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Tank leaking ammonia closes USH 61

On May 11, 2019 at approximately 8:15 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call of an anhydrous ammonia gas tank leaking near USH 61 just south of N Irish Ridge Rd, in the Marietta township. During the time of the 911 call a Crawford County Deputy also pulled up at the scene and observed the tank leaking.
   The ammonia was spraying on the ground and in the air. The reporting party stated that the ammonia was blowing across the highway, and you could smell it from the highway. The tanks were both 1000 gallon tanks and were located on a trailer, in a field, to the west of USH 61. The tanks each had about 800 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in them.
   Traffic was immediately shut down in the area and rerouted on Marietta Valley Rd. Crawford County Emergency Management and Vernon County Hazmat were contacted. While Boscobel Fire was paged to the scene.
   USH 61 was closed from 8:18 p.m. until 9 p.m. It was determined that a malfunction with a coupler between the hose and the liquid withdrawal valve was the reason for the leak. Its estimated that no more than 100 gallons were lost due to the leak.
   Assisting was Boscobel Police, Boscobel Fire, Boscobel EMS, CC Hwy Commissioner, Crawford County Emergency Management, Vernon County Hazmat. 

Head-on collection injures to local men

CS Accident 5519

On May 5, 2019, at approximately 4:30pm, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received multiple reports of a two-vehicle head on traffic crash near the intersection of County Rd. D and STH 35 in the Township of Eastman.
   Donald Creque III age 40 of DeSoto was operating a 2003 Dodge Dakota north bound on STH 35. A 2009 Chrysler Town and Country van being operated by David Konkel age 66 of Prairie du Chien was south bound on STH 35. As the two vehicles approached each other, the Konkel vehicle completely crossed the yellow center divider line and struck the Creque Vehicle head on.
   Severe weather was moving through the area at the time of the collision, and is believed to have played a significant role in the cause of the crash. Visibility was extremely poor due to heavy rain, wind and hail. Both Creque and Konkel sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the crash and were transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital. Assisting at the scene was the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Eastman Fire Department and First Responders, Tri State Ambulance and Milo's Towing. (Photo courtesy of Crawford Co. Sheriff’s Dept).

Dairy Task Force 2.0 - Research crucial
for the Dairy Industry

MADISON – From the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0’s early meetings, members highlighted the need for research and innovation to maintain Wisconsin’s world leadership in all things dairy. Across the 51 recommendations that members have developed and approved in the past seven months, there is a consistent emphasis on the need to look to the future.
   One of the first recommendations that the Dairy Task Force 2.0 passed was for increased investment in research through an initiative called the Dairy Innovation Hub. Members identified four critical research areas: steward land and water resources, enrich human health and nutrition, ensure animal health and welfare, and grow farm businesses and communities. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recognized that research has been crucial for the dairy industry’s advancement for more than a century, and research is key for the next century and beyond.
   The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) has been described as our crown jewel and the nation’s dairy industry is envious of the advantage its work provides Wisconsin. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommends CDR conduct a staffing analysis to optimize the capability of the new facility. Members also recommended additional technical staff to support innovation, working with companies to develop new cheese varieties and other value-added dairy products.
   To make the most of completed research, the Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommended increased collaboration within the UW System and with private industry. The group recognized the need to leverage the cross-disciplinary expertise and work to get research benefits out quicker to farmers and processors. To get this research done, the Dairy Task Force 2.0 also recommended additional support for public and private partnerships, such as the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants.
   Implementing new and emerging technology on the farm or in the processing plant is essential to innovation in Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Unfortunately, access to capital can be a hurdle when it comes to incorporating these new technology systems. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 passed a recommendation asking for a loan guarantee program and developer grant program for producers and processors to incorporate new technology systems and adaptations in their operation.
   In the 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed into federal law at the end of 2018, there was language and authorization to establish no less than three dairy product and business innovation initiatives across the country. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommends that Wisconsin be one of those sites. In partnership with the University of Wisconsin System, DATCP, industry associations, and others, Wisconsin plans to submit an application when the opportunity is available.  This will complement the work already being done in research, product innovation, and market development in Wisconsin.
   In dairy, the only thing we know for certain is that the industry will continue to change. Research and innovation are key to navigating that change and setting the course for the future. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recognized Wisconsin’s strengths and identified areas of potential growth. I hope you will take the time to read more about the recommendations on research, innovation, and other important topics at



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