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GreenStone Big Buck Contest now open

GreenStone Farm Credit Services is calling all hunters in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula to participate in the third annual GreenStone Big Buck Contest. The third annual competition gives hunters a chance to "win big bucks for their bucks" and runs through Dec. 1.

Entry forms will be accepted through Dec. 6.

The contest features an adult class as well as a junior buck class for hunters 17 years of age and younger. Cash prizes will be awarded in each class:

· Adults (18 years and older) - 1st - $750; 2nd - $500; 3rd - $350; 4th - $250; 5th - $150; and 6th - $100.

· Junior Buck (17 years and younger) - 1st - $300; 2nd - $200; 3rd - $100.

Additionally, entrants will be entered into a free drawing to win a Moultrie® game camera and applicants who bring their deer to a participating office for entry will receive a free hat.

The contest is open to all residents of GreenStone's territory in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

To qualify, entrants should bring their deer or completed entry form with witness signature and photo, to GreenStone's Clintonville, Coleman, Escanaba, Little Chute, Manitowoc, or Sturgeon Bay branch office during normal office hours. Onsite deer will be photographed and scored by the GreenStone staff, and stories will be documented.

To learn more about the GreenStone Big Buck Contest or download an entry form, visit www.greenstonefcs.com.


Dairy Farmers of Walworth County offer scholarship

The Dairy Farmers of Walworth County will award a $500 scholarship to a third- or fourth-year college student from Walworth County pursuing a dairy-related degree. Those who plan to enroll as a second-year student in a two-year program are also eligible to apply. The scholarship will be available for use during the 2014-15 school year.

For more information or to receive a copy of the application, contact Katy Katzman at 262-903-6727 or katzman@idcnet.com. The application deadline is Feb. 28.


DATCP advises Wisconsinites

to avoid Garden-Fresh Foods products

Food safety officials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) are advising consumers to avoid eating products manufactured by Garden-Fresh Foods, a Milwaukee-based company, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

This follow up to the company's latest recall includes all products sold under various brands and code dates. A comprehensive list of products is available on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm374295.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

The company has not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of their products, however Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, pregnant women, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The products were sold nationwide to retail stores, restaurants and institutions. Garden-Fresh Foods Inc. is concerned that expired product may be frozen in consumer homes. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-645-3367 Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Wisconsin Ag Open Golf date set for 2014

The 17th Annual Wisconsin Ag Open, hosted by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, will be held on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The event moves to Christmas Mountain Village in Wisconsin Dells for the next three years.

All proceeds from the golf outing will help support Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation education and leadership programs such as Ag in the Classroom, 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau Institute, Leadership Wisconsin and Young Farmer and Agriculturist activities. Open to the public, the Wisconsin Ag Open is for farmers, agribusiness professionals and others who wish to support youth and educational programs.

The Wisconsin Ag Open begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. An awards program, appetizers and prizes will follow the game. Registration is $125 and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, box lunch, appetizers, contests and door prizes. The field is limited to 144 golfers to insure a pleasant golfing experience and pace on the course.

Sponsorships are available ranging from $50-$1,500. Sponsorship and registration details can be obtained by contacting Darlene Arneson at darneson@wfbf.com, 608-828-5719, or download a form from the Foundation website.


Wisconsin State Fair tickets on sale now

Holiday deals are on sale now for the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, which will take place Thursday, July 31- Sunday, Aug. 10.

This year's deals offer savings just in time for the holidays, including:

· $5 Fair Admission Tickets (50 percent savings)

· $22 SpinCity Ride & Game 44 Ticket Vouchers (50 percent savings off single ticket price during the Fair)

· $15 Cream-Puff 6-Pack Certificates ($9 off individually purchased Cream Puffs during the Fair)

· $3 Bargain Book Vouchers (25 percent savings off price during the Fair)

· $50 "Bundles of Fair Fun" (50 percent savings off individual priced items during the Fair)

For the fair fan who wants it all, $50 "Bundles of Fair Fun" offer the best deal available for the 2014 Fair. Each bundle includes four Fair Admission Tickets, one 44 SpinCity Ride & Game Ticket Voucher, one Cream Puff 6-Pack Certificate and one State Fair Bargain Book Voucher.

All Holiday Deals are available for purchase online at WiStateFair.com and at the Fair Ticket Office (7722 W. Greenfield Avenue).

NEW this year, $5 Fair Tickets and $50 Bundles of Fair Fun will also be available for purchase at all 75 Wisconsin Bank Mutual Bank Offices.

For all the details visit WiStateFair.com.


Recent UW-River Falls alumni enjoying post-graduation success

Despite a challenging economy, recent graduates from UW-River Falls are securing employment and graduate school placements at a high rate.

Earlier this year, 2011-12 UW-River Falls graduates were asked about their employment and educational status through a survey conducted by the UW-River Falls Survey Research Center. Among those responding, 81 percent reported they were employed while an additional 15 percent indicated they were continuing their education.

"UW-River Falls works closely with industry and businesses to ensure that students are professionally prepared to compete in the job search process and receive job and internship offers with competitive companies," stated Melissa Wilson, director of Career Services at UW-River Falls.

Alumni of three undergraduate programs; agricultural engineering technology, land use planning, and computer science & information systems, reported 100 percent employment and average annual salaries of more than $40,000.

The percentage of graduates continuing their education, particularly in the sciences, is not surprising. Compared with 261 other public comprehensive institutions nationally from 1976 to 2006, UW-River Falls ranks fifth in sending students on to receive a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences, ninth in physics, and twelfth in chemistry.

For more information, contact Blake Fry, UW-River Falls special assistant to the chancellor, at 715-425-3711 or email blake.fry@uwrf.edu.

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