While most of the bill resolved issues concerning farming, food programs, subsidies and crop insurance, the recently-signed federal Farm Bill also affected the nation's forest industry.
Executive Director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...Henry Schienebeck says it clarifies some issues concerning federal forests. There was a question concerning whether loggers would need to file for permits for non-point pollution run-off on forest roads. He says that's not part of the bill...
A different approach to marketing Northwoods winter recreation has come out of a state-funded survey.
The five county, three-year study was funded by the Department of Tourism for Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Lincoln and Langlade counties. Milwaukee area residents showed not only a liking for snowmobiling and ice fishing, but silent sports showed strong favor, says Kim Baltus of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce...
A Rhinelander teacher has been honored for his role in financial education. The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy gave out twenty awards this week, and one of them went to Patrick Kubeny, who has taught at Rhinelander High School for 21 years.
“It would be an award that I knew was out there that I knew existed. Just like guys in the NFL want to win the superbowl someday – you know it’s there but you don’t expect it!”
Several Northwoods libraries are set to see improved broadband service by November.
The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction have announced a 4.2 million dollar expansion of BadgerNet through a partnership with several private companies. The expansion will increase internet speeds for almost two thirds of the state’s libraries, including in Three Lakes, Eagle River, Crandon, and Mercer. Libraries in Land o Lakes and Hurley will also benefit.
The YMCA of the Northwoods is stepping away from its facility in Eagle River. As of March 1st the Northland Pines School District will run the fitness center that’s housed at Northland Pines High School.
YMCA Interim CEO Laurie Schlitt says the Eagle River facility has been operating at an average loss of $15,000 a year, subsidized by fundraising and the Rhinelander location.
Wisconsin farmers, loggers, and factories have avoided what could have been a major disruption in their operations. Many of them use the Canadian National Railroad, which faced a possible strike this weekend until Canada's government put the clamps on it. A union that represents three-thousand conductors, train workers, and rail-yard employees issued a strike notice early yesterday, after they rejected a tentative pact from last fall. Late yesterday, a new three-year contract agreement was announced.
President Obama is set to sign the nearly one-trillion dollar Farm Bill Friday, Feb. 7 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. One leading agricultural crop in northern and central Wisconsin is cranberries, and a state organization spokesperson says there are some good things for growers in the bill.
Tom Lochner leads the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association in Wisconsin Rapids. While he's not done analyzing the bill, he says some items he's seen are positive...