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One Week Left to Sign up for Conservation Stewardship ProgramSubmitted: 05/26/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin's farmers and ranchers have less than a week to sign up for the federal Conservation Stewardship Program.

The voluntary program provides financial and technical help to eligible farmers and ranchers who conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land.

Friday is the deadline to sign up.

The stewardship program is run by the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service. Participants receive annual payments for installing and adopting conservation activities and improving, maintaining and managing existing activities.

They can also get supplemental payments for adopting resource-conserving crop rotations.

More than 39,000 farmers and ranchers participated between 2009 and 2012. They enrolled over 50 million acres of farm and ranch land and received conservation payments worth $680 million a year.



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NORTHWOODS - Many people used the warm weekend weather to enjoy some outdoor activities. The loggers from Enterprise Forest Products spent all weekend outside as well. But they were working to bring wood out of the forest before the ground thaws. 

The soft ground is not good for loggers. Once the ground thaws, trucks and machinery will no longer be supported. They have to go out before the ground thaws to avoid damaging the land.

"We don't want to make a mess, we don't want to harm the land and so when that ground is soft, our machines rut the land. We can't do that," said owner of Enterprise Forest Products Dennis Schoeneck. 

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ONEIDA COUNTY - This weekend many of us may have seen images of a pickup truck falling through the ice on Lake Michigan. Some trucks even fell through the ice in Wausau.

So, how safe is the ice in the Northwoods?

DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz says this time of year the ice can melt fast, so anglers should be aware of it. He says it also depends on the lake.

"We've seen anywhere some still on the Rainbow Flowage 24 inches of ice out there this last weekend," Walz says. "A few other lakes we've seen it as thin as six inches of ice."

Walz said no one fell through the ice this weekend in the Northwoods.

No matter the temperature, even if it's below zero, it's never a guarantee that ice is safe.

"Just remember, it's never 100 percent safe out there," Walz said. "It's always at your own risk."
Walz said you should always fish with a partner for safety.

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Everest Metro Police say Nicholas Houdek was found face down in a parking lot outside Wiggly Field early Friday morning.

Houdek was from Bryant, which is just outside Antigo.

Police didn't say if someone shot Houdek or if he shot himself.

He was a 2007 Antigo High School graduate.

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