Country Today in Eau-Claire, Wisconsin
24 Jul 1985

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24 Jul 1985

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Eau Claire Country Today (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Catfish Hook fishermen Page 3messages to politicians Page 8wi britches rope pm Page 15muscoda girl Page 19 womb favors Giraud again july 24, 1985 the country today Southern edition Rhen a pop a that cof a Abou ufo1 28 Poges 35 cents the newspaper that cares about Rural life farm Church officials Hail legislative Progress i a i photo a Jim Massey ice age returns Gary Werner coordinator of the ice age Trail Hopes to see connections made for a 1,000-mile educational and recreational Trail through Wisconsin. The Trail will follow the Moraine left 1,000 years ago by the Wisconsin Glacier. Land owners along the Trail Are being asked to donate land or allow a permanent easement. Story on Page 13. Appleton in striking contrast to last years election of officers there were few surprises at the annual re organizational meeting of the 25-member Wisconsin milk marketing Board held Here last thursday. Dowaine Giraud 49, Norwalk was re elected president on a unanimous ballot after Fred Fisher Valders and John Rose now Cochrane declined nominations for the position. Last year or. Giraud who represents Monroe Juneau and Adams counties wrested the presidency from or. Rosenow by a 15 to to vote. Or. Giraud a re election probably indicates Board members Are satisfied with his leadership Over the last year or that other members interested in the presidency Are leery of the additional responsibilities of the position or. Giraud said. Or. Giraud who farms 590 acres and milks 115 Holstein Dairy cows said he plans to do a a More Complete Job of delegating responsibility to individual directors Over the next year. A a Here a to a regeneration of purpose of All working together in the same cooperative attitude As in fiscal year 2,�?� he told the Board following the elections. Incumbent Fred Fisher Valders was elected first vice president defeating Gene run de Cuba City by a 14 toll vote. Sylvia Hemauer Plymouth Timothy of Harrow Oconto Falls and Dan Stangel Kewaunee declined nominations for the Post. George Rau Dorchester was re elected vice president of education by a 17 to 7 vote Over or. Of Harrow or. Rosenow was re elected vice president of research on a unanimous ballot after six other Board members declined nominations and incumbent Karyn Schauf was elected vice president of Market development by a 15 to to vote Over mrs. Hemauer. Mrs. Schauf who has held the Market development position for two years Defeated mrs Hemauer a bid for the position last year by one vote. The races for the final two key executive committee positions produced the Only turnovers. Harland Rue Barneveld please turn to Page 8 Madison representatives of to state farm and Church organizations gathered Here last week to a celebrate the victories a achieved during the recently completed legislative session that they feel will Benefit the Wisconsin family Farmer. But farm leaders were Quick to Point out that the Job of restoring profitability to agriculture is far from Complete. A the situation in agriculture is critical and getting More critical every Day a said Jim Ziegeweid an Arcadia Farmer and a member of the state Board of agriculture. A we face a situation where 30 percent of the Farmers were in dire Straits in the Spring of 1985, and if the situation is not corrected a full 50 percent of the Farmers will be in dire Straits in the Spring of �?T86.�?� or. Ziegeweid said a Nickel a hundredweight on Wisconsin milk is valued at $11.5 million. Since the first of the year the milk Price has fallen $1.52 per hundredweight for a $335 million loss of income to the states Dairy Farmers. A your efforts on Farmland preservation property tax Relief and everything else have been largely negated by that additional drop in farm income a he said. The farm leaders at the meeting claimed legislative victories in the areas of property tax Relief tax loss farming Reform soil conservation funding and the convening of the governors commission on agriculture. Dean Swenson a Farmer from Arena and a member of the Wisconsin Rural development Center said the legislature approved increased funding for conservation practices across the state. The figure now stands at nearly $3 million for the next two years. John Carr an Iowa county Farmer and member of the gov Ernora a commission on agriculture said the state tax code was amended to a discourage the dumping of outside capital into agriculture a and a Compromise was achieved on the Issue of accelerated depreciation in tax loss farming. However each of the farm leaders who spoke at the gathering concluded that More work needs to be done to improve the Overall agricultural picture. A your current economic depression now coupled with the spreading and deepening drought dulls our recent victories a or. Carr said. A returning to a profitable and sustainable agriculture is our immediate task. Re establishing an economically viable agriculture in the face of a shrinking and increasingly interdependent world will not be an easy Don Haldeman president of the Wisconsin farm Bureau federation said the legislature has taken a the first step in making the necessary changes in How education is funded in Wisconsin. Funding so much of Public education with property taxes has been a extremely regressive a he said with the danger that Rural Wisconsin will be faced with a second class education system if the property tax is relied on so heavily to cover school costs. A the property tax Issue Isnit resolved yet a he said. A with farm incomes being what they Are which will be translated into the value of the farms and real estate out there it is naturally going to cause More concerns about property taxes in the or. Haldeman said the Dairy provisions of the farm Bill currently being discussed by Congress Are a not in the Best interests of the Wisconsin family Dairy by legislating the class i differential Price of milk Wisconsin a guaranteed milk Price would be lowered while prices in the South would be increased. He urged farm leaders to oppose the plan. A we must continue to cooperate on issues such As these and where we can to agree lets minimize the disagreements if possible a he said. The old equation of producing in Large quantities to get More government subsidies is hurting agriculture or. Haldeman said. Government programs Are a failure because farm subsidies Are going to the largest operators. Or. Ziegeweid said Federal policies have a targeted for termination the 697,000 family Farmers that sell Between $40,000 and $200,000 Worth of farm products a year. A Jim Massey of forecast thursday and Friday May bring some rain for the Southern half of Wisconsin. A Chance of thunderstorms is predicted for the two Day period according to the National weather service in Madison. Saturday will be partly Cloudy. Temperatures for thursday through saturday will Range from the mid 50�?Ts to the mid 80�?Ts. Index weather. Box 570. Markets. Page 4 Section two. Page 9 horses. Outdoors. Pages 12-13 country life Page 15 postings. On the 18 Ann 20 want ads pages 25-27 Earl a benefits in state budget Omro Wisconsin gov. Anthony Earl signed the states $18.5 billion biennium budget wednesday then brought some Good news to Farmers thursday at farm Progress Days. The 8 percent tax Cut was a state budget record As income taxes were Cut $171 million and property tax Relief grew by $886 million. The property tax Relief equals slightly More than 64 percent of the states approximately 18 percent spending increase above the 1983-85 budget of $16.1 billion. A in terms of property taxes the Farmers should be seeing significant Relief a gov. Earl said in an interview with the country today. He said that school Aid will increase by $423 million with the credits going to taxpayers rather than letting schools decide How to distribute the Aid. The system also will use current Farmland values to determine property tax rates rather than older land values that Trail the current depressed land values gov. Earl said. The change should Lead to lower property taxes for Many Farmers he added. Two Farmland preservation credit provisions were vetoed to create a $5 million savings. One would have extended a to percent minimum credit and the other would have widened income brackets used to calculate the credit. The program will still grow to $38 million a year an $8 million increase. The sales tax has been dropped from several farm supplies and an income tax Cut of $171 million from existing Levels will please turn to Page 8 t i i photo by Dave Ralph top soil judges Wayne hoem Black River Falls left and Allan Mumm Cassville right Are the top state Fra soil judges. More photos and Story on Page 7

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