Adventures in Agriculture

The evening of May 11, 2019 will forever hold a special place in my heart. That night, in an auditorium filled with members of the Wisconsin agriculture community, I heard my name called to serve as our state’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland. Now, almost 15 months later, it i...

Pretty, please … with a cherry on top! Make that a Wisconsin tart cherry on top, and a request like that is hard to refuse! Wisconsin tart cherries are known for their sour, yet sweet taste, distinctive deep red color, and of course, their home in Door County.

Cherry tr...

Hidden just below the soil’s surface in Marathon and surrounding counties lies an international gem. Grown for generations in the central part of the state, American ginseng roots have been cultivated in Wisconsin for more than 100 years. Each ginseng root grown in the...

Before I ran for Alice in Dairyland, I had little idea of what ginseng was, how it was grown, or what it even looked like! Fast forward to today, after touring several ginseng operations in Wisconsin, I have discovered how important this small root is to our agricultur...

Today’s farmers are continually innovating when it comes to new methods of growing and raising our food supply. Aquaponics, a process which allows producers to raise and grow both a protein and vegetable crop simultaneously, has seen an increase in popularity.

Aquaponic...

National Agriculture Week: March 22 - March 28, 2020

National Agriculture Day: March 24, 2020

From America’s Breadbasket to America’s Dairyland, agriculture has truly shaped Wisconsin’s identity. Evidence of our agriculture roots can be seen every Sunday in the fall...

As winter begins to fade away and daytime temperatures remain above freezing, sap from Wisconsin’s state tree, the sugar maple, will begin to flow. All across our state, Wisconsin’s maple syrup producers will begin tapping their trees, collecting sap, and bottling syru...

My journey to becoming a licensed Wisconsin cheesemaker did not begin intentionally. As I was preparing for my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I began looking for an on-campus student job. While scrolling through the job list, I quickly stopped wh...

Today marks the final day of National FFA Week 2020. The week-long festivities began last Saturday to celebrate the National FFA Organization. Dating back to 1928, the National FFA brings together high school and middle school students interested in agriculture. Studen...

It’s the age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’ve often wondered this myself, and while I still don’t have a complete answer, I know I want to be in agriculture. Wisconsin agriculturists help to feed, fuel, and clothe communities not only in ou...

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