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.

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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.”

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…

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.

Beth Sletta, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in New Ulm, Minn., has been awarded the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin recently unveiled the Dairy Cares of Wisconsin Simulation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art training facility that allows medical professionals to learn and sharpen their skills.

School Name and Chapter Name: Southwestern FFA Chapter, Southwestern Wisconsin High School, Hazel Green.

High school agriculture and science educators are encouraged to apply for $1,000 grants to raise and transplant native wildflowers in rural areas.

The Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free and confidential. The toll-free number is 833-600-2670.

Sydnie Paulsrud of Eau Claire was selected as the 2019 Wisconsin Honey Queen during the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association annual convention in late November in Wisconsin Rapids.

In 1984, Craig and Lea Culver, along with Craig’s parents, opened the first Culver’s restaurant in Sauk City. With a background in dairy and Midwest values instilled in them, the Culver family saw success in this business, growing from just one original restaurant in their hometown to more t…

WISCONSIN DELLS — While many may recognize Shelly Mayer from her job in the dairy industry, Mayer and her family have also recently entered into another venture — agritourism. With the completion of their restored barn at Folk Song Farm in Richfield, the family is now welcoming visitors of a…

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary near Sarona will host a Winter Solstice Hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Nationally known photographer Paul Mobley has photographed hundreds of famous faces, completed work for Fortune 500 companies and had several books published showcasing his photographs. A confessed “city boy,” he recently had the unique opportunity to travel across rural Am…

Sometime in the 1930s, Virgil and Helen Johnson bought a handmade Christmas tree for their family from a Swedish carpenter’s union in Minneapolis. Through the years, the Johnson family decorated the unique Christmas pyramid, as it’s called, during their holiday festivities.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced four recipients of new grants totaling close to $300,000 over two years to assist rural hospitals in filling “high need, high demand” positions — those where the demand for specific professionals exceeds the supply of available w…

BURLINGTON — Burlington artist Richard Arfsten may be a senior citizen, but there is little indication that he will be slowing down anytime soon. Indeed, at the age of 77, his retirement days are filled with creating his own unique vision of the world — a vision that has taken a lifetime to shape.

WATERLOO – Kris Paape is an art teacher with a lot of ideas — ideas she and husband Dan have been pumping into BeefnBeaks Farm for the past several years.

Cooperatives can be a useful tool for farmers and ranchers as they establish their operations and look to enter new and expanded markets. U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Development Specialist Margaret Bau shared suggestions for getting involved with or starting new cooperatives d…

WISCONSIN DELLS — Farmers and agriculture advocates were recognized recently during the 99th Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, with two dedicated farmers receiving top honors from the Farm Bureau for their distinguished service.

As we travel to our holiday destinations, there is a good chance we will see Wisconsin dairy farms. The cows may be tucked warmly inside a barn or stretching their legs outside while farmers clean their stalls and provide fresh bedding. As the winter months continue, some of Wisconsin’s othe…

STEVENS POINT — Farmshed took root in 2006, as interest in local foods was taking root. With the hiring of an executive director in 2011, the unique organization really sprouted.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work e…

Happy Land Tree Farm, grower of the 2018 Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion Christmas Tree, has donated a 20-foot Balsam Fir to be displayed outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building.

CAZENOVIA — Randi Osborne became an agriculture teacher in what she describes as a “non-traditional way.” After graduating from Weston High School, she began studying agriculture education at UW-River Falls, but found she was awfully shy and switched to animal science. She dairy farmed for a…

MONDOVI — Farmers not only compete with other farmers when it comes to customers, but they also must compete with prepackaged meal services, grocery stores and overseas companies producing foods that will be sold within their geographic market.

If you’re decorating with boxwood wreaths or boughs this holiday season, watch where you place them and be sure to dispose of them properly when January rolls around, warns the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.