MADISON – According to Tera Johnson, director of the UW System Food Finance Institute, big and bigger changes are here when it comes to food business trends. She shared her thoughts on those trends with entrepreneurs at the fifth annual Edible Startup Summit on Oct. 26, organized by Dane Cou…

Taking students beyond their classroom’s walls and helping them explore leading agricultural businesses across the country is the goal of the Ag Explorer Virtual Field Trips. With one in three people working in agriculture worldwide, according to FAO.org, the goal is to help agriculture educ…

With federal and state funding decreasing to institutions of higher learning, policy leaders and educators from universities and colleges across the country met at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in mid-September to hold a forum on higher education, and four panelists were invit…

Representatives of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, to be held in Jefferson County in 2019, are selling raffle tickets to help raise funds for the upcoming show.

With the start of the 2018-19 4-H year, new families and new members are encouraged to join the Chippewa County 4-H Program.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The struggle for small family farming operations to keep the doors open continues, not only for small dairy farms but also for other agricultural businesses.

Hundreds of people took part in an array of activities at the annual Pumpkinfest celebration, which was held Oct. 20 in the Manitowoc County village of Mishicot.

Former The Country Today Editor Jim Massey received the Outstanding Media award Oct. 9 at Easter Seals Wisconsin’s biennial Recognition Dinner at Nakoma Golf Club in Madison.

School Name and Chapter Name: Baldwin-Woodville FFA Chapter, Baldwin-Woodville High School.

Oh, what stories the old grist mills could tell. Similar to the crossroads cheese factory, the grist mill was a place where farmers gathered to have corn and oats ground into cattle feed. It was a place where stories were told,and memories recalled. It was a place where those known to stretc…

The Vernon County Fair in Viroqua provides a venue of entertainment, opportunities to showcase 4-H and FFA youth, colorful magic shows, truck and tractor pulls as well as a demolition derby, to name a few highlights. This year, the Vernon County Fair and its supporters added charitable givin…

Rural mail carriers continue to make their rounds, every day except Sunday, all seasons of the year. County people look forward to their pulling up to their mailboxes as much today as they did when the first mail carrier came by, driving a team of horses.

Recognizing the importance of fostering the next generation of the dairy industry, DeLaval presented a $10,000 donation to the National 4-H Council to support the National 4-H Dairy Conference during the conclusion of their 2018 event held at World Dairy Expo. This donation not only helps yo…

Gov. Scott Walker and the Public Service Commission recently announced $7 million in new Rural Broadband Expansion Grant Awards. The 37 new grants will extend high-speed internet access to as many as 1,100 business locations and 14,000 residential locations. 

School Name and Chapter Name: Unity FFA, Unity High School, Balsam Lake.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has awarded the first Telecommuter Forward! certification to Bayfield County. The Commission also certified the town of Cloverland in Douglas County and Iron County as Telecommuter Forward! communities. These are the first such certifications in the…

Five agriculture professionals will be recognized by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences this October. Daphne and Lloyd Holterman, Anna Maenner, David Rhoda and Timothy Young will receive the highest honors bestowed by the college during the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet.

Sierra Howry, associate professor of agricultural economics at UW-River Falls, received the 2018 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Distinguished Teaching: Less than Ten Years’ Experience Award earlier this month at AAEA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

AgCountry Farm Credit Services has sponsored a $10,000 gift to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. The gift will support Wisconsin FFA members as funding for the Foundation’s Leadership Partners, Convention Partners and through offering chapter grants to meet the greatest need in the areas it serv…

If you grew up on a farm, 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 make a straight mark on a board with a metal carpenter’s square, and then to saw on the mark without wandering away from it. I listened t…

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days announced the recipients of three scholarships presented to youth who were involved as volunteers in the recent Wisconsin Farm Technology Days hosted by Wood County.

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — After more than a century showing sheep at the Minnesota State Fair, the Bobendrier family knows their way around the livestock ring. They leveraged that experience — and lots of hard work — last week to claim the Supreme Champion Ram award at the Great Minnesota Get-…

Businesses across Wisconsin are seeing an increasing number of jobs going unfilled due to shortages of skilled workers. The Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Externship program was designed to bridge the gap between skills-bas…

Our farmhouse was built around 1900; Pa didn’t know the exact year. He said it could have been a year earlier, the year he was born. He said it didn’t matter what year the house was built, but it would last a long time if we took care of it, keep the roof in good repair, and painted it once …

Ag in the Classroom informational meetings will be held around the state as an opportunity to learn more about the program. The meetings are open to Ag in the Classroom volunteers, 4-H Extension staff and club leaders, agriculture education instructors, FFA Food for America committee chairs,…