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Garden field day set for Aug. 7

Seven topics or station stops are on the agenda for the first of its kind garden field day being sponsored by the Brown County Extension Service office from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St.

In presentations given by Extension Service and private sector specialists, attendees will learn to identify apple tree pests and diseases, diagnose what ails tomato plants, choose materials for Japanese beetle and grub control, and select traps for wildlife invading gardens.

Other topics on the day's schedule for the program organized by Brown County Extension Service horticulture educator Vijai Pandian are control of invasive phragmites and buckthorn, low maintenance and renovation practices for turf, and apps for mapping invasive species habitat.

Early bird registrations are available until July 19 for $20 (then $25 until the Aug. 4 deadline). Checks payable to NEWMG should be sent to UW Extension Horticulture Department, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. The phone number for more information is 920-391-4653.


Vendors sought for annual Forest Fest celebration

Registration is now open for vendors and exhibitors wishing to be part of Trees For Tomorrow's 4th annual Forest Fest set for Saturday, Aug. 2.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River and features a variety of forest-related displays, demonstrations, programs, crafts and entertainment.

"Forest Fest is a free, fun, family event that celebrates all that the forest has to offer," said Barbara Janesh, Forest Fest coordinator. "That includes wood products, wilderness, wildlife, water quality and recreation and more."

This year's event will feature logging equipment demonstrations; a new Amazing Forest Race; the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Woodland Sports lumberjack team; entertainment by both Bill Jamerson and the Pinery Boys; and the popular Lumberjack Breakfast.

Photographer Mark Hirsch, who documented a year-in-the life of a lone bur oak in his book "That Tree" also will be part of the festivities. Hirsch will speak during a reservation-only, pre-event dinner Friday evening and will make a limited appearance at Forest Fest on Saturday.

For information, to obtain a registration form or to view photos and video of previous Forest Fest celebrations, go to TreesForTomorrow.com.

Registration information also may be obtained by calling 715-479-6456.

Trees For Tomorrow is a private, nonprofit natural resources specialty school in Eagle River.


Kopesky joins ANIMART as marketing associate

ANIMART, Inc. announces the recent addition of Allison Kopesky to the marketing department of the dairy and livestock division, which provides animal health products, supplies and solutions to producers.

As a member of the marketing team, Kopesky will be responsible for product category and channel promotions as well as marketing plan development and execution. Her role includes researching product categories, channel products and customer needs. She will support the marketing communication efforts by introducing new products, programs and services to the ANIMART sales team and customer base.

Kopesky earned a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University in agricultural economics with minors in public relations/advertising and agricultural communications in December 2013. Throughout high school and college, Kopesky was involved with FFA, 4-H, Agribusiness Club, Public Relation Student Society of America and National Agri-Marketing Association.

"Kopesky is a valuable addition to the ANIMART team," said Dan Ellsworth, president of ANIMART. "Her industry background and marketing experience allows her to develop and execute marketing plans to achieve objectives, drive demand and help our customers succeed."

ANIMART is a privately held provider of animal health and veterinary products as well as show equipment for dairy and livestock producers. More information about the company and its products can be accessed at www.animart.com.


Allied Cooperative and Arcadia Co-op plan merger

The Board of Directors of Allied Cooperative and Arcadia Co-op recently signed a letter of intent for a merger between the two cooperatives.

The boards have identified many advantages to a unification of the two cooperatives.

"We believe the merger is a natural fit," said Arcadia Co-op General Manager Bob Boberg. "With an increasingly competitive and ever-changing marketplace, a strong cooperative will help to protect our members equity while ensuring that our members have the products and services they require. The two cooperatives share the same vision and commitment to our customers, employees and the communities we serve. Together our goal is to become an even stronger cooperative for future generations by combining our talents, staff and resources."

Over the next several weeks the co-ops will be undergoing a complete feasibility study. Assuming the study goes as expected, member meetings will be set-up and ballots will be sent to each of Arcadia Co-op's voting members later this summer. If the merger is approved by the membership, the merger's effective date will be Dec. 1.

Arcadia Co-op is a $30 million cooperative. The co-op has bulk fuels, LP, agronomy and feed operations. It also has a convenience store and an automotive service center.

Allied Cooperative is a $230 million cooperative which serves customers throughout central and western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The cooperative has six divisions: agronomy, energy, feed, grain, transportation and retail. They have operations in Adams, Blair, Galesville, Mauston, Melrose, Mindoro, Plainfield, Plover, Tomah, West Salem, Wisconsin Dells and Wisconsin Rapids.


Heikes Named Genex COO

Genex Cooperative, Inc., a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI), announces Keith Heikes of Shawano as the new Genex Chief Operating Officer.

"With the growth of CRI and the recent addition of the MOFA Global subsidiary, the Genex and CRI boards of directors voted to separate the Genex COO and CRI CEO responsibilities," said Paul Greene, Genex President and dairy producer from Berlin, N.Y.

"Keith has extensive experience within the artificial insemination (A.I.) industry and within this cooperative. His experience, knowledge and dedication to the membership will assure the relevance, growth and influence of Genex in the future."

Heikes has devoted 33 years to the bovine A.I. industry. After graduating from Kansas State University, he joined Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit where he held responsibilities in dairy sire acquisition, marketing and A.I. training.

He then moved to Noba, Inc., in Tiffin, OH, where he served as general manager and led the initiative for Noba to become a part of CRI. In 1996, Heikes was named CRI vice president of international programs and went on to create substantial international growth for the cooperative and develop valuable global relationships.

In 2010, he became Genex vice president of Dairy Genetics & Global Alliance Development before being named Genex senior vice president of product development and marketing in 2013.

Heikes currently serves as chairman of the National Association of Animal Breeders board of directors and is a member of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and the USDA Emerging Markets Program advisory committee.

CRI, a member-owned holding cooperative, is comprised of three subsidiaries: AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and MOFA Global.

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