The story of Tracy Porter and her horse named Caz reached a pinnacle last month when he was named "Horse of the Year." But the happy ending almost didn't happen.
On the smallest of scales, Scott Johnson has brought potato farming back to Rock County and is using it to promote sustainable agriculture.
Pinnacle Dairy, a 5,800-cow megafarm west of Brodhead, still needs to get an environmental permit from Green County. But the project got a key state permit last week.
After years of decline, custom farm work is becoming more common. It’s more cost-efficient for farmers to hire someone for certain tasks than spend six figures on one piece of equipment.
DeeDee Golberg has circulated a petition to askthe Midwest Horse Fair, which bills itself as the country’s largest annual horse showcase, to allow a class at the fair exclusively for rescue horses.
Local crop specialist Hallie Metcalf recently capped off a yearlong program with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute and took a trip to Washington, D.C., last month to end the program.
Bombastic trade threats between the United States and China might be nothing more than posturing. But in the fields of Rock County, a potentially damaged relationship with a major agricultural trading partner has some farmers worried.
The former chairman of the Rock County Drainage Board is suing the current board, the latest step in a drama that goes back more than a decade.
Cheese factories in Green County and across Wisconsin are trying to keep up with a surge in milk supply. Green County could soon see another influx of milk if Pinnacle Dairy, a 5,000-cow megafarm five miles north of Decatur, earns final permit approval.
Few isolated wetlands are likely located in Rock County, but county officials are worried a bill awaiting Gov. Scott Walker’s signature could have negative effects on water quality and flooding potential statewide, including Rock County.
Pinnacle Dairy has begun construction on its 5,000-cow facility west of Brodhead, but it has yet to secure a final environmental permit and has accrued plenty of opposition in the process.
Adam and Jennifer Friemoth of Friemoth Farms successfully challenged three county-imposed conditions and likely can still expand their operation to 944 animal units like they originally wanted.
Nick Baker’s official job title is agriculture agent for UW Extension’s Rock County office. Thanks to job vacancies in Extension, his work responsibilities have taken him beyond his title’s geographical limits.
The town of Janesville has filed a lawsuit against two of its residents, accusing them of violating town ordinances by having too many horses on their property.
The Wisconsin Farmers Union reminded farmers Wednesday that Dec. 15 is the deadline to enroll in the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace.
The 2017 harvest, seen through the eyes of the Templeton family of rural Evansville. It's the busiest time of the year, but it's also one of the most rewarding.
The DNR found nothing wrong with the Indianford Dam during an inspection last week, despite claims that the dam was intentionally clogged this summer.
An advocacy group called Hempstead Project Heart and two state legislators are trying to legalize hemp production in Wisconsin, decades after it was outlawed.
Women’s roles in agriculture have evolved. They’re starting their own farms, continuing family operations when no one else steps up or taking leadership positions in industry organizations.
Three years after suffering substantial losses, the fairgrounds netted a $61,000 profit in 2016, based on figures provided by Gaffey. That’s on par with the modest profits it earned throughout the first decade of the 21st century.
A proposed bike and pedestrian trail that would connect Janesville and Beloit could unintentionally harm a local turtle species, according to a DNR news release.
Austin Lynd, an 18-year-old from Clinton, is managing 26 acres of corn himself to earn scholarship money for his freshman year at Iowa State.
Whether they're raising sweet corn, peas or green beans, farmers who grow vegetables must use a different skill set than the one they use to grow commodity crops such as field corn or soybeans.
Compared to this time last year, state dairy producers are earning $3 more per hundredweight of milk. But several local farmers and state industry officials said prices still aren’t where they would like them to be.
Austin Lynd was awarded grand champion steer Thursday at the Rock County 4-H Fair, while his sister, Natalee, was named reserve champion.
The Rock County Drainage Board billed its former chairman this week for about $35,000 worth of expenses, charges that were nearly five years in the making.
The Rock-Koshkonong Lake District will consider raising its property tax impact from $20 per parcel to $65 per parcel at its annual meeting later this month.
Without a succession plan, a farm can meet an abrupt end or head suddenly to the real estate market. Many farms leave the family if a farmer doesn’t have children or the kids aren’t interested in taking over.
While farming is a male-dominated industry, Evansville resident Marie Messinger knows there are plenty of local women taking on more agricultural responsibility.
Don Vruwink of Milton, Mark Spreitzer of Beloit and Dave Considine of Baraboo toured three farms in rural Janesville on Monday to familiarize themselves with agricultural issues and see how different farms operate.
The Walworth County Pork Chop Cookout returns Wednesday evening, offering delicious food and raising money for fairgrounds improvements.
There were plenty of newcomers for the goats to greet Saturday. The Sterken farm was open to tours for Walworth County Dairy Breakfast guests, shuttled from the county fairgrounds in Elkhorn to the farm via bus.