We had a lot of winter in our part of Wisconsin, usually settling in around the middle of November and often staying with us into early April when I was growing up. Winter sports were important to me and my brothers. I tended to my trap line each morning on skis, and of course we skied downh…

Wisconsin author Lisl Detlefsen received the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s “Book of the Year” award at AFBF’s annual convention last week in New Orleans. Her winning book, “Right This Very Minute,” is the first book published with the Foundation’s Feeding Minds Press.

When John Govin and his wife, Julie, started hosting weddings at The Weddin’ Barn at their farm just east of Menomonie five years ago, they looked forward to renting the down-home, picturesque site to couples on their special day.

The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School, a two-day workshop designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers, will be held on the UW-Madison campus Feb. 16-17.

The 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and State 4-H Skillathon contests will be held together on Saturday, March 2 at the UW-Madison Animal Sciences Building in Madison.

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving arm, is offering scholarships to 120 students this year. High school seniors living within Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory who are from a rural background or pursuing post-secondary education in an ag…

Family has been at the core of Stainless and Repair in Marshfield for 45 years. The business, which started with a simple letter from founder Stanley Backaus to local milk haulers and cheese factories, has grown into a multiple service provider operated by the Backaus family.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Fairs have the opportunity to change a life, whether it’s the life of an exhibitor, a volunteer or an attendee, Jessica Underberg, chairwoman of the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, said during the opening session of the Wisconsin Association of Fairs ann…

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STEVENS POINT — Agriculture settings can be unpredictable, making it important to be prepared and aware in order to stay safe, according to Tractor Central Human Resources and Safety Director Will Petska.

LANCASTER — As the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of agricultural products company Alltech, said, “Have passion and purpose. When you have the why, you find the how.”

WISCONSIN DELLS — According to Isabella Haen, 2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, the word “fair” is so much more than its definition in the dictionary. To Haen, the fair means food, faith and farming; it means learning and spreading the word about agriculture. Fairs also inspire those who …

The seed catalogs are piling up and I am eagerly anticipating a stretch of time in which to dream and shop for this year’s selections. Don’t wait too long or the best varieties may be gone. Plus, some seeds require extra time before they are ready to go into the garden.

Youth looking for support to buy their first Brown Swiss can apply for the Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program offered by the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association. The organization is accepting applications between now and Feb. 15.

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The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will host its second Breakfast at the Barn presenter, Kim Bremmer of Ag Inspirations, on Jan. 29.

Jessica Routier has been riding horses from a very young age — before she can even remember. She entered her first competition when she was 6 years old and has earned numerous accolades throughout her rodeo career.

Many winters have come and gone since those days when I was a kid growing up on a farm. My memories of winter are forever embedded in my mind. However the meaning of what I remember has only begun to come into focus in recent years. The winter months in the North can be cold, cruel months, e…

Happy New Year! Every year, I make a resolution to learn something new. Being Alice in Dairyland certainly helps as I constantly have the opportunity to network with agribusinesses leaders in a variety of industries.

MINERAL POINT — In 2005, four families in Iowa County were searching for a home church, one centered around a loving community preaching the word of God. The families had met at different locations around town before deciding to build their own Evangelical church — the place of worship conti…

Each year brings a new flurry of decisions for eager gardeners. What plants should I grow and once that question is answered, which varieties should I grow? Luckily, the All-American Selections group conducts trials of new releases and, based on their independent research, picks the top performers.

Sand County Foundation, a nonprofit conservation group based in Madison, has named Nicholas Goeser, Ph.D., its vice president of agricultural strategy.

Cooperative Network presented awards, seated a new board, reviewed its legislative agenda and looked ahead at challenges for cooperatives during the organization’s annual meeting held in November in La Crosse. The conference theme was “Cooperatives See the Future.”

Stacey Kunde, agricultural educator at Brillion High School in the Calumet County city of Brillion, was among a select group of agriculture teachers nationwide who received the 2018 Teachers Turn the Key professional development scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Plant health officials are cautioning consumers to burn wreaths and other evergreen decorations, or bag them and put them in the trash, after inspectors found invasive insects on many such items sold at large chain stores in Wisconsin this holiday season.