The following guidelines were updated by the Fur Commission of the United States in 2014. In 1985, the Fur Farm Animal Welfare Coalition published the nation’s first set of operating Guidelines for the benefit of domestic mink and fox producers in the United States. The Guidelines were designed to assist farmers in assuring a humane…
Students attending School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies (SAGES) in Fox Lake can rattle off at least a dozen commodities in which the Badger state ranks No. 1 including cranberries, mink pelts and milk goats.
Now in its fourth year, the Fox Lake-based charter school has set aside a day during National Ag Week to give students in grades 4K through 8 an up close look at a diverse cross section of the state’s agriculture industry thanks to a host of presenters representing the diverse face of agriculture.
Presentations this year centered around the theme “Agriculture: How we rank #1 in the Nation”. Students rotated among seven stations that promoted hands-on exploration of Wisconsin commodities including cranberries, cheese, beets for processing, cabbage for sauerkraut, milk goats, mink and ginseng.
Sustainable Mink Ranches Targeted
The fur industry finds the need to increase security to cope with threats of animal rights activists.
An Interview With a Mink Farmer
There are many factors to take into account when considering the ethics of raising animals for fur.
Third Generation Still Caring for Mink
Bob Zimbal, president of Zimbal Minkery in Sheboygan Falls, WI believes in providing quality care to produce the highest-quality mink pelts.
Great Care is Given to the Animals’ Health
“Life on a fur farm revolves around the natural reproductive cycles of the animals,” explains the Fur Commission USA (FCUSA), a trade association representing some 400 fur-farming families across America.
The Fur Industry was Formed in Detroit
When the French built Fort Pontchartrain on the banks of the Detroit River in 1701, there was a very big reason why: fur.
Modern Agriculture Programs Go Beyond the Farm
High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation’s Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows.
Government Regulations Affecting Mink Fur Farming
The status of farmed mink is recognized in US federal law (US Code Title 7, Chapter 7, § 433) and, in common with all livestock,
Kansas Brothers’ Parody Video Goes Viral
Instant fame came for two brothers who recreate a classic to reflect their life on the farm.