Public invited to learn more about development of Golden Sands Family Farm


Public invited to learn more about development of Golden Sands Family Farm

Online tool provides access to information from recently submitted report

The public is invited to learn more about Golden Sands Family Farm thanks to a new online resource tool. The interactive online tool provides the public with access to important information from the recently submitted Environmental Impact Report (EIR) concerning the creation of Golden Sands Family Farm. Golden Sands Family Farm is being developed by central Wisconsin-based Wysocki Family of Companies and will be located in the Wood County Town of Saratoga.

“For more than 60 years and going on three generations, we have remained committed to environmental responsibility, growing the local economy and providing a legacy for our children and grandchildren,” said Jim Wysocki, chief financial officer of the Wysocki Family of Companies. “Golden Sands Family Farm will add productive farmland to our current operations and helps us continue our tradition of farming and land stewardship.”

The new online tool provides neighbors of the project and people throughout Wisconsin with important facts from the Environmental Impact Report, which was recently submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the agency primarily responsible for processing project permit applications. The EIR provides the DNR with comprehensive information about the science and technology behind Golden Sands Family Farm and answers to many questions the public has raised concerning the planned farming operations.

The new interactive tool can be found online at www.FarmingFullCircle.com. It contains easily accessed data, facts and highlights from the EIR. The EIR is a valuable and comprehensive tool for identifying issues to be addressed as the current red pine plantation, which is regularly harvested for the paper industry, is converted to both agricultural crop fields and a productive dairy. The EIR is an important step in the multi-stage permitting process for Golden Sands Family Farm.

“We have worked tirelessly with scientists and other experts to carefully develop a plan that will be sensitive to the community and the environment and the concerns we have heard. We’re pleased to share highlights from that plan with the public through our new online tool,” said Jim Wysocki. “This online resource allows anyone to get timely and accurate information about the Golden Sands Family Farm project at any time and to avoid confusion and misinformation.”

When it becomes operational, Golden Sands Family Farm will annually produce an estimated 13.5 million gallons of milk, 21,000 tons of silage corn, 22,500 tons of potatoes, 1,500 tons of grain corn, 10,000 tons of alfalfa, 5,500 tons of sweet corn, 3,500 tons of snap beans and 1,100 tons of peas.

Wysocki Family of Companies, a family-farming operation, is an industry leader and key grower/shipper of year-round potatoes and onions. The company prides itself on maintaining a high level of business integrity that includes commitments to environmental sustainability, as well as innovation and retail solutions.

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3.14.2014