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Learn about Omega Naturals
A division of Heartland Cooperative Services of Dorchester
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Omega Naturals is a division of Heartland Cooperative Services. Omega Naturals—with the support of Heartland Cooperative Services—developed a flax-based feeding protocol for animals which supports a healthy diet. With the healthy diet, those dairy cows produce premium milk which is then made into cheese that contains a minimum of 128mg Omega 3 fatty acids per serving. The "healthy for you" line of cheese is just one benefit of this approach. The farmer is paid an additional premium for all Omega milk converted to cheese. In addition, the Omega 3 diet in humans provides benefits by supporting reduced joint inflammation, brain activity (memory), and a stronger immune system. Omega Naturals is a one-of-a-kind product known for a creamy texture and a naturally great taste. No fish oil or other additives are used to achieve higher Omega 3 levels, and all products are rBST free.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced major changes to its 23 year old Worker Protection Standards. This is vital information for all farmers and farmer works. 

Please read and understand these new health saving measures.
These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farm workers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries.

Heartland Cooperative wants all its members, patrons and employees to be safe on the job.
Anyone can learn CPR – 
and everyone should! 

Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur.

Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.
Preventing Farm Vehicle Back-over Incidents

Backing up farm equipment and vehicles is a daily occurrence in the agricultural industry. Backover incidents occur when a backing vehicle strikes a worker who is standing, walking, or kneeling behind that vehicle. These incidents can be prevented. Backover incidents can result in serious injuries or deaths to farmworkers. 
Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe workplace for every worker. This fact sheet provides employers with information about backover hazards and safety measures.

More Information and a printable fact sheet
Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins, and the number of these deaths continues to rise. These fatalities are preventable. Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention is a way of reaching out to employers and workers to get them involved in improving worker protection, reducing injuries, and preventing fatalities from engulfment. ..... 
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Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. 
However, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. 


  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. 
  • It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or feeling light headed.


As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. 
In addition, women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly:


Learn about the warning signs of heart attack in women.

Heartland Cooperative Services helps raise funds for
St Jude Childrens Research Hospital
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of  founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
More about St Jude Children's Research Hospital
It was a day of fun for a serious cause.

On May 18th Heartland Cooperative Services held its eighth annual Swinging for a Cure charity golf outing to benefit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Seventy-two golfers gathered at Hickory Hills Golf Course in Eau Claire to raise approximately $12,500.00. 

Besides enjoying a day of golf, participants had a chance to win various prizes such as golf clubs and bags, coolers, and even vacation cruises and a car thanks to the generous donations of our partner sponsors.

Heartland Cooperative Services would like to extend a big thank you to Hickory Hills Golf course, the sponsors and participants for making this year’s event a success. 

We would also like to give a special thank you to all the kids who made the encouraging signs 
that reminded us all why it’s important to raise money each year for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Heartland Cooperative Services event is held every year around the middle of May and is open to anyone who wants to help St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their efforts to beat childhood cancer.

Plan on attending next year’s event to make it even bigger and better. Details, when available, will be posted on this web site.

The New Owen Super-Mill Complex is Becoming a Reality
The senior management team was able to acquire a parcel of land in Owen, WI with an existing 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse and another 15,000 sq. ft shed nestled on approximately 25 acres of land, next to the CN main-rail and only a mile from the well-traveled highway 29 corridor for a fraction of the original asking price. An additional benefit of this acquisition is its location right next to Heartland’s Owen fertilizer plant.

With the location and facilities acquired, senior management negotiated a contract with the City of Owen in which the city gave Heartland approximately $1,350,000 in cash combined with over $750,000 in more economic assistance. These funds will be used for the new super mill’s railroad spur, office and retail complex. The city’s investment dollars will be recovered thru their TIF District’s property taxes that Heartland will pay on its investment. In addition to these funds, Heartland Cooperative acquired approximately $250,000 in additional assistance from the state of Wisconsin, in the form of TEA (Transportation Economic Assistance) & WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) Grants. These grants are designed to assist small communities with economic development and do not have to be repaid. ​

Capabilities of the New Super Mill:

  Heartlands new Super Mill has approximately 2,400 tons of overhead storage combined with 140,000 bushels of outside grain storage that can be filled via truck OR rail dumping pits and roughly 40,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space for its production capabilities.
  The mill itself is built on an approximately 50 feet X 50 feet concrete base 20+ feet in the ground with towers stretching 188 feet into the air, with the American flag proudly displayed at the top!  

  This main-mill-structure is surrounded by a Butler steel building that encompasses the loading and un-loading areas for the semis and quads. With the assistance of Repete’s ™ state-of-the-art computer automated control system the mill is able to dump a load of feed about every 3 minutes with pin point accuracy. The system includes 8 different scales weighing and dropping feed and feed-ingredients into the legs and mixers all at the same time to maximize manufacturing speed. 

Moving Forward:

 This new mill is currently built for 200,000 tons of feed manufacturing per year and is designed and constructed for future expansion by simply bolting on additional overhead bins. The 25-acre parcel also leaves ample room for expansion in other areas as well. Anticipated future growth includes the addition of more grain bins for shipping and receiving, adding another 7,000 to 10,000 tons of fertilizer storage, a re-fueling site and more. Plus, we will have the capacity to hold over 50 railroad cars on the spurs to be built.

Special Thanks.

We would like to offer special thanks to the City of Owen for welcoming Heartland Co-op with open arms. We have formed a tight bond with them, that will last many years to come. Thanks also to the State of WI for their financial support with their grants, and to the Board of Directors and all customers/patrons that utilize all the services provided by Heartland Cooperative Services!

Progress Update:

Effective as of August 21’st, we have finally got all of our delineations completed, all the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Environmental studies are completed as well as the archeological study and the storm water study. We also have our site grading permits and our erosion control permits issued for the last portions of this large project which include; the west side eighty-five stall parking lot, holding pond, the rail spurs, rail switches, rail culvert, and related supporting projects. We are currently waiting for the VPLE (Voluntary Party Liability) insurance policy to be issued to the city.
  An Open House will be held when all aspects of this project have been completed. 

Heartland Cooperative Services has known for a long time that its current line of feed mills is aging and in need of major overhauls. In studying the options for solving this problem the Board of Directors considered the possibility of having one new super mill that would replace the older aging mills. This option made sense if the new mill was located on a major rail line such as the CN line that ran thru Owen.

  Another factor in considering the future of our mills was the successful annual growth of our non-GMO and organic feed lines. It was determined that each of these should be manufactured in specific separate mills to reduce any possibility of cross contamination.

After reviewing all the options, the Board of Directors decided to peruse the construction of a super mill. They, along with Heartland Cooperative Services Senior Management hired Agra Business of Merrill to help design the new facility. The next step for senior management was to acquire the right parcel of land that would meet the needs and goals of the new mill.

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USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources 
to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America.

“Rural high-speed broadband e-Connectivity is as important for economic development as rail, roads, bridges and airports – and as vital as the buildouts of rural telephone networks were decades ago,” Perdue said. “USDA is committed to being a strong partner with rural leaders in deploying this essential infrastructure.”

Reliable and affordable high-speed internet e-Connectivity acts as a catalyst for rural prosperity by enabling efficient, modern communications between rural American households, farms, ranches, businesses, schools and health care centers. Yet, according to the Federal Communications Commission, 80 percent of the 24 million Americans who lack broadband access live in rural areas and on tribal lands.

USDA plays an important role in helping rural communities bridge this infrastructure gap through program investment, strategic partnerships and best practice implementation by investing in rural telecommunications infrastructure. This new website will provide direct access to information on our decades-long programs that offer more than $700 million per year for modern broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. In the coming months, USDA will almost double these longstanding programs with an additional $600 million to expand rural broadband infrastructure in unserved rural areas and tribal lands.

As we are working to set up the new pilot program, USDA wants to hear the thoughts and needs of Americans living and doing business in rural communities. The new website includes a feedback form for the general public and interested stakeholders to provide input on the design and requirements of the new pilot program.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump, which included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

Release No. 0170.18
Madison, Wis – November 9, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 42 states, including Wisconsin, as part of its
County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS). The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield and production of row crops down to the county level.