Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has announced a civil lawsuit against a Stearns County dairy farm. Evergreen Acres allegedly failed to pay at least $3 million in wages and charged rent for …

It was cold last week, in case you were hibernating and didn’t know.   I had a great routine of thawing out waterers every morning on the way to check on my cows. I even had to bust …

The purge

We have made it through the messiest part of the remodeling project. Our old house had smaller rooms that had just enough room for a couch, recliner and oversized chair. We plan to make two rooms …

Real, not perfect

If you drive into our yard right now, it looks like a hay auction and an equipment dealership got together and had a baby. We always buy several loads of hay during the winter, but because the …

Christmas wish

All I wanted for Christmas was to create memories with Mark. I told Mark all I wanted were 12 gifts. I would like for him to plan a date each month for the year. It could be a movie night, cards with …

High oleic soybeans have been around for more than 10 years, mostly in the eastern United States. More recently, they have worked their way into the Midwest market, catching the attention of the …

Farmstead wineries

Farmstead wineries have become quite common. I have nothing against such businesses and am actually quite familiar with the fine art of on-farm winemaking. I was an early bloomer, having brewed up my …

Midwest Dairy is eager to welcome Class 3 of the Dairy Experience and Leadership program as we kick off the new year. Offering opportunities like DEAL to young people within the industry is important …

When I was 8 years old, I was required to get up shortly after 5 a.m. to do chores on my parents 52-cow dairy operation. I didn’t necessarily like it all the time, but it was an …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its milk production forecasts for the third time in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report. The 2023 forecast was reduced from …

Party treats

Now that we’ve made it through the holiday baking and cooking season, I’m looking for easy ways to enjoy family favorite treats.

The final Class III benchmark milk price of 2023 headed south.

It’s the middle of January, but Christmas is alive and well at my house. The Christmas trees — one for the living room, another for the basement and one in each bedroom — are fully decorated and aglow with lights.

Happy moo year

Happy New Year, everyone.

Cow cuddling questions

There are a lot of creative ways to generate extra income on a farm. For instance, when my sister, Diann, and I were grade schoolers, we decided to open a sweetcorn stand at the end of our dairy farm’s driveway.

Many dairy farms practice culture-based treatment of clinical mastitis.

Those jobs

There is a lot of time to listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks while doing fieldwork and running skid loaders to take care of the cows.

Forging forward with focus

A new year. A new start.

Courage to be old-school

We have hung calendars. I have ceased baking cookies by the dozen.

Our old farmhouse

I really like living on the farm in our very old farmhouse. We believe it was originally built in 1906. My husband, Duane, grew up here.

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