlet
cheap ugg boots
timberland boots
ugg outlet
mont blanc pens
michael kors handbags
moncler outlet
canada goose jackets
ugg australia
michael kors outlet store
coach outlet
cheap jordans
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin outlet
fit flops
cheap oakleys
cheap mlb jerseys
tory burch outlet
ralph lauren outlet
longchamp outlet
gucci handbags
coach factory outlet
ralph lauren outlet
adidas nmd

At November 16, 2016 at 12:09 AM, Blogger Matlab Assignment Helper said...

Good way of telling, good post to take facts regarding my presentation subject matter, which i am going to deliver in my college
Matlab Help Online

At November 16, 2016 at 12:33 AM, Blogger Wilson Larrie said...

Well thanks for posting such an outstanding idea. I like this blog & I like the topic and thinking of making it right.
Thesis Help

At November 17, 2016 at 12:28 AM, Blogger Alison Andrew said...

I am pretty sure about this information you shared because its really helpful for everyone.
help with programming assignment

At November 17, 2016 at 12:40 AM, Blogger Alice Albert said...

Good way of telling, good post to take facts regarding my presentation subject matter, which i am going to deliver in my college
SAS Online help

At December 13, 2016 at 3:32 AM, Blogger jasmin said...

You have created the great post with a lot of useful information. You are doing the great job. Keep this great work up. affordable plumbing services in tacoma

At December 22, 2016 at 6:38 AM, Blogger devikamahajan said...

IoT Solutions
IoT Solution and Services

At January 3, 2017 at 2:10 AM, Blogger Ann Lily said...

I would like more information about this, because it is very nice. Thanks for sharing. The game five nights at freddy’s 4 you like it? The official hotmail sign in app brings the best of hotmail login to your iPhone or iPad

At January 6, 2017 at 7:08 AM, Blogger Tom Mike said...

What a nice post is it. After reading the great post i want to say that you have shared the best quality stuff in the content of the post. Keep this great work. Most trusted plumber Sanford fl

At January 16, 2017 at 12:35 AM, Blogger Simone Pike said...

All the above features that has been discussed in details are necessary to bring about positive change with environment lead buy research proposal

At January 24, 2017 at 12:15 AM, Blogger Daniel Nagata said...

Cara mengunci folder tanpa software pada dasarnya tidak sulit, hanya saja membutuhkan sedikit ketelitian. Kita hanya perlu sedikit script yang dibuat pada notepad, kemudiannya menyimpannya kedalam folder yang ingin diberikan password.
Tapi ingat, cara ini tidak sepenuhnya aman karena memang sudah banyak yang mengetahuinya. Itu artinya folder dikomputer Anda bisa saja dibajak oleh siapapun, baik mengcopy atau menghilangkan sebagian isinya.
cara mengunci folder tanpa software. Cara ini hanya cocok untuk mengamankan sementara tidak secara permanen.

At February 6, 2017 at 2:57 AM, Blogger Happy New Year 2018 said...

If you want to make your New Year fully enjoyable with kith and kens then you can get such admirable services for the better selections of Happy New Year 2018. We are always there to help you with the good items from our services with the assured ways. 2018 happy new year, Happy new year, Happy new year 2018, Valentines Day 2017, Happy valentines day 2017, Happy valentine day 2017, Happy new year, Merry christmas, Merry christmas wishes, Merry christmas wishes

At February 12, 2017 at 1:51 AM, Blogger Tachra door said...

very good post
thank you
کرکره برقي
قطعات خودرو
دکوراسيون داخلي
بهينه سازي

At February 13, 2017 at 2:28 AM, Blogger Merry Christmas Wishes 2u said...

Merry christmas,
Merry christmas wishes,
Merry christmas wishes,
Happy new year 2018,
Happy new year 2018, Happy new year 2018 images in hebrew
Happy new year 2018 wishes in hebrew
Happy new year 2018 wishes in spanish
Happy new year 2018 images in spanish

At February 24, 2017 at 10:05 PM, Blogger Alice Taylor said...

Thanks for sharing. I hope it will be helpful for too many people that are searching for this topic.

retrica  | sonic dash |happy wheels

At March 21, 2017 at 5:12 AM, Blogger rchandra said...

RRB Syllabus 2017
RRB 2017 Admit Card
Upcoming RRB Recruitment 2017
RRB Recruitment 2017 Online


Post a Comment

Back to BizOpinion main page

: See newer blog items : : See older blog items :

BizOpinion site feed

wisbusiness.com Social News

Follow Us

Site Sponsors


· January 2009
· February 2009
· March 2009
· April 2009
· May 2009
· June 2009
· July 2009
· August 2009
· September 2009
· October 2009
· November 2009
· December 2009
· January 2010
· February 2010
· March 2010
· April 2010
· May 2010
· June 2010
· July 2010
· August 2010
· September 2010
· October 2010
· November 2010
· December 2010
· January 2011
· February 2011
· March 2011
· April 2011
· May 2011
· June 2011
· July 2011
· August 2011
· September 2011
· October 2011
· November 2011
· December 2011
· January 2012
· February 2012
· March 2012
· April 2012
· May 2012
· June 2012
· July 2012
· August 2012
· September 2012
· October 2012
· November 2012
· December 2012
· January 2013
· February 2013
· March 2013
· April 2013
· May 2013
· June 2013
· July 2013
· August 2013
· September 2013
· October 2013
· November 2013
· December 2013
· January 2014
· February 2014
· March 2014
· April 2014
· May 2014
· June 2014
· July 2014
· August 2014
· September 2014
· October 2014
· November 2014
· December 2014
· January 2015
· February 2015
· March 2015
· April 2015
· May 2015
· June 2015
· July 2015
· August 2015
· September 2015
· October 2015
· November 2015
· December 2015
· January 2016
· February 2016
· March 2016
· April 2016
· May 2016
· July 2016
· August 2016
· October 2016
· December 2016
Copyright ©2013 WisBusiness.com All rights reserved. | WisOpinion.com | WisPolitics.com  |  Website development by wisnet.com LLC  | Website design by Makin’ Hey Communications