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CUMBERLAND, Wis. — Some children growing up on dairy farms may dream of having cows that accomplish once-in-a-lifetime achievements. Some dream of having an All-American, some dream of having a …

Better than a baker’s dozen

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Christmas baking has become a holiday tradition for the Heeg family of Marshfield, just as dairy farming is a family tradition. Over 20 years ago, Judy Heeg began …

Greeting the year with a blizzard, no water

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — Balancing holiday plans with dairy farming can be a challenge, but when something goes awry on the farm, life quickly goes from hectic to crazy. Nick and Tara Meyer …

Tips for tackling taxes

JUNEAU, Wis. — As 2023 draws to a close, it is likely that Christmas is not the only thing on a farmer’s mind. Income taxes might rank up there with decorating, buying presents and taking …

One-On-One with Willis Gunst

What is your dairy industry background? I grew up on my family’s registered Holstein dairy farm in Dodge County. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course in …

FFA: Inside the Emblem

61 members Albany, Minnesota Stearns County Tell us about your chapter. The Albany FFA Chapter seems to always have something going on. Between FFA Week, Drive a Tractor to School, a petting zoo …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. My parents are Peter and Stacy Salzl. I have two brothers, Riley and Brantley, and one sister, Karlee. We milk 140 cows, that all have names, on a robotic dairy …

Kids Corner

Cody Crosby 13 years old Eighth grade   When do you do chores, and what chores do you do? I help with chores in the evenings and on the weekends. What is your favorite and least …

Deciding what is fair

PRESTON, Minn. — Determining a fair land rent price can be difficult.   David Bau, who works with the University of Minnesota Extension in agriculture business management, tackled …

Cheese company crafted from a garage

CORSICA, S.D. — There are many successful businesses that began with an idea and an empty spot in a garage. The Apple corporation would be just one example. While not nearly as big as …

Farming amid the Rocky Mountains

KALISPELL, Mont. — Rarely do cows graze with prettier scenery surrounding them than the cows do at Hedstrom Dairy.   The farm, surrounded by mountains, is owned by Bill and Marilyn …

Staying true to their dreams

CUBA CITY, Wis. — For decades, Brett Runde and his father, Greg, watched many of their neighboring farms convert from conventional to organic farming. The Rundes were skeptical about the …

A career 7 decades in the making

SEBEKA, Minn. — Clyde Seibert might not get on the tractor as quickly as he used to, but the fact that he does get on it is simply remarkable. Clyde, 92, is a mainstay in the field helping …

Shouldering the weight

ARGYLE, Wis. — When Travis Holmes’ father passed away unexpectedly in 2021, he tried hard to keep the farm running smoothly. But with 400 cows and over 1,000 owned and rented acres, it …

Singen auf Deutsch

LAFEYETTE, Minn. — In the 1980s, Steve Sjostrom remembers listening to the Concord Singers of New Ulm.   “Those guys were so much fun to listen to and enjoy,” Sjostrom …

Women in Dairy: Kathleen Hafemeister

Hustisford, Wisconsin Dodge County 120 cows Tell us about your farm and family. My husband, Dave, and I have two children. Our daughter, Alayna, will be turning 11, and our son, Ethan, just …

Filling in for Grandpa

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. — Teenager Emma Fischer can be found most days after school in the barn at Riverside Dairy, her grandpa’s farm. From Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, she could be found there each …

Dairy Profile: Ryan Richert

How did you get into farming? My dad milked cows near Reedsburg when I was growing up. He sold the farm when I was in high school. I started milking in a rented barn in 1996 with 12 cows. In 1997, I …

Spreading joy one light at a time

PRENTICE, Wis. — When her family moved to their small Price County farm three years ago, Pam Kevilus saw that the place was made for Christmas lights, and she was anxious to share it with …

Making dairy the star of the holidays

JUNEAU, Wis. — Incorporating cheese and other dairy products into holiday parties is a tasty way to celebrate the season. Adding delicious, festive fun can be done in a variety of ways through …

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