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A special section of the Tri-County News • Chilton, Kiel and New Holstein • Thursday, June 7, 2018

22-year-old farm owner

Fox Valley Tech program helps farmers learn, grow By Mark Sherry Like every other vocation on the planet, farming has changed dramatically over the years. Whether it be dairy farming, crops, livestock, or the myriad of other types of agricultural endeavors, it is not an exaggeration to say that the list of “best practices” on every farm is changing constantly. That is why many farmers today put together teams of experts who know the latest and greatest in their specific areas of expertise. It also is not unusual to include someone from the nearest technical college on that team—someone like Jeremy Hanson of Fox Valley Technical College. Hanson is in his 14th year as an instructor for the Farm Business & Production Management Program at FVTC. He said he believes the program is as important today as when he started, and high student-to-instructor ratios support that. He said many farmers rely on people like him for information, even though he said he has to be somewhat of a jack-ofall-trades because of the ever widening scope of agriculture. Program started in 1920s Wisconsin’s technical college agricultural programs have their roots in the 1920s and were one of the first formal programs to work with farmers, Hanson said. Today’s program provides individual instruction for each student, including on-farm sessions at least once every two months along with formal night classes at places such as FVTC’s Regional Center in Chilton or at area high schools. Four classes are offered each year on a variety of topics such as animal nutrition, equipment, and farm business operations. Hanson said information is geared to what specific farmers are doing and to their needs, including business plans, human resources topics, etc. He emphasized that he is an educator and not a consultant. He did not plan to be either of those when the Dunn County native headed off to become an engineer while studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before long, however, he said he realized he was not enjoying that field of study. He had always enjoyed spending time on his grandparents’ farm, and that experience eventually led to Hanson becoming an independent crop consultant and later an agronomist for Outagamie County. His experiences eventually led him to his current position with FVTC, one which he said he enjoys because of the variety of topics he handles. “There are always fires to put out,” he said. Many of those are in the area of dairy farming, but not all of them. One of the more interesting case studies Hanson has helped with is unfolding right now in the

Fox Valley Technical College agriculture instructor Jeremy Hanson (left) goes over some numbers with young farm owner Blake Schneider of rural Chilton. Mark Sherry photo

person of Blake Schneider. At the age of just 22, the 2014 graduate of Chilton High School is on the verge of becoming one of the area’s biggest raisers of feeder steers. Schneider first met Hanson as a 14or 15-year-old when he took a tractor safety course via FVTC. About a year and a half ago, Schneider called Hanson and said he wanted to start selling feeder steers. Growth already, more to come Now part of FVTC’s Farm Business & Production Management Program, Schneider has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. He said four years ago he had two steers in his parents’ back yard. He had about 15 when he called Hanson 18 months ago. Then the number rose to 20, and then to 100. Today Schneider has about 220 animals and has purchased his own farm and home on CTH Y northeast of Chilton. His parents have purchased the adjacent crop land so that he is buying feed from his mom and dad. “This is part of a bigger plan,” Hanson said of Schneider’s goals, which include

having 3,000 animals by the time he is 30 years old. “I consider myself part of the management team of his farm.” The road will not be easy, nor has it been to this point. Schneider and Hanson talked about how their first loan application with the Farm Service Agency was denied, something which they said is not all that unusual but was a significant setback. Schneider said he thought his plans might be dead in the water at that point, but Hanson encouraged him to keep going. “It’s all about the process,” Hanson said. Schneider said he learned a lot about how negotiations work—and how long they can take—when he was in the process of purchasing his farm and home. If he is to reach his goal, there will be more hurdles to clear such as adding buildings and adding employees. Hanson said it will take six years for Schneider to acquire his technical diploma but that many of his students continue taking classes even after they have their diploma in order to keep up with the industry. “Agriculture keeps changing every day,” he said. Their relationship will change over

time as Schneider’s operation matures. How to better raise his mix of Holsteins, Brown Swiss, and Angus will be one of the focuses this year. Schneider said he gets his calves primarily from other farms outside the immediate area when the calves are two or three days old. He said he is feeding about 60 calves right now on milk. Schneider said he has seen the growth in himself and his skills with the help of Hanson and other students and mentors. “I’m starting to know how to crunch numbers in my head,” he said. While having a 22-year-old farm and home owner who has a goal of owning 3,000 steers might be an extreme example, Hanson said it is not all that unusual as he is seeing a resurgence in students Schneider’s age with an interest in owning their own agriculture-related business. “There’s more interest this year,” Hanson said. He added, “It’s so rewarding to see him own his own business.” Schneider is quick to return the compliment. “If I wouldn’t have gotten a hold of Jeremy, this wouldn’t have worked,” he said.


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Farm events part of statewide celebration Hooray! June is National Dairy Month, and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is ready to celebrate Wisconsin’s rich dairy industry and long-standing tradition of breakfast on local dairy farms. “With more than 70 farm breakfasts hosted by farm families and community groups this June, it is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in Wisconsin to have fun learning about farms, cows, and dairy while enjoying great food and celebrating our state’s biggest industry,� said Suzanne Fanning, vice president of marketing communications for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. n Calumet County’s Sundae on a Dairy Farm is planned for Sunday, June 24 at 23226 W. Hillcrest Rd., Brillion. Activities will include farm tours, tractor/wagon rides, games, and educational exhibits. n The Envision Greater Fond du Lac Agri-Business Council Breakfast on the Farm is also planned for June 24 at N7661 CTH M, Rosendale. n The Sheboygan County Breakfast on the Farm is planned for Saturday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to noon at Rockland Dairy, W4705 CTH D, Random Lake. n Manitowoc County’s Breakfast on the Farm is scheduled to be held at United Vision Dairy in Mishicot and will include the crowing of the Dairy Princess and Miss Farm Bureau at 9:30 a.m. The event is planned for Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. The farm is located at 12434 Tannery Rd. Since the 1970s, communities have come together to celebrate Wisconsin’s dairy industry with delicious, dairyfilled breakfasts. Beyond enjoying a home-cooked meal, attendees can also

Funded by Wisconsin dairy farmers, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that focuses on marketing and promoting Wisconsin’s world-class dairy products. For more information, visit the website at wisconsindairy.org.

participate in on-the-farm activities including farm, barn, and milking parlor tours, wagon rides, and interacting with farm animals. “Each farm and breakfast menu is unique, featuring seasonal and local products from various parts of the state,� Fanning said. “Most will have games, balloons, music, and more.� In addition to showcasing Wisconsin dairy products, farm breakfasts offer eye-opening education about the nation’s leading dairy state and the $43.4 billion it contributes to the state’s economy. “If you can’t make it out to a farm breakfast, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate June Dairy Month,� Fanning added. “Share the event with friends, follow America’s Dairyland on Facebook, thank a farmer, and, of course, make sure delicious, nutritious Wisconsin dairy products are on your shopping list.� For more information on June Dairy Month, and to find a farm breakfast near you, visit HoorayWisconsinDairy.com.

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Welcome to the 33rd Annual Calumet County

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Sundae on a Dairy Farm!

All parking will be at Brillion High School, located right off STH 10 on west side of Brillion at W1101 CR-HR. Park in the school parking lot. Buses will transport attendees to the host farm site. A handicap bus will be available to transport attendees with special transportation requirements.

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SPECIAL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS • Array of cheese samplings from various Artisan Cheese Makers • Life-size “Addieâ€? The Cow, kids can milk her and much more • Calumet County Fairest of the Fair Melody Thiel, Junior Fairest of the Fair Emily Boll, and the 2018 Farm Bureau Princess will all be on hand to greet visitors • Tractor-Wagon Rides

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Officials back June Dairy Month Dairy is Wisconsin’s signature industry, contributing more than $43.4 billion to the state’s economy annually. It is no wonder government officials support the dairy industry and look forward to celebrating June Dairy Month. The first official farm breakfast in celebration of June Dairy Month was hosted in 1970 by Craig Laura Beane at Howlis Farms in Jefferson County. The event, which was organized by the local 4-H club, had 155 attendees. The menu included scrambled eggs, sausage, Tuesday morning cake, ice cold milk, and strawberry ice cream sundaes. Today, tens of thousands of people attend more than 70 farm breakfasts throughout Wisconsin. Each farm features a unique menu, activities, and entertainment. In total, it is anticipated that more than 5,000 gallons of milk, 300,000 eggs, and 100,000 pancakes will be served to hungry visitors at dairy farm breakfasts this June. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said, “Wisconsinites, including myself, have a lot to be proud of and celebrate during June Dairy Month. One of the best ways to celebrate is by attending a farm breakfast and meeting hard-working dairy farmers and their families. These quintessential celebrations are a true Wisconsin tradition that honor

the agriculture and dairy communities within our state. I look forward to attending breakfasts with Wisconsinites throughout the month.� “Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland thanks to our hard-working farm families, dairy processors and agribusinesses,� said Sheila Harsdorf, Wisconsin secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “As the dairy industry is the single largest segment of agriculture contributing to our state’s economy, June Dairy Month is truly something to be celebrated.� Stephanie Klett, Wisconsin secretary of tourism, said, “Celebrating June Dairy Month in America’s Dairyland is something everyone should put on their bucket list. Celebratory events and farm breakfasts provide countless opportunities to experience the state’s vibrant agricultural industry and beautiful rural landscape. At every event, you will meet proud and friendly people excited to share their dairy farming traditions.� “As a dairy farmer, it is a joy to provide educational experiences during June Dairy Month that allow people to explore Wisconsin dairy farms,� said Janet Clark, a board member with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. “Attending a dairy farm breakfast is a wonderful learning opportunity for younger generations. We’re thrilled to help build strong farms for a strong future here in Wisconsin.�

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LTC Dairy Club collects donations for nonprofits Students in the Lakeshore Technical College Dairy Club recently collected toiletries, laundry items, and socks for donation to various nonprofit groups. The club donated socks to the homeless via the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization and also donated socks to the LTC Career Closet. Ebenezer’s Laundry Love in Sheboygan received toiletries, laundry items, and socks from the club. The donations were secured by the club as part of a “Battle of the States” that took place at the national PAS conference in Louisville, Kentucky in March. Students representing LTC won the competition to see which college could secure the most donations.

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“We are proud of the Dairy Club’s commitment to this service project and thrilled they were successful at the national PAS conference,” said Craig Lallensack, instructor in LTC’s agriculture programs. “Not only does the Dairy Club give students experience with fundraising activities and national competitions, it also provides leadership opportunities for our student members.” Students enrolled in the Dairy Herd Management program are eligible for membership in the Dairy Club. Each year more than

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Dairy Task Force created by governor

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Tuesday, June 5 that the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the University of Wisconsin System (UW System) will create Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 that will enable stakeholders to come together to make recommendations on actions needed to maintain a viable and profitable dairy industry in the state. Governor Walker directed DATCP Secretary Sheila Harsdorf and UW System President Ray Cross to appoint the task force. “We need to work together to develop a strategy to maintain our state’s legacy as the Dairy State,” Governor Walker said. “Dairy farmers are facing challenges due to an extended period of low milk prices and market uncertainty. By creating this task force, industry experts can work together to create real solutions that can help our farmers, processors, and allied organizations, and to ensure that our dairy industry is not only our past, but our future.” In 1985, the UW System and DATCP Secretary appointed a Wisconsin Dairy Task Force comprised of 31 individuals including dairy farmers, milk processors, and allied organizations. The Task Force met numerous times over the course of 14 months, and at its conclusion unanimously approved an 82-page report that included findings and 75 recommendations for the industry. Many of the recommendations have been implemented over time to retain Wisconsin’s recognition as a dairy leader. “I look forward to partnering with the UW System to create a Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 and working with farmers, processors, industry organizations, and others to address the challenges facing the dairy industry,” said DATCP Secretary Harsdorf. “I thank the governor for recognizing the importance of the dairy industry to our state’s economy, and I am pleased to be involved as the industry works together to maintain Wisconsin’s status as a leading dairy state.” Wisconsin is home to more dairy farms than any other state, and about 96 percent of the state’s dairy farms are family owned. Wisconsin is also home to a vibrant dairy processing industry, renowned universities and research facilities, extensive network of agribusiTurn to TASK FORCE/page 14B

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Task Force nesses, and the World Dairy Expo. Wisconsin’s dairy industry creates nearly 80,000 jobs and generates $43.4 billion in economic impact every year, nearly half of agriculture’s total economic impact. “The university plays a critical role in the development and growth of Wisconsin’s dairy industry, both as a source of research and as a partner for our farmers,” added UW System President Cross. “This task force is an opportunity for the UW System, the state, and the industry to find new ways to advance Wisconsin’s leadership role as the Dairy State.” The Task Force will be chaired by Mark Stephenson. Stephenson is the director of dairy policy analysis at UW-Madison where he is involved in research and outreach in the dairy industry. “The Wisconsin dairy industry feels as though it is at another turning point, like the one faced in the 1980s—different reasons, but significant challenges and

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new opportunities,” said Mark Stephenson. “We need to be sure that we chart our direction to change what we can and accommodate what we can’t. The agronomic resources of the state have always been ideally suited to milk production and that is a foundation from which we can build a vibrant future.”

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The Task Force will seek to gain consensus on issues facing the dairy industry and release recommendations for the industry going forward. Additional information about the Task Force’s membership and upcoming meetings will be released in the near future.

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Dairy companies invited to seminar on exporting The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) invite Wisconsin dairy companies to attend a one-day seminar to hear about global opportunities for exporting cheese and other dairy products, as well as state resources for reaching new markets. Scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 in Tomah, the Cheese Export Seminar will be held in advance of a “reverse buyers’ mission” with cheese buyers from

Mexico, Chile, and the Middle East to be held later this summer (date and location to be announced). Lisa Stout, economic development consultant with DATCP’s International Agribusiness Center, said the June 19 exporting seminar has been planned in advance of the reverse buyers’ mission so Wisconsin dairy companies “can be best positioned to take advantage of the export opportunity” later this summer. According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council, U.S. dairy export volume

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reached an all-time high in February led by strengthening ingredient sales to Southeast Asia, record lactose exports to China, and broad-based increases in overseas sales of cheese. To further support Wisconsin dairy exports, DATCP and DFW have developed a new Wisconsin International Dairy Export (WIDE) initiative. The seminar and reverse buyers’ mission are part of that initiative. Topics to be covered at the Cheese Export Seminar include Global Dairy Outlook and Opportunities; Financing Your Exports; Getting Your Cheese

Overseas; A Company’s Experience in Exporting; and Export Resources. The targeted audience is Wisconsin dairy companies, including owners, executive management, business development personnel, and others involved in identifying new market opportunities. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel in Tomah. The registration feeis $50/ person. For more information contact Stout at (608) 224-5126 or Lisa.stout@wisconsin.gov.

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Exporting critical to state’s dairy industry production of numerous commodities, including cheese, cranberries, and ginseng. Exports support farmers right here in Wisconsin on our state’s 68,500 farms. Wisconsin farmers raise dairy cows, livestock, poultry, grains, fruits, vegetables and more. These crops are valuable to the state but must be able to reach the consumers who demand them, whether they are near or far. About 90 percent of Wisconsin milk is turned into cheese, and about 90 percent of Wisconsin cheese is sold outside the state’s borders. About 95 percent of the ginseng root exported from the U.S. comes from central Wisconsin. Two out of every three rows of soybeans from Wisconsin are sent to other countries. Exports are the key to getting agricultural products from Wisconsin farms to consumers’ dinner tables around the world. Last year, Wisconsin exported $3.5 billion of agricultural products, an increase of more than 3.6 percent over the same period in 2016. Wisconsin ranks 12th nationally among U.S. states in the value of our agricultural exports. While Wisconsin’s agricultural products are exported to 147 different countries, approximately half of the state’s agricultural exports are destined for our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. Our third most valuable export market is China. In 2017 Wisconsin’s agricultural exports to China alone increased

By Sheila Harsdorf When listening to the radio or reading the news lately, you have likely heard or seen numerous stories about negotiating trade agreements, possible tariffs, and meetings between national leaders. While there is a lot of back and forth debate and speculation, it is critical that as an industry, we remain focused on what is important—free and fair trade. Agricultural exports are critical for not only Wisconsin farmers and agribusinesses, but the entire state and country. Agriculture is an economic driver in Wisconsin. Each year, Wisconsin agriculture contributes more than $88 billion to the state’s economy. These dollars circulate throughout local communities supporting jobs and businesses. About 415,000 people in the state work in a job related to agriculture. These jobs are on the farm, in processing facilities, and at other agribusinesses in rural communities. Every job in agriculture supports an additional nearly 1.5 jobs elsewhere in Wisconsin. Export sales are critical to these jobs and the families they support. Our state’s farmers are some of the best at what they do, producing an abundance of safe, nutritious, and quality products efficiently for consumers. A typical U.S. farmer produces enough food to feed 155 people. Wisconsin is a national leader in the

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more than 27 percent to almost $300 million. Wisconsin agribusinesses transform our agricultural commodities into the value-added products our customers demand. The most valuable agricultural export categories last year were prepared fruits and vegetables and food ingredients. Oil seeds, including soybeans, dairy-related goods, and wood products also are in high demand from our worldwide consumers. In 2017, exports of dairyrelated goods increased nearly 20 percent in just one year. Agriculture depends on exports. Our farmers are currently enduring an extended period of low commodity prices. For the profitability of our farmers and our state’s long-term prosperity, it is crucial for Wisconsin to maintain our current trading partners and continue to expand and increase exports by building new relationships. In the state, we are privileged to be home to excellent research facilities and educational institutions that are known for their technical expertise. Through research and collaboration, we are developing new products and addressing distribution challenges in order Turn to page 19B

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Wisconsin… America's Dairyland These businesses salute those who help make Wisconsin America's Dairyland. Advanced Custom Geothermal, Kiel American ADV Gene Drumm Insurance Agency, Inc. American Family Insurance, Kiel Bank First National-Kiel Cleveland State Bank Law Offices of Darrow & Dietrich, S.C. Fromm Accounting Giebler Chiropractic, LLC Header In CF Heckman Henning’s Cheese Jan’s Self Serve Lee Karls Construction Kiel Dairy Queen Kiel Electric Utilities Kiel Foundry Co., Inc. Kraus Construction, Inc. Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home

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to reach new markets. But trading on a level playing field is key to our success. Our farmers can compete with the best provided we have free, fair, and transparent trade policies. Farmers need to know what markets are available to them and what products are most valuable to their customers prior to putting a seed in the ground. Here at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), we are committed to carrying out Governor Walker’s Executive Order #275, the Wisconsin Agriculture Market Development Initiative. Our staff work with Wisconsin farmers and agribusinesses as they work to grow markets locally, regionally, and internationally. Through

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technical assistance, referrals, and educational seminars, we work to remove barriers to trade to allow the industry to thrive in the worldwide marketplace. As agriculturalists, we have a great story to tell. As a state, we have valuable products to sell. We need to continue to focus on the significance of exports to our farmers, their families, agribusinesses, and the state’s economy. While it is important to modernize agreements, it is also important to keep our focus. Implications of negotiations and retaliation efforts impact all of us, whether we are in agriculture or just appreciate it. (Harsdorf is the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)

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What would a June is Dairy Month section be without a few recipes that call for dairy products? Give these recipes a try: 10-Minute Nacho Cheese 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup half-and-half* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 can (4-ounces) diced jalapenos 2 cups shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded Wisconsin Colby

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cheese Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Cooking instructions: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in half-and-half, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in jalapeños and cheeses until melted, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn to RECIPES/page 20B

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continued from page 19B Serve immediately. *Recipe tip: Half-and-half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half-and-half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk plus 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk plus 1/3 cup heavy cream. Grilled Garlic Bread Burgers with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions Ingredients: For caramelized onions: 2 teaspoons butter 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

pinch of sugar For cheeseburgers: 1 pound organic ground beef 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 4 hamburger buns 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 4 thick slices of Wisconsin mozzarella cheese For assembly: 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon your favorite mustard 1 sliced tomato Fresh arugula Cooking instructions: For caramelized onions: In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt

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butter and olive oil. Add sliced yellow onion and sauté, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Add sugar and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes until onions are caramelized and golden in color. You might need to adjust heat throughout the process to ensure that the onions don’t burn. For cheeseburgers: Place ground beef in large bowl along with minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Carefully mix everything in and divide the meat into 4 equal portions. Shape meat into burger patties and set on a dinner-sized plate. Butter each half of the hamburger buns with 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter and sprinkle evenly with garlic salt. Place buns on a separate plate. Fire up the grill to medium-high heat and let it heat for at least 5 minutes.

When grill is nice and hot, add patties and grill 2-3 minutes each side. Top each burger with a thick slice of Wisconsin mozzarella cheese and cover grill so cheese melts, about 1-2 minutes. When you put cheese on the burgers, it’s also a great time to put buns, buttered side down, on the grill so that they get nice and toasty! For assembly: Mix mayonnaise and mustard in small bowl. Slather each bun with desired amount of mustard mixture. Add burger, a handful of fresh arugula and tomato slices if desired and top with 1/4 of the caramelized onions.

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