Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has announced a new partnership with Dane County Farm Bureau to educate teachers and K-12 students on the importance of agriculture in our economy and society.
Congratulations to the winners of the annual 2019 Supreme Exhibitor contest, announced recently by Wisconsin State Fair officials.
The Country Today will be running its Christmas Memories Contest again this year.
Tim Schneider’s love of baseball and a yen to “swing a better bat” led him to get into the wood baseball bat making business. In 2015, he, along with his friend and former college teammate, Mike White and brothers, Dan and Greg, started Three Brothers Bats, a name their sister, Sarah, suggested.
What goes together better than cookies and milk? Girl Scouts in Dane County say…nothing!
With the passing of Halloween, many of us are ready to get in the holiday spirit! This year, checking friends and family off your list will be a breeze when you shop from local businesses that are part of the Something Special from Wisconsin program. This program, administered by the Wiscons…
DEERFIELD (AP) — The collection includes a typewriter from the train depot, a clock from the old post office, a wooden crate from the now-defunct Johnson Hardware and a yardstick from the former Deerfield Motor Co.
Bob Williams, former Fairs Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, was one of the great story tellers in the fair industry. He loved to share his stories, but even more, he loved to hear people share their fair stories.
STEVENS POINT — When October and the first hard frost hits the Midwest, wild nut foragers take to the woods to harvest what many consider the best tasting nut of all: hickory.
DUBUQUE, Iowa — In his presentation at the 33rd annual Tri-State Agricultural Lenders Seminar, Doug Johnson, director of sales at Moody’s Analytics of Omaha, Nebraska, said three big things are influencing today’s producer and tomorrow’s producer: the agriculture economy, agriculture technol…
When Ryan Neville was brought on as the chief executive of Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville, the sole hospital serving Clark County, it could not get a bank loan.
BARNEVELD — For more than 50 years, Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program has helped people in rural communities of southwestern Wisconsin fight the causes and conditions of poverty. Through services and programs, about 100 staff, along with over 400 volunteers, work tirelessly to …
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has issued an order finalizing approval for the Wisconsin portion of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project, outlining the requirements that must be met in the construction of the 345,000-volt line and substation in Wisconsin.
BARNEVELD — Wally Orzechowski, executive director of Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, has served in his role for 16 years now, and has had the honor of presenting Community Partner Awards at the organization’s gala each year. This year was no exception, with six individuals r…
The second annual “An Evening of Art” auction benefitting the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation raised nearly $15,000 to support Wisconsin 4-H arts and communications programs. The event was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Ray Cross at the historic Brittingham House in Madison.
BLAIR — While wildlife can benefit from landowners installing native prairies on their property, the landowners face several obstacles in the process, according to Ryan Wenthold, an ecologist with Twin Springs Prairie Seed in Sparta.
ROCK FALLS — In a building vaguely reminiscent of the Old West, Melissa Hester of Hester Saddlery custom crafts, cleans and repairs a variety of leather goods that are bound to stand the test of time.
FALL CREEK — Vic Rouleau was in his element as he participated in the 2019 Falling Leaves Art Tour of the Wisconsin countryside earlier this month, displaying his unique works of art at a pumpkin patch with a backdrop of corn fields.
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With visitors coming from as far away as California, Alaska and Russia, this year’s celebration of the Retreat World’s Fair lived up to its name.
Editor’s note: This is Jerry Apps’ final column for The Country Today. To continue to follow along with Apps, visit www.jerryapps.com.
Organizers of one of the largest youth conventions in North America are expecting over 70,000 people to travel to Indianapolis Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 for the 92nd National FFA Convention, with FFA members, advisors, parents, alumni, supporters and FFA enthusiasts from around the country preparing…
HIGHLAND — Sixteen members of the Highland Fire Department received free grain bin rescue training Oct. 8 after entering to win a grain rescue tube from Corteva Agriscience. This strictly volunteer fire department that services the village and town of Highland in Iowa County was just one of …
FENNIMORE — There are 370,000 students in Wisconsin’s Technical College System, which encompasses 16 technical colleges offering more than 300 programs. It’s Wisconsin largest system for higher education — with numbers projected to grow into the future as 54% of jobs within Wisconsin in the …
OSSEO — Jerry and Wendy Campbell may have cats wandering around their 5-acre hobby farm outside of Osseo, but they’re also proud owners of a slightly less traditional kind of pet — alpacas.
MADISON — After recommendations for increased collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development emerged as a result of the Dairy Task Force 2.0, the two entities have announced the return of a co…
• I enjoy the smell of wood smoke trickling from the kitchen stove when I return from a walk on a crisp, October morning. It reminds me when I was growing up. The smell of wood smoke meant not only warmth, but also family, hearty meals, and good stories.
LAFAYETTE — With 4-H enrollment season well underway and National 4-H Week running from Oct. 6-12, benefits of joining what is the largest youth organization in the country were on full display at the Chippewa County 4-H open house on Sept. 30 at Lafayette Town Hall.
UNION — Fresh off receiving recognition as the state’s Land Trust of the Year, Landmark Conservancy capped Wisconsin Land Trust Days by showing off some of their recent conservation efforts Sept. 29 with a guided hike at Eau Claire County’s Town of Union Conservancy.
Similar to its poultry cousin the chicken, pheasants are raised for meat and eggs right here in Wisconsin. Though less popular, this bird is a protein-rich power food. Pheasant is a great example of the diverse, high quality products produced by Wisconsin farmers and processors. Not only are…
For the third year in a row, a Wisconsin team has won the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest during the World Dairy Expo in Madison.
The first ever La Crosse County 4-H Expo will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds in West Salem in honor of National 4-H Week, which runs from Oct. 6-12.
What's not to love about an Arland family with three young children raising goats and making products from the milk they produce?
Dr. Darlene Konkle has been appointed Wisconsin state veterinarian, Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, announced in mid-September.
EAST TROY — As festival-goers made their way to Alpine Valley Music Theater for Farm Aid on Sept. 21, Wisconsin’s soybean fields were beginning to turn a yellow hue and its rows of corn were waving in the wind; black-and-white cows could also be spotted dotting the landscape of America’s Dai…
Autumn brings plenty of agricultural-tourism opportunities, including apple orchards, pumpkin patches and haunted corn mazes. It also brings fall colors and the harvest season.
Food justice advocate Miah Ulysse will be the keynote speaker at the 6th national Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference, which is taking place Oct. 17-19 in St. Paul.
A 1972 International Harvester 1066 tractor restored by Luxemburg-Casco FFA members and students in the high school’s agriculture department will be raffled off Oct. 13 at the annual Luxemburg-Casco FFA Alumni toy show.
Do you know a teacher who does a great job educating students about agriculture? If so, encourage him or her to fill out an application for the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom program’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
More than 75 people crowded into the Price County Boardroom last week, leading one supervisor to remark that he’d never seen so many attendants at one meeting and adding that he’s been around for a long time.
Randall Geiger was a lot of things — a father and family man, a dairy farmer, a mentor, a servant and a Christian. He was also a leader and an advocate for agriculture, particularly Wisconsin’s dairy industry. His passion was far-reaching, and in a true farmer fashion, he left this earth wit…
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An open house to celebrate the restoration of a one-room rural schoolhouse was a trip down memory lane for former students and a teacher.
Harry Chapin’s “All of life’s a circle” is a song that resonated with me from the first time I heard it. That simple phrase is filled with meaning for it describes the life I led for many years and in many ways describes the life I live today.
Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom is kicking off the 2019-2020 school year by announcing the Book of the Year “Right This Very Minute,” written by Lisl Detlefson of Wisconsin.
SPRING GREEN — In conservationist Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold highlights the ethical relationship between people and the land they manage. This idea of “land ethic,” a moral responsibility of humans to the natural world, has guided many farmers throughout time, including …
On the morning of Monday, Sept. 16, Eau Claire Northstar Middle School special education assistant Jannell Sworski found a creative way to ward off the Monday blues.
MONROE — The Farm Aid festival is back in Wisconsin this year and attendees will have the chance to taste a true Wisconsin beer there — one brewed 100% with ingredients from one family farm in Green County.