Adventures in Agriculture

“How many of you come from a farm?” I always ask this question when speaking with elementary students. Occasionally, one or two students will raise their hands. More often, they tell me stories of visiting their grandparents’ farms on weekends or holidays.  

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“If only it was that easy.” How many time have you caught yourself thinking or saying that when facing a challenge? Of course, our Wisconsin farmers and processors always have unique obstacles. Weather, technology, market prices, crop yields and animal health create co...

Stomping around the farm in my kid-sized work boots, the strength of my parents often amazed me. There was plenty of work to do on our dairy farm. One of my first tasks was to give fresh water to our baby calves. Struggling to carry a full pail, I used my little red wa...

Food has a tendency to bring people together. The smells of warm breakfast can get even the sleepiest of individuals out of bed. Friends who need to catch up go out to lunch. Families gather around a table at night to discuss their day. In my life, food brought our fam...

Each Fourth of July, homes are beautifully decorated with American flags and patriotic decor. People wear red, white and blue outfits to gather with family and friends. Fireworks fill night skies with dazzling displays of color. Among all the traditions we have to cele...

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