Network to help farmers affected by drought
MADISON A state initiative designed to assist farmers in recovering from drought conditions is as close as the Internet.
The Farmer-to-Farmer Network is in place to connect farmers with feed to those who need it, according to a release from Gov. Scott Walker's office.
Under Farmer-to-Farmer, Wisconsin-area farmers who are less affected by the dry conditions are encouraged to replant crops and make them available for feed by posting on the University of Wisconsin-Extension website, http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu.
The Farmer-to-Farmer list is free of charge to both buyers and sellers. Users can list or search for hay, alfalfa haylage, corn silage, high moisture corn, corn grain, or other forages. All transactions and negotiations are handled directly between buyers and sellers.
To ensure the feed can be transported, the state has directed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to issued free agricultural emergency permits that allow the transport of heavier loads of hay bales along most state roadways.
For comprehensive information and resources relating to the 2012 drought and heat wave, visit www.ready.wi.gov.