Despite Chilly Weather, Haying Nears

May 20, 2015

Despite the early morning frost—and promise of another blast overnight—Langlade County growers are preparing for haying. Traditionally, the tractors, choppers and bailers begin appearing in area fields in mid-June, and— with a few lulls to allow the alfalfa, timothy and other grasses to rejuvenate—continue through the growing season. To the south, the USDA reported that rye was already being harvested for hay this week. Hay is a big business, in Langlade County and across much of Wisconsin. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Services, growers harvested 1.25 million acres of alfalfa in 2014, along with 390,000 acres of other … Continue reading

Pricing Hay? Try the New UW-Extension App

May 19, 2015

It’s that time of the year when fresh mowed hay fills the air across Wisconsin, which also means many farmers and rural neighbors will be negotiating the sale of standing hay. An estimated 2.5 million acres of dry hay and haylage are harvested each year in this state with baled hay alone accounting for $80-$100 million in market sales. Unfortunately, there is not an established commodity market for hay like there is for corn or soybeans. Finding reliable hay market information can be a challenge, and trying to value standing hay whiles it’s still in the field can be even … Continue reading

WPVGA Awarded Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Grant

May 8, 2015

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) is embarking on a new opportunity as it relates to the Healthy Grown program thanks to the award of a Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grant from DATCP. The grant is a natural fit for the Healthy Grown program, which helps set Wisconsin apart as the “leader in sustainable potato production.” Established in 2000, the program utilizes growing practices that are beneficial for Mother Nature and are also ecologically sound. The grant focuses on 3 main goals for WPVGA to achieve over the course of the next year, namely, to expand the distribution … Continue reading

State of The Region Forest Meeting Set Here Friday Morning

April 30, 2015

The Grow North Regional Economic Development will host a state of the region local forestry discussion in Antigo on Friday. The program will begin at 10 am at Northcental Technical College’s Wood Technology Center. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp will speak on the Long Eared Bat issue and giving an update on Good Neighbor Authority. Don Peterson will also be updating on where the Grow North organization is at the process and anticipated outcomes for the Stewardship Grant as well as the Hardwood Products Strategy Grant. There will be time for questions. Grow North encourages the public as … Continue reading

Ace Equipment Growing, Looking For Employees Who Are Skilled, Team Players

April 28, 2015

Ace Equipment Company, launched in 1997, is one of the area’s leading manufacturers of garbage compactors and cardboard balers. The company, located on Cherry Road northeast of Antigo, is owned by Eric Fuller and began by building one piece of equipment at a time. With each new machine, the brand gained popularity and the business grew to the 65,000 square foot shop that develops trash compactors, apartment compactors, self-contained compactors, front compactors and vertical balers. “Utilizing cutting-edge technology and the skills of its employees, we’ve been able to stay on top of the market,” Angela Jacobson for Ace Equipment, said. … Continue reading

The Air is Lush at Canopy Gardens

April 27, 2015

On the most dismal of days, the air is lush at Canopy Gardens. The hydroponic greenhouse, operated by Pam and Pete Augustyn east of Antigo off Orchard Road, is preparing its first harvest of the year, bringing home-grown tomatoes to a public weary of the tasteless fruits imported from the south. “We have to close down the greenhouse every year and  clean everything to get ready for the  new crop,” Pam said. “Then it takes about 100 days from seed to producing tomatoes.” Canopy Gardens is entering its third decade, started by the Augustyns with 2,784 plants in four hydroponic … Continue reading

State Grant to Help Restore Park in Tomahawk, Shorelands in Langlade & Lincoln Counties

April 27, 2015

Tomahawk – A $100,000 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant will help restore shoreland at Sara Park in Tomahawk soon. Langlade and Lincoln County worked together to lobby the state for the grant. Workers will use part of that money to restore the shoreline at Sara Park with native trees and plants. Duane Haakenson, Director the of Langlade County Land Records & Regulations Department, says the upgrades will should also inspire people looking to do their own shoreland work. “You know, it’s not only the benefit that they get to enjoy the park or the boat landing or the public … Continue reading

Free Customer Service Training in Forest County

April 27, 2015

Free Customer Service Training will be offered on May 2 or 4 in Forest County.

Red Robin Machining Combines School, Manufacturing

April 23, 2015

By Adam Svatek, HS teacher for Red Robin Machining. Antigo high school strives to be the best in the Career and Technology Education field. One of our great programs is Red Robin Machining.  Red Robin Machining is an advanced class that takes Juniors and Seniors to the next level of education.  Students are involved with their very own manufacturing business, with help from their instructor and industry.  With a student-run business we are able to provide a real-world experience where students are responsible for taking, making, and shipping orders.  Students learn employability skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, business … Continue reading

County Board Gets Report on Economic Development

April 23, 2015

The Economic Development Corporation is “moving Langlade County forward,” leveraging loans to create jobs and promoting tourism to aid the hospitality industry. Those are among the highlights of the corporation’s 2014 annual report, presented by Executive Director Angie Close to members of the County Board of Supervisors this morning. “We’re proud of our accomplishments,” Close said. Much of the corporation’s work revolves around leveraging loan funds to support new and existing industries. In 2014, the organization closed four loans through its economic revolving loan fund, which has a balance of $20,753. The fund has 20 loans in its portfolio, totaling … Continue reading