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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 …

Legal details of hiring, firing

Whether a farm has one employee or many employees, there are things every dairy farmer should understand about the process of hiring and firing employees. “As an employer, knowing the …

Made with care in small batches

HOPKINS, Minn. — Kristy Dirk has seen a little boy jumping up and down while eating her ice cream. “I’m like, ‘OK, he needs to be our spokesperson,’” Dirk …

Managing for winter milk

FENNIMORE, Wis. — Many dairy goat producers are taking advantage of the premiums offered for milk produced over the winter months. Some creameries offer as much as a $6 per hundredweight …

WANAMINGO, Minn. — Dave Davidson may never transport back in time to milk cows, but he can light his house with memories of farming. Davidson has made 25-30 household items, such as lamps, …

WINDHAM, Maine — Rows of young children walking two-by-two down the road or through the fields across country is a common sight at Mineral Spring Farm near Windham.

Flooding then fire

FREEMAN, S.D. — John Schultz will never forget July 17, 2019, and not just because that day was his birthday.

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