CHIPPEWA FALLS — A 2012 study showed bats in Wisconsin were saving farmers between $658 million and $1.5 billion every year in pesticide-application costs, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Biologist Jennifer Redell. ... Read more
A pheasant bursts out of this watercolor winter scene in one of Arquette’s paintings.
Phillips-area resident Katelyn Arquette the only current Wisconsin-based artist to be contracted with the United States Mint.
Katelyn Arquette’s artwork could be seen on the coinage minted by the federal government.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The coliseum at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has always been a special place in Pete Lehmann’s family.
EAST TROY (AP) — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin’s struggling dairy country in September.
MENOMONIE — Water-quality issues brought a group of college students from around the country to UW-Stout for the summer.
As solar energy has become more popular and cost-effective, this once fringe renewable source is now at the center of an energy turf war in Wisconsin.
See conservation in practice at a local prairie walk on July 23 at the Jeff and Molly Keller property, W775 Spring Prairie Road, just west of Burlington. This unique property features prairie restorations at several stages of maturity, wildlife food plots and woodlands.
Earning extra income to support the family farm can be a challenge for a parent with three youngsters under the age of 6. But Sarah Williams has been able to do that with her custom artwork business.
WAUSAU — The Solin family has been making maple syrup in northern Wisconsin for more than 60 years. But it was through experimenting with that maple syrup that Jeremy and Abi Solin’s business, Tapped Maple Syrup, was formed.
When Nick Volden was bucked off a bull during a riding competition Nov. 2 and landed on his head, he immediately knew the worst possible thing had happened.
Father’s Day is coming up and for many dads this particular holiday conjures an acute fear of the cliched present: new socks, a tie, or the well-intentioned-but-almost-always-disastrous-breakfast-in-bed, delivered by smiling toddlers utterly lacking in culinary prowess. Look, everyone needs …
After two of his former students — Ram Seibel, and his son, Jeremy — were killed in a farm accident, retired Bloomer agriculture instructor Merle Richter wanted to honor the father and son and bring awareness to safe farming practices.
In 1929, the U.S. Congress, becoming aware of the soil erosion problems in the country, created 10 federal-state Agricultural Research Stations. One was located in La Crosse. In 1933, the same year that the Civilian Conservation Corps was organized, Congress appropriated $5 million for erosi…
You first notice the cars.
Ben Dachel and his family have long had an interest in the sculpture tour that takes place each year in downtown Eau Claire.
NEW AUBURN — Few people living can tell the stories of the rocky, rolling farm fields and woods west of New Auburn quite as vividly, or with as much firsthand knowledge, as Verna Klemish.
The first strawberry patch that I remember on the home farm was to the west of the red pine windbreak, and before you arrived at the night pasture. It was about a half-acre and fenced so the cows couldn’t trample the berries.
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…
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.
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:
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
From the cornfields to the baseball fields, America’s Dairyland and America’s pastime are coming together this season.
NEW HOLSTEIN — John Poch accumulated an impressive array of tractors over the years.
Registration is now open for 2019 Farmers Union Camps. Each summer, hundreds of rural and urban youth from across the Midwest participate in youth camps at Wisconsin Farmers Union’s Kamp Kenwood on the shores of Lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls.
Chris Kroeze’s magical run on NBC’s “The Voice” ended more than three months ago.