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Langlade County has a Strong Economic Development Force

December 16, 2014

Antigo may be in the driver’s seat as the economic engine revs up across the northwoods. A rare three-agency shuffle has placed Langlade County residents—all  women—in charge of public entities guiding development efforts at the local and regional level. Angie Close is now the director of the Langlade County Economic Development Board while her old boss, Chris Berry, has assumed duties as regional account manager for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. And Angi Schreiber, who has worked with Berry  and Close on a variety of  projects, has been named executive director of  the Grow North Regional Economic Development Board. “It’s very positive … Continue reading

Top Winter Wheat, Oat Producing Counties Determined for 2014

December 15, 2014

New estimates by the USDA give us an indication of what counties produced the most winter wheat and oat crops during the past growing season. The agency says Dane County was the largest winter wheat producing county in Wisconsin in 2014 with about 1.11 million bushels. The area has been in the top three counties in the state for production since estimates began in 1966. Dodge and Manitowoc were second and third this year; with east central Wisconsin being the largest wheat producing district. The highest yielding county was also Dane with a yield of 79.1 bushels per acre. Wood … Continue reading

Houlihan Will Head Potato Association

December 9, 2014

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association has named Tamas Houlihan executive director. He has been serving as interim executive director since August of 2014. Association President Larry Alsum of Alsum Farms & Produce, Friesland, said he is pleased to have Houlihan assume the association’s leadership role. “I’m very excited about the future of the WPVGA under the leadership of Tamas Houlihan,” Alsum said. “His knowledge of the industry and communication skills make him an excellent choice to give the association leadership and direction in the years to come. His experience working with growers and … Continue reading

Wisconsin Remains an Ag Export Leader

December 2, 2014

Consumers around the world continue to buy more Wisconsin foods and agricultural products, according to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses have exported nearly $2.8 billion worth of agricultural products to 138 countries so far this year, a 17 percent increase over the same period in 2013. “Our state was built on the success of our hard-working farmers, and others in the agriculture industry,” Gov. Scott Walker said.  “We will continue to support advances in technology, and promote expansion, so those working in agriculture can grow their business, increase exports, … Continue reading

Gov. Walker: Wis. Tops Nation in Wood Furniture Manufacturing Employment

November 26, 2014

According to a press release from Governor Scott Walker’s office, Wisconsin ranks in the top for wood furniture manufacturing employment. The release states while other states saw wood furniture industry employment decline, Wisconsin manufacturers increased employment slightly, to 4,144 in 2013, up from 4,040 in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly census of employment and wages. The employment category covers non-upholstered wood furniture. “We’re pleased to see Wisconsin forest product businesses succeed in the face of stiff competition from overseas,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Our sustainably managed forests produce quality raw materials even as … Continue reading

Langlade Hospital Recongized As Top Performer In Key Quality Areas

November 21, 2014

Langlade Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Langlade Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia and surgical care. It is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. “We understand what matters most to patients at Langlade Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive,” Sherry … Continue reading

Volunteers, Donations Needed For This Year’s Keeping Our Community Warm Campaign in Langlade County

October 28, 2014

Volunteers are gearing up for this year’s Keeping Our Community Warm coat collection drive now underway.The drive is coordinated by the Salvation Army, with coats on display and available through AmeriGas. Coats may be dropped off at a variety of collection boxes being placed throughout the community or brought directly to AmeriGas, located directly across from the Langlade County Fairgrounds.“Families who need winter coats and snow pants have already been stopping,” Julie Brandt of AmeriGas said. “We would like to turn the Keeping Our Community Warm sign to face the highway as soon as more clothes are received from families … Continue reading

Wisconsin Potatoes Website Gets New Vibe

October 27, 2014

There’s never a dull moment with Wisconsin potatoes. And that’s especially true with the launch of their new website. The Eat Wisconsin Potatoes website, which is owned and managed by the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA), features some new colors, a different layout and an overall vibrant look that entices you to explore further. The newly-designed site went live in October and showcases some new and exciting features. One of them is a new and improved recipe database that allows you to search for recipes based on ingredient and the course you’re thinking of. And if you have … Continue reading

Can’t Beet This: Farmer Encourages Dairy Farmers to Incorporate Sugar Beet into Feed

October 22, 2014

Wisconsin is the official dairy state, but one Langlade County farmer is working to bring back a crop to that title even greater, through sugar beets. Rine Ridge Farms in Bryant is the only farm growing sugar beets in the state, but they are hoping this cow super-food will catch on throughout the Midwest. On Tuesday, several dairy farmers and farm technicians from all over the Midwest showed up to the farm as they harvested it to see if the crop is something worth investing in. “The cows milk better on it. That’s been proven by a couple of dairies,” said Rine Ridge Farms Co-Owner … Continue reading

Couple Opens Pet Food Store in Antigo, Their Goal is Healthy Animals

October 22, 2014

Dan and Shirlee Gallagher want a community filled with healthy pets and happy owners.The Gallaghers, who live in Lac du Flambeau, are the owners of Pawz n’ Clawz, an all-natural pet food store that has just opened its doors at 803 Superior St.“We do this because we enjoy it and we want to provide quality products for people and pets,” Gallagher said. “None of our food has any corn, wheat or soy that are so prevalent these days in the big box stores or grocery stores.”Pawz n’ Clawz caters to all-things canine and feline, with a complete line of natural … Continue reading