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Forging his own fire

PITTSVILLE, Wis. — When it comes to hobbies and interests that might spark the interest of an 11-year-old boy, blacksmithing might not be at the top of the list. But Gavin Hughes found himself …

Farming gives her life back

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — As a high school graduate in 2008, Jamie Biviano planned to make a career of her military service in the U.S. Air Force. However, fate dealt her a cruel hand, bringing those …

Dairy Profile: Bob Gierok

How did you get into farming? I grew up with it. I bought this farm from my dad in 1995. I have seven brothers and one sister. My older brother was going to farm here, but he found a different place …

Women in Dairy: Cherrie Frost

Withee, Wisconsin Clark County 55 cows Tell us about your family and farm. My husband, Mark, and I moved onto this farm Nov. 1, 1987. Today, with this farm, the farm across the road and my …

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Looking around online has reunited Jason Sheehan with an old J.I. Case 2390 tractor that had been in his family. Jason, a Washington dairy farmer, grew up on a dairy …

No two boards are the same

BANGOR, Wis. — Wendy Nelson and Brenda Smith have been colleagues and friends for over 20 years. So when the pair decided to start a side business selling charcuterie boards online, they …

One-on-one with Mark Schwieters

Melrose, Minnesota co-owner/sales at   Kraemer Lumber Co. Inc. 38 years of experience How did you get started in this career? I was asked to apply when a key draftsman, estimator, sales …

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Ted Matthews spends his time connecting with farmers on an intellectual level. As a psychologist, he helps farmers navigate their emotions during stress or tragedy. …

Rebuilding with robotics

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — When a fire destroyed a central part of their farm in 2019, the Brake family chose to rebuild and take the farm in a new direction. They automated milking, feeding and …

When it rains, it pours

ELROY, Wis. — It was a Sunday morning in February when the weather warmed up just enough to bring on a rainstorm. Rich and Mary Houzner, along with their two teenaged-sons at the time, Trystan …

Milk quality defined

AMES, Iowa — Milk quality in goat operations goes beyond what is found in the dairy section at the grocery store. Since many dairy goat producers utilize milk for artisanal body products like …

Raising healthy cows naturally

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — At the Minnesota Organic Conference Jan. 11-12, producers and educators gathered to learn more about organic farming at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. …

LEWISTON, Minn. — Farmers and conservation professionals gathered Nov. 27, 2023, for a field day event planned by the Driftless Area Ag Alliance. The Driftless Area Ag Alliance, which …

Excellence in dairy

TOWNER, N.D. — In North Dakota, dairy farmers are increasingly hard to come by. That is one reason the Heyl family, which owns PAY-DAK Dairy near Towner, appreciated receiving the …

101 members Harmony, Minnesota Fillmore County How does your chapter volunteer in the community throughout the year? Our chapter collects products for the food shelf during National FFA Week. …

Kids Corner: The Turners

Kinley Turner 11 years old Fifth grade When do you do chores? I do chores after school and on the weekends. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite chore is helping feed …

Her favorite place to be

LAKE MILLS, Wis. — Every morning, Madalyn Nielsen walks down the stairs of her second-story apartment in her grandma’s red brick house to start the workday with her dog, Reed, at her …

Kids Corner: The Hemmesches

Carley Hemmesch 9 years old Fourth grade When do you do chores? I help at 5 in the evening and 8 in the morning. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My least favorite is …

FFA: Inside the Emblem

80 members Muscoda, Wisconsin Grant County Tell us about your chapter. The Riverdale FFA Chapter members embody the National FFA Organization motto as they learn to do, do to learn, earn to live …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. Our family farm is Stormdale Holsteins and Cattle Sales. We milk 70-80 cows. The majority are fresh Holsteins heifers; the others are registered Holsteins and …

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