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Propane Storage Added

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Country Visions has added another LP storage tank in our northern Wisconsin territory.  This LP storage tank was installed along Highway 141 in Wausaukee. This tank has a 30,000 gallon capacity, which is similar in size to many of our other storage tanks located in over a dozen other communities. The additionallp wausaukee 12 wausaukee new lp 5storage capability confirms your trust in us to have product available when you need it.  A commitment to providing exceptional service to our customers is represented by increasing the efficiencies in our delivery schedules with strategically placed refueling stations for our drivers.  We want to be your 1st choice provider of LP products and service and will continue to make improvements to retain your trust in us.  Contact our Energy Office for more details on any of our fuel services. 

 

Putting the Flower Garden to Bed

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Dividing Perennials

Fall will be arriving soon. It’s time to prepare the garden for a rest. I start by walking around the flower beds and see what needs to be divided and transplanted. I like to divide many of my perennials in fall, for several reasons. First, the plants will come up next spring looking whole. Second, I can see how big things have gotten and where I have holes to fill. Third, cooler temperatures make it easier for the plant to recuperate from being separated. And fourth, recent transplants need extra water, which fall rains can provide.

Cut Back Perennials

fall clean upCut back most of your perennials before snow comes. A good general rule is to cut back to two or three inches above the ground, leaving only little stubs. You may want to leave some perennials standing in the garden to add interest to the winter landscape, such as ornamental grasses. Also, some plants provide seeds for the birds to feed on during the fall and winter seasons.

Clean up Annuals

After the first frost, pull up any annuals that have turned to mush and toss them on the compost pile. Bring your flower pots in out of the elements, after plants have been discarded. Once everything is cut back and cleaned up it’s time to add mulch. Go ahead and cover the crowns of all your plants with 3 to 4 inches of naturally colored mulch. Once your flower garden is fully winterized you can relax because your plants won’t need you again until spring.

Country Visions Country Stores have educated and experienced employees to help with your lawn and garden questions.  Contact us for products and information from planting spring flowers and gardens to deer plots and ponds. 

Article provided by Kay Holschbach, Valders' Country Store

Employment Opportunities at Country Visions

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To submit your application for available positions, print and complete the appropriate Application Form, and bring it in person to the department location that you are applying for or to our main office at 709 Mill Street, Reedsville, WI.

CURRENT JOB LISTING:

Country Visions Cooperative is proud to present opportunites to work for a successful, financially strong agricultural based entity here in Northeast Wisconsin.

Mishicot Country Store - Full-time position. Are you looking for an exciting family oriented retail environment? The Mishicot Country Store is a diverse retail store focused on customer service, DIY hardware needs, the STIHL line of power equipment, farm supplies, and livestock, wild bird and pet feed/supplies. Responsibilities include stocking and merchandising, property maintenance, LP and Kerosene filling services, forklift operation, and repair services. Requires excellent customer service skills, the ability to routinely lift up to 50#, and weekend hours. Apply in person at the Mishicot Country Store, 150 E Main Street, Mishicot, WI 54228 or applications available below.

Branch C-Store Part-time Food Service/Cleaner. Are you a friendly, energetic person with good customer service skills? Our Cenex Convenience Store in Branch, WI is hiring for a part-time Food Service/Cleaner position that may be perfect for you. The qualified candidate will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include food preparation, stocking, customer service and cleaning. Basic food service experience appreciated, but will train if needed. The position is a flexible schedule of 6 - 12 hours weekly. Applications are available in store and below and should be submitted in person at Country Visions (Cenex®) 8133 US Highway 10, Branch, WI 54247. (Whitelaw, WI address)  (posted 6-13-17)

Our Mishicot Country Store has an immediate opening for a part-time customer service representative. The qualified candidate will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include stocking, cashiering, load & unload merchandise, LP cylinder refills and customer service. Requirements include lifting 50+ pounds daily, basic math & computer skills, and dependability. The position offers a flexible schedule of 15 to 20 hours a week scheduled between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and alternating weekends. Must be at least 18 years old and have an outgoing personality. Applications are available in-store and below. Submit an application to Store Manager at 150 E Main Street, Mishicot, WI.

A&W/Hot Stuff Food Service at our Reedsville C-Store location is seeking qualified candidates to fill part-time positions. Employees have a variety of responsibilities that include making food items, interacting with customers and kitchen prep/clean-up duties.The position offers a flexible schedule of 15 to 20 hours a week, nights, weekends and holidays. Applications are available in store and below. Please submit an application in person at the C-Store at 525 Main Street in Reedsville.

Our Valders Convenience Store has immediate openings for part-time Cashier and Food Service positions that may be perfect for you.  The qualified candidate will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include food preparation, cashiering, stocking, customer service and cleaning. Basic computer skills and food service experience appreciated. The position offers a flexible schedule with day, evening and weekend shifts available. Applications are available in store and below and should be submitted in person at Country Visions 511 S Calumet Street, Valders, WI.

Part-time Food Service/Cashier. Are you a friendly, energetic person with good customer service skills? Our Manitowoc Rapids Convenience Store is hiring for part-time Cashier/Food Service positions that may be perfect for you. Working in our newly expanded and remodeled facility, the qualified candidate will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include food preparation (Subway®), cashiering, customer service and cleaning. Basic computer skills and food service experience appreciated. The position offers a flexible schedule of 15+ hours a week and the pleasure of working in a family orientated environment. Applications are available in store and below and should be submitted in person at Country Visions (Cenex®) 311 N Rapids Road, Manitowoc, WI.

Our Reedsville Country Store has an immediate opening for a part-time customer service representative. The qualified candidate will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include stocking, cashiering, cleaning, window/screen repair, LP cylinder refills and operating the DNR terminal. Requirements include lifting 50+ pounds daily, basic math & computer skills, and dependability. Position offers scheduled hours Monday – Friday with every other Saturday morning in a family orientated environment. Applications are available in-store and below. Submit an application to Christal Mulder, Country Store Div. Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to store manager at 305 N 6th Street, Reedsville, WI.

Part-time Retail Customer Service.  Are you ready to move into or expand your career in retail? Country Visions De Pere Country Store is accepting applications for part-time customer service representatives. The qualified candidates will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include customer service, answering phones, cashiering, pricing and stocking merchandise. The ideal person would have computer skills and experience handling money. Country Visions Cooperative’s De Pere location offers a flexible daytime schedule of 15 to 25 hours per week and the pleasure of working in a family orientated environment. Applications are available at Country Visions Cooperative 1221 Grant Street, De Pere, WI or online at www.countryvisionscoop.com. To apply, submit an application in person at the De Pere store address or send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Mishicot Convenience Store (Hot Stuff, Cenex) has an immediate opening for a part-time, day-shift food service position. Are you a friendly, energetic person with good customer service skills who is looking for employment? This may be perfect for you. Working in this high-traffic facility, the qualified candidate will be engaging in a variety of responsibilities to include making pizzas, appetizers, other food items, interacting with customers and kitchen prep/clean-up duties. Previous food service experience is appreciated, but training is available for qualified candidates. The position offers a flexible schedule of 15 to 20 hours a week. Applications are available in store and below. Please submit application in person at Country Visions 114 E Main Street, Mishicot, WI

Convenience and Country Store Clerks applications are always accepted at our stores and considered for current openings. If jobs not currently available, your application will be kept on file and considered for future job openings.

Food Service Employment applications are always accepted at our locations and considered for current openings. If jobs not currently available, your application will be kept on file and considered for future job openings.

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Agronomy Event on August 24th

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The AnswerPlot event on August 24th was attended by many of our customers.  If you missed it, contact your agronomist for details on the trials that took place.

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As a crop producer, have you asked, "How can I do better?"  Come and see first hand at the Winfield® Answer Plot® on Wednesday, August 24th.
Let us shed some light on where to start.  Visit with our Agronomy team and vendors representing several seed companies.
The Answer Plot® is one of 15 in the country with over 200 trials taking place.

Registration at 9:00 a.m.
Introduction at 9:30 a.m.
Plot Tour Rotations starting at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
      - Corn Variety Trials
      - Soybean Plots / Agronomic Info
      - Forage & Silage Trials / HarvXtra™ Low Lignin Alfalfa

The plot is located at Quinney Road & Minahan Road, Chilton, WI 53014

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Featuring:
Soil Root Pit
360 Y-Drops
Drone Flying
Precision Planting

Contact Country Visions Agronomy for questions about this event.

 

Does Your Dog Have Food Allergies?

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Food allergies to humans are no mystery. Peanuts, fish, wheat, eggs, and many other foods are common allergy triggers. Their symptoms are unmistakable. One may develop a rash, their throat may swell, hives may develop, and many other symptoms may arise. We recognize food allergies in our own lives so easily, but what about in our pets? Did you know that your pet can have food allergies just like humans can? Dogs and cats are both susceptible to developing a food allergy at some point in their life. In fact, about 10% of dogs have food allergies. An even higher amount of dogs develop intolerances to certain foods, but more on that later.

Dogs can be allergic to a variety of things. They can be allergic to pollen in the environment, insect bites (specifically flea bites), and even their own food. Dealing with a pet food allergy is one of the most frustrating things a pet owner has to deal with. One can go through many different brands and types of food and still not find a food that works. Contrary to popular belief, corn or grain is more than likely not the cause of your pet’s food allergy. Instead, the problem typically lies with the protein source in the food. The most common sources are chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb.

Diagnosing allergies in dogs can be a little complex. It is fairly easy to tell when a type of allergic reaction is taking place, but determining an exact trigger can take some investigating. Dogs that are allergic to their food may display symptoms such as biting, licking, or scratching at their skin. They could have a poor hair coat, and may also experience recurring ear infections. A food intolerance is a little bit different, but presents a similar problem. An intolerance is similar to an allergy, but does not truly trigger an immune response like an allergy does. A food intolerance may display itself as vomiting, or diarrhea after consuming a type of food. Once symptoms have been detected, regardless of a suspected allergy or intolerance, a diagnosing process can begin. It is always advised to consult your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s feeding program.

carsonThe most recommended solution is to first to completely change your dog’s food. If he is having an adverse response to a chicken based food, try beef or a fish based food. Remember to make gradual changes when trying a new food. Always be sure to mix new with old, and gradually keep adding more new until the old is gone. If you see a marked improvement, then you can begin to conclude that the allergen/intolerance stemmed from your original food. If there is not much difference, then you can try something else. It may take a little experimenting to find what works best. We are fortunate to have so many protein sources available to us in dog food. Don’t be afraid to try different sources such as rabbit or venison. Typically for dogs with true allergies and intolerances, a fish based dog food is a great option. It may be a little stinky, but it can do wonders for dogs. If your pet is still experiencing symptoms after trying different types of food, it is best to work with your veterinarian and perhaps see if performing an allergy test on your dog is possible.

Dog food allergies and intolerances are common. Just like people they can experience the same discomfort and unpleasantness that comes along with eating the wrong thing. You as the owner know your dog best. If you notice anything out of the ordinary that is concerning, contact your veterinarian first. When trying to decide on a new food to try, certainly consult your veterinarian, but also you can talk to a pet food specialist. Most pet stores will have trained staff to help point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a new food for your pet. Remember that allergies and intolerances typically stem from protein sources, not grain. When trying to correct an allergy, look for a different protein source when choosing a new food. Be patient, and you will find the right solution.

Article provided by Carson Meyer, Feed Sales Intern for Purina Animal Nutrition

 

 

 

 

What is a Co-op?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a cooperative as a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits on the basis of use. Member users, or patrons, own and democratically elect the board of directors, which provides oversight of the co-op. Net earnings are distributed on the basis of proportional use, or patronage, rather than on investment.

Cooperative associations have been organized throughout history to carry out many different activities, often in response to economic and social stress. Cooperative organizations in the United States first appeared in the late 1700's and today co-ops can be found in all sectors of the U.S. economy. Consumer, purchasing and farm supply cooperatives are all organized to provide the specialized goods or services that their member patrons want to buy.

By combining member demand, a co-op can provide better availability, selection, pricing, or delivery of products or services to individual consumers, businesses or farmers. Farm supply co-ops cost-effectively supply input, fuel and agronomy services to farm business owners.