Jefferson County Farm Technology Days 2019 has extended the deadline for local exhibitors in the Rural Entertainment Center, formally the Family Living Tent, and Arts and Crafts applications.

NEW GLARUS — Five young women from across Wisconsin have been named finalists for the 72nd Alice in Dairyland position, it was announced at a news conference on March 15 in Green County, which will host the Alice in Dairyland Finals Program May 9-11 at various locations.

MADISON — Everyone experiences stress, the type of tension that accelerates our bodies into fight or flight mode. Stress can also be energizing and motivating, pushing us to accomplish tasks. But how do you know when stress morphs into something else: distress?

One of my first memories as a child involved gardening. I wanted to check Pa’s big potato patch. I had turned 3 in July and had developed a considerable exploratory nature much to the unhappiness of my mother, who tried to keep track of me while she did all the other tasks required of farm w…

DODGEVILLE — When the family-owned Quality Bakery closed for a week recently to complete a remodeling project, area people went into a panic. In the family’s best estimate, it had been at least 40 years since the bakery was last closed for a week, and people were quick to notice this downtow…

Recently I was showing a friend the seedlings I have started for the garden. Her 12-year-old son Mason was with us and he became quite excited at the prospect of growing his own food. He wanted to do it all! He has now declared me his gardening mentor and we both look forward to hours togeth…

School Name and Chapter Name: Spencer FFA Chapter, Spencer High School.

UW-Madison Extension’s North Country Master Gardener Association will host a Mini Master Gardener Short Course for youth and their families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse south of Spooner.

The UW-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to explore what the program has to offer.

Lakeshore Technical College has been serving students in eastern Wisconsin since 1974, expanding several times and adding community education courses in various locations in surrounding communities. More than10,000 students were enrolled during the 2017-18 academic year, preparing them for c…

The Midwest-produced feature-length documentary film “Decoding the Driftless” has been named Best Picture and Best Cinematography in the Documentary Feature category by the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.

Wisconsin has much to be proud of, from our diverse agriculture industry to fruitful businesses. One of the best parts of my job as Alice is to share the success stories of those who provide food, fuel and fiber for the world. Those tales are becoming more prominent as Buy Local, Buy Wiscons…

DODGEVILLE — Since 2004, former agricultural journalist and photographer Pam Karg has been living in the Republic of Armenia, a country 10 time zones away from Milwaukee, where she was raised. It is a country that has truly touched her heart with its people, stories and hospitality, but she …

Barneveld-based company Bio-Vet is a new benefactor of the nonprofit Wisconsin FFA Foundation, partnering recently to provide a $5,000 gift to support the organization and other agricultural education partners statewide. 

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Jefferson County foods committee has extended the application deadline to April 1 as the committee continues to look for nonprofit organizations to staff the food tents during the show on July 23-25. The show will be hosted by Walter Grain Farm in Johnson Creek.

DARLINGTON — The first round of well water sampling in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties as part of the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study, also known as SWIGG, has been completed, with state geologist Ken Bradbury and federal biologist Joel Stokdyk awaiting results of specif…

Many winters have come and gone since those days growing up on a farm. Although the stories happened many years ago, they are forever embedded in my mind. The details are as vivid to me as something I experienced yesterday. However the meaning of the stories has only begun to come into focus…

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honorary Recognition Award, Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Alumni Award. These are the highest honors awarded by the college at UW-Madison, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding…

Twelve Wisconsin schools have been awarded grants to establish habitat for imperiled insect pollinators and monarch butterflies.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Excitement was in the air at Kramer’s Auction Gallery in early January as auctioneers prepared for their Winter Firearms Sale. A record number of registered bidders were watching the auction items closely, with 1,500 bidders anxiously following online while a record-settin…

My daughter Sue, who is a second-grade teacher, tells me that kids today are absolutely forbidden to take part in snowball fights at school. That’s probably a good thing, but that rule was certainly not in place when I attended our one-room country school. Snowball fights were as common as p…

Since it first opened in 1910, Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior has only been entrusted to a handful of head lighthouse keepers. In April 2019, Split Rock’s latest and longest resident keeper, Lee Radzak, will retire after 36 years in the role and 42 at the Minnesota Historical Society.

March brings spring! It may be cold and snowy outside but come March 10, it’s time to spring forward into Daylight Savings Time. Ten days later March 20 brings the vernal equinox and the official start of spring. Get ready to garden because the days are getting longer, the sun is getting bri…

School Name and Chapter Name: Portage FFA Chapter, Portage High School and Bartels Middle School.