Welcoming families to the farm and supporting a community cause are two of the reasons Jackson County Farm Bureau Ag and Promotion Chair Savannah Brown said they planned the inaugural Christmas on the Farm. The event will be held Dec. 9 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Garden Valley Farmstead, N9958 N. Branch Road, Hixton. It is free and open to people of all ages. ... Read more
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in partnership with the UW-Extension, is hosting several food safety trainings required for Wisconsin fresh produce growers who must meet federal produce safety rules. The trainings provide science-based, minimum standar…
School Name and Chapter Name: Tomah FFA Chapter, Tomah Middle School and Tomah High School.
Compeer Financial has pledged $7,500 in matching gift support on #GivingTuesday to the FFA Foundations in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each state will be eligible for up to $2,500 in funds, based on the amount raised on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27.
STEVENS POINT — Winter farmers’ markets such as the one in Stevens Point provide a means for area farmers to generate income during the off-season. Consumers also appreciate the opportunity to access locally grown foods directly from those who produced it.
GREEN BAY — Wisconsin aquaculture is languishing, said Ken Webb, a research associate at UW-Green Bay.
BLANCHARDVILLE — Aronia berries may not be a widely known fruit yet, but Kim and Roberta Barham of Barham Gardens hope ongoing education about the berry’s health benefits will boost market interest.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Two years ago, Pamela Walker had a vision to start growing vegetables year-round, but she had no intention of owning any ordinary greenhouse.
RICHLAND CENTER — From an early age, Mariel Kepler had a love of history and a respect for the men and women who served in the U.S. military.
APPLETON — In this case, the sky truly was the limit for Allan Vander Bloomen.
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.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — What once was just a hobby for speech therapist Colleen Sazama, who works in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School System, has now grown into its own side hustle.
EDGAR — Hosting events has allowed a central Wisconsin apple orchard to develop an additional revenue stream by providing an elegant, country venue for weddings, corporate socials, reunions, school tours and other gatherings.
“Wildly Successful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic,” a book featuring innovative farmers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and across the Midwest, has been released by University of Wisconsin Press.
NEKOOSA — Bigger isn’t always better, but that certainly was the case at the 21st annual Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Fest held Oct. 6-7.
Because I grew up on a dairy farm in Crawford County, I thought I had a strong understanding of agriculture in our state. Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland, so that may be a fair assumption, but there is more produced and processed in Wisconsin than milk and cheese. In fact, while we are know…
The annual 4-H Fall Forum is scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at the Green Lake Conference Center. The event will include workshops, interactive learning sessions and the 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 4-H youth, adults, and staff from all counties are encouraged to attend and participate.
AMHERST — Breanna Anderson got involved with 4-H dog training because she loved dogs. Anderson was one of the participants at this year’s State 4-H Dog Show, Sept. 28-30, when more than 230 4-H members representing 33 Wisconsin counties and dogs of all shapes and sizes converged on the Amher…
BROTHERTOWN — Former dairy farmer David Meuer continues to milk his corn maze for all it’s worth.
Rounding out its ninth year, Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with the National 4-H Council, is gearing up for its Fall Paper Clover event, a semi-annual fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth.
Fans of Garfield, the lazy, loveable comic strip cat, have the opportunity to own an original portrait of the food-loving feline, signed by the strip’s creator, Jim Davis.
For many children, 4-H is one of the first organizations they join, and as a result, the youth organization can make a lasting impact a child’s life.
RUDOLPH — What could be better than a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a homemade bakery treat? Just about nothing, says Kay Zimmerman, owner of Mornin’ Sunshine Farm, except for enjoying those indulgences while sitting outdoors soaking up all that nature has to offer.
WISCONSIN DELLS — Born on Jan. 12, 1930, William Kalcik of Wisconsin Dells entered a world few can imagine — a world in which a loaf of bread sold for 8 cents, milk cost 45 cents a gallon and a dozen eggs could be purchased for 18 cents.
Wisconsin seamstresses are getting together for stitching bees, but the end products aren’t quilts. They’re sewing reusable feminine hygiene products for women and girls in the villages and rural areas of Guatemala.
WEST ALLIS — As the Preder family began thinking about what to do to celebrate the family’s 150 years of farm ownership, they thought they had to come up with something big to do it up right.
People from across Wisconsin, 13 other states and Canada will converge on Marshfield Aug. 9-12 for the 59th Wisconsin Square and Round Dance Convention. The annual convention, held at Marshfield Senior High School, is expected to draw more than 500 people to showcase their square dancing, co…
MERRILL — When Don Nichols retired six years ago, he was looking for a way to put fresh, locally grown foods into people’s hands. Through discussions with local U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Peggy Winter, Nichols decided to app…
GLENWOOD CITY — The St. Croix County Fair in Glenwood City ended this past Sunday. It’s a safe bet that, by the end of this week, the Thompson family will already have gotten a jump on their 2019 fair projects.
The Wisconsin State Herbarium and the Botanical Club of Wisconsin will host the first Wisconsin Botanical Foray will be Aug. 9-12 at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area near Grantsburg. The Foray is a weekend of camping, camaraderie and collecting plants.
All my life, I’ve had a sweet tooth for fruit pies. My mother and I picked two ice cream pails full of strawberries at a local orchard this June shortly before the season ended. While fresh, we used the sweet berries as my favorite pie fillings, waffle toppings and snacks between meals. Thos…
After 20 years of collecting corn picker sales literature and two years of intensive research, writing and layout, Bob and Phyllis Johnson of rural Sycamore, Ill., have compiled and published an 804-page, 6.5 pound, all-color book, “Corn Pickers and the Inventors Who Dreamed Them Up,” contai…
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Is beauty in the eye of the beholder when it comes to produce? For “ugly” produce advocates, the answer is yes.
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Education continues to turn its focus to student preparedness in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Ensuring educators are proficient in these areas can help them better prepare their students for the many careers that require these skills.
WEST BEND — Attendees to the first Washington County Fair 160 years ago traveled to West Bend’s Courthouse Square in ox carts, some choosing to participate in a variety of events such as a plowing match between farmers. Today, attendees come to the Washington County Fair, now held at Washing…
The Heritage Tractor Area will feature hundreds of tractors and implements, as well as unique equipment from the past, but Oliver tractors will be the main attraction at this year’s Farm Technology Days in Wood County.
Graduates of Fox Valley Technical College’s Agribusiness Science and Technology associate degree program now can experience a seamless transition into a bachelor’s degree in agriculture studies or agriculture education at UW-River Falls as part of new articulation agreements between the two …
MEQUON — Visitors to Barthel Fruit Farm are in for a sweet treat.
It is no secret that Wisconsin is rich in history, with generations of past people leaving behind clues to the lives they lived in another era. Early in the state’s history, Native Americans, like the Woodland Indians, built effigy mounds near Prairie du Chien; later on, fur traders traveled…
Quilters are invited to enter up to four quilts in this year’s 10-category juried and judged 2018 Quilt Expo Quilt Contest
A new exhibit this spring at the Cable Natural History Museum is all the buzz — quite literally.
History enthusiasts can go beneath the surface, literally and figuratively, to explore the USS Cobia, touted as “the nation’s most completely restored World War II submarine.”
CLINTONVILLE — Here in rural Waupaca County, it’s known simply as the Windmill House.
UW-Madison’s School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers is accepting registrations and pledges for its 15th annual Ride to Farm fundraiser.
The Central States Threshermen’s Reunion in Pontiac, Ill., will host the national Gathering of the Orange Allis-Chalmers tractor and equipment show Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at the club grounds.
For people looking for a place to get out and enjoy the Wisconsin countryside, the Elroy-Sparta bike trail is something to check out. The 32-mile trail is built on a retired railroad bed and welcomes visitors throughout the year for biking and other recreation.
Field and Forest Products of Peshtigo and the Shiitake Growers Association will hold a mushroom cultivation workshop on May 19 titled “Grow a Mushroom Garden for Health, Happiness, Great Soil and Good Eats.”
SHEBOYGAN FALLS — While the Zimbal family operates the nation’s largest mink farm, it isn’t necessarily renowned for the number of animals it raises.
The American Farm Bureau Federation joined a collaborative effort, “No Taste for Waste,” to reduce food waste and loss. The campaign features an interactive website, special edition “bookazine” and social media resources for consumers interested in reducing household food waste, and for farm…
Wisconsin Farm to Table has announced that its fifth annual dinner and fundraiser will be hosted at Darlington Ridge Farms on Saturday, Aug. 4. Designed to bring consumers and farmers together, the dinner aims to explore the world of agriculture — from animal care to environmental practices …