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Winners Announced In IPM Roadside Jingle Contest

The winning messages in the Integrated Pest Management jingle contest have been chosen. This year”s winners are Diane Harvey, DeForest (winner in two categories); Grace Mize, Highland; and Martha Anderson, Madison.

And the winning jingles are: … oops! Sorry, we can”t print them here. You”ll just have to keep your eyes peeled for the signs while passing farms that are using intensive pest management and other strategies to minimize the agricultural chemicals they apply to their fields.

The jingles, fashioned after the old Burma-Shave highway signs of pre-Interstate days, promote intensive pest management. People around the state submitted nearly 100 entries. Each winning entry received a $200 prize.

The first round of signs (from last year”s contest) went up last November at these growers” farms:

* Bill & Roz Gausman, McFarland
* John & Andy Wallendahl
* Steve Dierks, Coloma
* Justin Isherwood, Plover
* Dick Okray, Plover
* Jack Buchanan, Hancock
* Tom Cadwallader & Paul Daigle, Wausau
* Andy Merry, Antigo
* Tom Wrchota, Omro
* Jim Stute, East Troy
* Peg Reedy, Walworth County Farm

The contest is sponsored by the Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction Project. Entries were judged by PURR Project partner organizations including the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Wisconsin Farmers Union, National Farmers Organization of Wisconsin, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and several Wisconsin commodity groups. Contest organizers are making 20 sign sets to post around the state on farms that use IPM, management intensive grazing, and other systems approaches to reducing high-risk pesticide use to grow Wisconsin crops. The PURR Project is looking for farmers who would like to post these signs along their IPM-managed fields. If you are interested in posting a set of signs, or if you have questions about the contest, please contact Michelle Miller at (608) 262-7135 or info@thinkipm.org