SPENCER LAKE — Carloads of Packers fans, decked out with green and gold gear, streamed to Lambeau Field in Green Bay Sunday for the first home game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings, but cousins Elizabeth Retzlaff and Jeremy Griesbach took the slow route. They arrived by horse and buggy.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced new funding for grant programs which will help fill critical health care positions by expanding education and training opportunities for Wisconsin health care professionals in rural areas.

If you grew up on a farm during the time when I did, of necessity, you learned many skills. I learned how to pound a nail in a board without bending the nail or hitting my thumb. I learned how to tell the difference between a pine board and an oak board and sometimes I learned the hard way w…

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As the wind began to gust and push down rows of delicate, silvery misty miller, vivid-colored celosia and tall, fuzzy, bottle-brush-shaped liatris on July 19, farmers Maggie Shuhan and Ben Olson worried.

The Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference — the only national conference that brings together farmers, educators, food system activists and other women in sustainable agriculture — is scheduled to take place this October in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event features workshops, demonstrati…

PLATTEVILLE — Jayne Dunnum and her partner, Robin Timm, and Heidi Dyas-McBeth, along with her husband Bill, all found themselves in Platteville around the same time in the late 1990s — moving from urban centers in the state to the busy college town in southwest Wisconsin. Both had interests …

The Food, Faith and Farming Network of southwest Wisconsin is seeking applications for seed money for new initiatives that support their mission and address issues raised during their Listening/Networking Sessions held in early 2018. The organization is accepting applications for projects in…

I stand in the animal clinic’s lobby joined by several other patients and their owners.

Demonstrations of steam-powered antique threshing machines and 1920-30s harvesting techniques will be part of Schumacher Farm Park Heritage Fest Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 5 p.m., at Schumacher Farm Park, 5682 Highway 19, Waunakee.

The 2019 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Sept. 6-8 at Jefferson Fair Park, 503 N Jackson Ave., Jefferson, will celebrate the diversity of sheep, the fiber they produce and the renewable products that they provide.

It was a Sunday afternoon in August when Pa cranked up the Willys car and we started down our tree-lined dusty road and headed south. We drove by Miller’s farm, our nearest neighbors and soon arrived at County Highway A, which had recently been blacktopped.

BURNETT CORNERS — While some parts of the area had rain and storms on the weekend, the Dodge County Antique Power Club enjoyed sunny days and only a shower of rain on Saturday evening when they hosted their annual show at the club’s farm at Burnett Corners in early August.

My year as Wisconsin’s agriculture ambassador is off to a corny start. Kernel, my flex-fuel Ford Explorer, and I have quickly added up over 5,000 miles as we’ve crisscrossed the state promoting agriculture. Kernel is sponsored by the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, and is fittingly decorated…

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.

The artwork of a Phillips-area artist could one day appear on the coins and commemorative medals manufactured by the U.S. Mint. Katelyn Arquette was one of 27 artists selected out of 437 applicants nationwide to create the art that appears on the nation's coinage this April, making her the only current Wisconsin-based artist to be contracted with the Mint.

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.

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 …

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…

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 …