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The little things that can help prevent injuries

MADISON, Wis. — The third week of September is National Farm Safety and Health Week.

Hastings Creamery suffers major fire

HASTINGS, Minn. — Less than one month after the 110-year-old Hastings Creamery closed its doors, a fire broke out the evening of Sept. 13.

Crops or cows?

Which one do you prefer? Many times, I have discovered that most farmers have a favorite.

Farm-fresh butter the old-fashioned way

COLUMBUS, Wis. — Jen and Julie Orchard are doing something unique. These artisan butter makers are making butter from the cream of their cows’ milk, and to their knowledge, they are the only butter makers in the state doing so.

The difference 2 cents can make

TAYLOR, Wis. — Tom Olson has an idea. He believes his idea will move a lot of dairy product while putting dairy checkoff dollars to good use.

Iowa, North Dakota legalize sales of raw milk

HARLAN, Iowa — After nearly two decades of trying to legalize the sale of raw milk in Iowa, supporters of this legislation finally saw success July 1.

Farming in silence

ELDORADO, Wis. — When meeting Andrew Rickert for the first time, it can be hard to tell he is deaf. Born with normal hearing, Andrew’s world did not turn silent until around 20 months of age after he contracted spinal meningitis.

Focused on forever

EVANSVILLE, Wis. — When Don Larson bought a 400-acre farm in 1957, people in town told him he would not make it. But, he proved them wrong.

New state budget gives nod to agriculture

MADISON, Wis. — On July 5, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed the 2023-25 state biennial budget into law. With dollars invested in areas including agricultural infrastructure to meat processing, the budget contained a variety of items seen as wins for agriculture and the dairy industry.

The traveling cheese tent

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — David Hofer loves cheese curds. It is a love that began years ago while working concessions as a teenager, but little did Hofer know that one day he would make his living off the curd.

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