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Public invited to Chippewa County groundwater study open house

The Chippewa County Dept. of Land Conservation and Forest Management will host an informational meeting with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on March 17, 2015 to provide an update on the five-year study being conducted to evaluate the impact of industrial sand mining and irrigated agriculture on water resources in western Chippewa County.

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Cattle Feedlot Design & Management Options meeting scheduled in Portage County for February 27

Cattle feeders face many challenges in day-to-day operations. Volatility in grain and cattle markets create uncertainty in purchasing and marketing capacities. Wisconsin cattle feeders who are seeking information on marketing cattle at the right time or are interested in improving their cattle housing and feeding facilities should attend this year’s cattle feedlot design and management options meeting. The meeting will be hosted at the Portage County Annex Building at 1462 Strongs Avenue in Stevens Point on February 27. Registration will be at 9 am and the program will start at 9:30 am.

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Tax Refund Ahead

Tax refund can be a boost to financial security

Tax season is the one time each year when many people get the chance to see their complete financial picture. Experts say that by closely examining your tax information, you may find ways to save money and strengthen your financial situation.

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Wisconsin sheep business

Todd Taylor talks about the research and extension work with the sheep at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station and gives insight into the Wisconsin Sheep Business.

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2015 Meats Judging Contest

2015 State 4-H Meats Judging Contest Results

The team from Grant County took top honors in the senior division of the State 4-H meats Contest held Feb 14 at University of Wisconsin Madison Meat Laboratory. Team members were: Dillin Meier, Ben Connolly, Cody Adams, and Mathew Walz. They were coached by Dennis Patterson. These 4-H members will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest to be held this fall in Kansas City.

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Midwest Manure Summit scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25  

Animal agriculture is a $7.5 billion dollar industry in Wisconsin. As the industry evolves, the handling of manure is becoming more complex, as waste streams are processed for energy, fertilizer, bedding and potable water production. To keep abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in animal manure management, University of Wisconsin-Extension invites you to the 2015 Midwest Manure Summit at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay on Feb. 24-25.

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Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference Scheduled for April 30

Consumers want to know where and how their food is produced. The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host indexthe annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Since consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, this year’s conference will focus on animal care practices and why it matters to consumers. Dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, farm service providers, educators, emergency managers, first responders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend.

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Affordable Care Act brings changes to tax filing

Many Wisconsin residents are gathering their paperwork from 2014 to prepare for tax filing before the April 15 due date. Since the Affordable Care Act requires that everyone (with some exceptions) have health insurance, people must let the IRS know if they had health insurance for the tax year.

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