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Continuing the legacy

VIROQUA, Wis. – When Gerald Vesbach counts his blessings, the opportunity to farm is among them. Vesbach’s father helped him get started farming, and now Vesbach is helping his sons, the fifth generation, do the same.

Quality over quantity

CUBA CITY, Wis. – When Kelly Placke-Raaum returned to her family farm in 2014, she was returning to an organic, grass-fed dairy farm.

    HAGER CITY, Wis. – Ten years ago, Cella Langer and Emmet Fisher Oxheart Farm where they grew vegetables with the goal of adding dairy farming and on-farm processing to their repertoire.

A future with automation

    ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Schelling family recently found themselves facing a dilemma.

Dairy Profile: Nate Melin

Nate Melin Atlas, Wisconsin Polk County 60 cows How did you get into farming? I was born into it. I am the fourth generation to farm here, and I am raising the fifth.   What are your thoughts …

Tuning up for the show season

    MANCHESTER, Iowa – Not every youth who shows dairy runs with the big leagues. That is the reason Bob Sadler envisioned the Spring Dairy Tune Up Fit and Show Workshop that took place at the Delaware County Fairgrounds May 14-15 in Manchester.

Women in Dairy: Jody Miller

Jody Miller Avoca, Wisconsin Iowa County 250 cows Family: My husband, Dan, and I own the farm. Scott, Dan’s brother, and Derek, Dan’s son, work here full time. We have other family who …

Dining with dairy goats

POPLAR GROVE, Ill. – Goats, rather than cows, will be the featured animal at the 23rd annual Boone County Breakfast on the Farm June 11.

Don and Bill Appel Mapleton, Minnesota Blue Earth County 120 cows Describe your farm and facilities. This is my grandparents’ farm. I grew up by Heron Lake. I’ve milked cows since I …

From a hobby to business 

CANNON FALLS, Minn. – After 11 years of making cheese at a pilot test plant and in turkey roasters, the ladies of CannonBelles have finally moved into their new cheese plant in Cannon Falls.

What is the status of CRP?

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – In an effort to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and mend habitats, the Conservation Reserve Program was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

History made in Princess Kay program

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Heavy anticipation filled the Frericks family’s living room as Hailey and Kallie watched the Facebook live video calling out the 10 finalists for the 2022 Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition.

Delivering dairy in central Iowa

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa – Sixteen years ago, the Sheeder family in Guthrie Center was 10 years into milking a herd of Holstein and Jersey cows.

A new venture 

GOODHUE, Minn. – Due to increasing milk hauling prices and the taking away of subsidies, Jim and Lisa Bartholome began looking at the start of a new venture and researching the possibility of …

    BRUCE, S.D. – The weather has been anything but normal for much of the Upper Midwest, and a dangerous springtime storm only added to the chaos.     On the …

Honor, love, respect

    NEILLSVILLE, Wis. – Some might not think of the intricate and sometimes painstaking detail that goes into quilting as being a form of relaxation, but for Marie Greeler, quilting most definitely is her time to relax.

Getting better with age

    THORP, Wis. – A lot can change in 20 years.

Couple returns to the industry

GALENA, Ill. – Nick Wienen has always known his niche in life is milking cows. Even when his father sold the herd, a year had hardly passed before Wienen was back to dairy farming. “I …

    LUCK, Wis. – Five townships in northern Polk County and one township in southern Burnett County are regulating farms operating as concentrated animal feeding operations.

Hit without warning

STOUGHTON, Wis. – James and Callie Amera lost a lot recently, but they are not giving up. A tornado tore through their farm on the evening of March 5 leaving massive destruction in its wake. …

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