MONROE — Gathered around tables in the basement of the Green County Justice Center, two small groups of agribusiness professionals reviewed six different scenarios, discussing amongst themselves how they’d respond, what questions they’d ask and how they’d proceed in recommending resources depending on how producers answered the questions they posed. ... Read more
WAUPACA — Cindy Oerter said she approached the first 25 years of her health care career from the perspective of treating illness after it was diagnosed. She spent the next 25 years focusing on wellness and prevention, but the venue wasn’t a hospital or spa. Instead, she operates a four-room …
For the past three years Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative has gathered women in rural areas to explore issues especially relevant to women in the second half of life. Women over the age of 50 are invited to a “Coffee and Conversation” from 10 a.m to noon on June 18 at the Frances L. Simek …
The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation has announced this year’s scholarship recipients. A record number of exemplary applications were submitted for consideration. Scholarships are awarded through company and individual endowed funds by supporters who share a passion for 4-H and the leadership and li…
Last fall I planted a lot of garlic. Only a few of the “white variety” have come up. Do I need to replant or just be patient? Can I plant garlic now?
MARSHFIELD — Faced with a number of students leaving central Wisconsin to advance their agriculture educations, Mid-State Technical College has taken steps in the past several years to convince these students to remain in the region.
A strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impacts their mental health, according to a new national Morning Consult research poll.
MINNEAPOLIS — As interest in knowing where your food comes from continues to boom, local food fans are increasingly flocking to on-farm dining experiences, from multi-course farm-to-table meals to family-friendly pizza nights. This movement opens up opportunities for farmers to launch dining…
RICE LAKE — Rural Wisconsin suffers from an “acute shortage” of trained professionals to help residents deal with mental health and substance abuse issues, according to Pamela Guthman, a clinical assistant professor in UW-Eau Claire’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Jarrad Fluekiger is relieved that a proposal for an antlerless-only deer hunting season in Buffalo County in November has been shot down by the state Department of Natural Resources.
Author Jerry Apps recently signed a contract with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press to write a book on the history of Wisconsin state, county and district fairs.
Two organizations were honored as the 2019 Top Rural Development Initiatives during the Wisconsin Rural Summit held late last month in Rice Lake. Awards were presented to the following:
MADISON — Women who attended a recent conservation learning circle geared toward female landowners didn’t listen to a lecture or even view a PowerPoint presentation. Instead, they connected with other women landowners, creating a space to share ideas and resources to help one another.
Back when I was a kid, whenever a couple or more farmers got together, whether it was at the grist mill waiting for cow feed to be ground, around the table during grain threshing season, over the back fence when neighbors stopped their work for a chat, or when they came to town on Saturday n…
Perhaps you are one of the lucky few whose garden soil is in perfect condition for planting this season. Many of us are eager to get growing but the excess of rain and snow has kept the soil too wet. Don’t let that stop you from getting some crops and flowers planted — look to containers.
EAU CLAIRE — The Chippewa Valley Antique Engine and Model Club wants to make sure people of all ages have the chance to test their toys at their spring show.
RICE LAKE — Can small towns be cool?
Wisconsin Farmers Union, in partnership with Pheasants Forever, will host six Women Caring for the Land workshops around the state this summer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed April 30 that a popular weed killer is safe for people, as legal claims mount from Americans who blame the herbicide for their cancer.
UW-Extension has plots available to rent at the Walworth County Community Garden. Community gardens provide common ground for people to grow plants, build strong communities and provide the space needed for a garden. A community garden also offers people of all ages, backgrounds and skill le…
Editor’s note: Retired The Country Today Editor Jim Massey visited with members of the Register Family Bee Farm during a recent visit to northwest Florida.
UW-Madison students Morgan Larson and Auna Kaufmann-Schwartz have shown remarkable dedication to their campus jobs, with both recently recognized for their hard work through the first annual UW-Madison Student Employee of the Year competition.
MONROE — It was a long time coming, a project described by those involved in its planning as one that went back as many as eight years. And it finally became reality on April 25 as students, past and present, staff and community members alike celebrated the official groundbreaking of Blackha…
It’s May! All around us, spring is waking up. May is a marvelous month, full of possibilities and potential. In May everything can be planted — eventually.
MADISON — UW-Madison Collegiate Farm Bureau hosted its annual Ag Day on Campus April 19 on Library Mall on the UW-Madison campus. The event, with a theme of “One percent feeding 100 percent,” was designed to educate others and promote Wisconsin agriculture.
Derek Orth, a Grant County Farm Bureau member, has been chosen to participate in the American Farm Bureau’s 10th class of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership honors program, along with nine other young leaders. Partners in Agricultural Leadership is designed to help agricultural leaders …
Protected by a blanket of snow, weed seeds and some seedlings survive a Midwest winter and burst forth at the first sign of marginally decent growing conditions. Now is the time to learn all about the weeds that can threaten the success of your favorite garden plants. Just as knowing how a t…
Giving engaged couples a place to begin their new lives together is preserving a 150-year-old barn on the Horstmann family farm. Renovating the barn as a wedding venue has become the means for preserving the building.
Earth Arts of the Upper St. Croix will present the 18th annual Spring Art Tour May 3-5 at sites throughout Polk County in northwest Wisconsin and Chisago County in east-central Minnesota.
Red Wing Arts has engaged Peyton Scott Russell (aka Sprayfinger), a graffiti artist from Minneapolis, to help the community of Red Wing, Minn., bridge cultural gaps and become educated on the concept of graffiti vs. graffiti as art and the sensitive nature as to where and when it's vandalism.
It seems that spring has finally sprung and it’s time to gather ideas for your garden at the UW Family Gardening Day on Saturday, May 4, on the UW–Madison campus.
Vita Plus Loyal has selected a high school senior as a recipient of the 2019 “Our Future is Agriculture” scholarship, recognizing deserving students with long-term career interests in agriculture. This year’s recipient is Katerina Kolzow of Colby High School.
Gov. Tony Evers recently presented five recipients with the Governor's Tourism Award for outstanding contributions to the state's hospitality and travel industry. Awardees were recognized at the annual Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism in Wisconsin Dells.
NEENAH — The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, home to the world’s largest collection of glass paperweights, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador, will be selected at the three-day Finals Program May 9-11 in Green County.
At the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting last December, representatives reported that membership grew to 46,622 in 2017 — the 10th consecutive year of membership growth. The organization’s annual report also detailed that although 2018 membership numbers weren’t available the…
Located in southwest Wisconsin, Green County is known for many things. While famous for its Swiss heritage, colorful festivals, award-winning cheeses and tasty local brews, the area also boasts two trails for hiking and biking, as well as prairies, parks, the Sugar River and the only ATV tra…
There are as many ways of planting a vegetable garden as there are gardeners. I’ll share what I do and how I do it, but in no way do I suggest mine is the best way or the only way.
TREMPEALEAU — About a thousand years ago, a small group of people left the city life behind and paddled 530 miles north on the Mississippi River, settling briefly, but apparently very specifically, at what is modern-day Trempealeau.
School Name and Chapter Name: Oconto Falls FFA Chapter, Oconto Falls High School and Washington Middle School.
Now that it's officially spring, Wisconsinites look forward to celebrating warmer weather. Judging by the 2019 line-up of spring and summer events in Wisconsin, there's no shortage of outdoor festivities.
Wisconsin Rural Partners will hold its annual Wisconsin Rural Summit April 24-25 in Rice Lake. The event attracts people from across the state to discuss rural issues and network with individuals who work to make rural Wisconsin a better place to live.
From the cornfields to the baseball fields, America’s Dairyland and America’s pastime are coming together this season.
Jill Stahl Tyler and Karen Nielsen have quite a bit in common. They both grew up on farms in the Midwest — Jill on a dairy farm in northern Illinois and Karen on a beef operation in northern Wisconsin. They also share a love for dairy, but most importantly, they share a passion to help educa…