CASSVILLE — Like many small towns across the country, Cassville was once a vibrant community, an active town with almost 1,350 residents. It was once home to two power plants — Alliant Energy’s Nelson Dewey Generating Station and DTE Energy’s E.J. Stoneman Generating Station. The town’s scho…
WEST BEND — Craig Blietz paints cows.
The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame inducted nine members from its 2018 class during an awards program on Nov. 3 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake County.
Justin Gerlach of the School District of Mishicot has received the 2018 Wisconsin Rural Teacher of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance.
If you have driven across Wisconsin in the fall, chances are you have seen a Wisconsin Lions deer hide collection site. Although the project started small in 1988, it has grown to raise more than $1 million for the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt.
Help prevent winter burn to trees and shrubs by taking some preventative steps this fall.
My friend told me that she cuts down her everbearing raspberry canes every fall. Ours were planted this past spring. Should they be cut back and how far from the ground please? She also said NOT to cut back my summer raspberries. Is she correct?
MADISON – According to Tera Johnson, director of the UW System Food Finance Institute, big and bigger changes are here when it comes to food business trends. She shared her thoughts on those trends with entrepreneurs at the fifth annual Edible Startup Summit on Oct. 26, organized by Dane Cou…
RICHLAND CENTER — From an early age, Mariel Kepler had a love of history and a respect for the men and women who served in the U.S. military.
From cooking with cranberries to Scandinavian troll carving, students at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn., have no trouble finding something to help ward off the winter doldrums.
Taking students beyond their classroom’s walls and helping them explore leading agricultural businesses across the country is the goal of the Ag Explorer Virtual Field Trips. With one in three people working in agriculture worldwide, according to FAO.org, the goal is to help agriculture educ…
I want to force some bulbs to give as Christmas gifts. What are the best bulbs to force?
Three Wisconsin FFA members walked away with top honors in their proficiency areas at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo held late last month in Indianapolis.
During the Civil War, soldiers serving in the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment adopted a bald eagle as their mascot.
With federal and state funding decreasing to institutions of higher learning, policy leaders and educators from universities and colleges across the country met at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in mid-September to hold a forum on higher education, and four panelists were invit…
Representatives of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, to be held in Jefferson County in 2019, are selling raffle tickets to help raise funds for the upcoming show.
With the start of the 2018-19 4-H year, new families and new members are encouraged to join the Chippewa County 4-H Program.
Reuniting neighbors and celebrating their roots was the theme of the Plum Valley reunion, held in early September on Andy Ennis’ family farm near Wonewoc. More than 50 people gathered, despite the area flooding, to share memories and rekindle friendships.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The struggle for small family farming operations to keep the doors open continues, not only for small dairy farms but also for other agricultural businesses.
I have lots of seeds leftover from the packets I purchased this year as well as some that I saved from some of my flowers. What’s the best way to store these so I can use them next year?
Hundreds of people took part in an array of activities at the annual Pumpkinfest celebration, which was held Oct. 20 in the Manitowoc County village of Mishicot.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — What once was just a hobby for speech therapist Colleen Sazama, who works in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School System, has now grown into its own side hustle.
Former The Country Today Editor Jim Massey received the Outstanding Media award Oct. 9 at Easter Seals Wisconsin’s biennial Recognition Dinner at Nakoma Golf Club in Madison.
School Name and Chapter Name: Baldwin-Woodville FFA Chapter, Baldwin-Woodville High School.
Oh, what stories the old grist mills could tell. Similar to the crossroads cheese factory, the grist mill was a place where farmers gathered to have corn and oats ground into cattle feed. It was a place where stories were told,and memories recalled. It was a place where those known to stretc…
WEBSTER — On a cold, rainy fall day, few things hit the spot like comfort food, and the staff at Emily’s Luncheon serve it up by the heaping plateful with a warm smile.
Minnesota produce growers can take a one-day training course to meet the requirements for the Produce Safety Rule, which is part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act. Under FSMA, fruit and vegetable farmers who grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and who do not qualify for a…
Halloween is the time for ghosts, goblins, witches and evil potions. This may sound scary and a bit dangerous, but many of the plants that you regularly grow might be hazardous to humans, cats or dogs!
The National 4-H organization has a long history of helping youth develop leadership skills through hands-on learning projects. It started in the early-1900s as a way to connect education to country life but has since developed to encompass not only rural youth but those within the city limi…
As winter approaches, questions about preserving garden plants come fast and furious. It’s hard to say goodbye to the plants that have brought us such joy all summer long. With a little bit of loving attention, your plants should survive.
Owen earns flower honors
The Vernon County Fair in Viroqua provides a venue of entertainment, opportunities to showcase 4-H and FFA youth, colorful magic shows, truck and tractor pulls as well as a demolition derby, to name a few highlights. This year, the Vernon County Fair and its supporters added charitable givin…
More than 300 people attended “Once Upon an Auction” Sept. 20 at RiverEdge Golf Course in Marshfield to support farmer health and safety.
Rural mail carriers continue to make their rounds, every day except Sunday, all seasons of the year. County people look forward to their pulling up to their mailboxes as much today as they did when the first mail carrier came by, driving a team of horses.
Recognizing the importance of fostering the next generation of the dairy industry, DeLaval presented a $10,000 donation to the National 4-H Council to support the National 4-H Dairy Conference during the conclusion of their 2018 event held at World Dairy Expo. This donation not only helps yo…
ROCK SPRINGS — 2008 was a life-changing year for 37-year-old Kyle Martin.
This year was extremely wet in southern Wisconsin. This was not the first very wet year we have experienced and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Once again, I found lessons to be re-learned from nature’s abundance of water.
If frost hasn’t hit your garden yet, it soon will, wreaking havoc on parts of the garden.
Gov. Scott Walker and the Public Service Commission recently announced $7 million in new Rural Broadband Expansion Grant Awards. The 37 new grants will extend high-speed internet access to as many as 1,100 business locations and 14,000 residential locations.
Fall is officially here and leaves are turning bright colors, making for beautiful scenery across the Wisconsin countryside. One way to make the most of the fall scenery is to take part in the third annual Clark County Harvest Moon Tour.
It’s officially fall and cold temperatures are on the way. Fall means it is time to get produce and flowers stored away for the winter.
As I think back to my growing up years on a farm, I realized I learned a lot without knowing I was learning it.
School Name and Chapter Name: Unity FFA, Unity High School, Balsam Lake.
As you drive around a steel building at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station on Mineral Point Road, your nose informs you before your eyes do that you’ve found the outdoor laboratory of Scott Sanford, a UW-Madison agricultural engineer.
Our phlox are huge this year. Can I divide and transplant them and when is the best time to do it? Same with our hostas. How do you divide them? And is it best to transplant in the fall or spring?
Although we can still work and play in our gardens for weeks to come, it’s also true that the gardening season is almost over for another year. As you harvest, weed and clean up this year’s plot, look to the future. Some questions you might ponder include:
Ginseng was first cultivated in Marathon County in the late 1800s by the Fromm brothers, who farmed north of Wausau near Hamburg. The brothers used their ginseng profits to build a silver fox farming complex, quickly becoming major producers of both products. They were known for their innova…
GREENVILLE — South Greenville Grange Hall recently was added to the National Register of Historic Places on this, the 90th anniversary year of its construction.