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The Country Today The Country Today is the newspaper that cares about rural life. The Country Today is the only newspaper dedicated to every facet of rural life in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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As "The Newspaper That Cares About Rural Life," The Country Today provides a wide range of news and features coverage about the many issues and interests unique to people living in rural areas. A strong base of news about agriculture - still the economic backbone of rural Wisconsin and Minnesota - is part of The Country Today's news and features coverage. The Country Today is printed and mailed on Mondays. Advertisers find The Country Today to be a well-read tool for marketing products on a statewide basis or through small, regional advertising programs.

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Jill Feller was recently named Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Horse Council. Read about her contributions to and ...
05/04/2021
Horse Council Director of the Year named

Jill Feller was recently named Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Horse Council. Read about her contributions to and beyond the council by following the link.

Recognizing the various skills and responsibilities good secretaries bring to their organizations, Pat Miller of Stoughton nominated Jill Feller of Mayville for the Wisconsin Horse Council’s Director of the Year

In this week's The Country Today, farmers markets are returning for the season, bring an abundance of fresh produce, mea...
05/03/2021

In this week's The Country Today, farmers markets are returning for the season, bring an abundance of fresh produce, meat, eggs, artisan products and more. Also, two farmers discuss their individual experiences with calf pairing and their results. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, farmers markets are returning for the season, bring an abundance of fresh produce, meat, eggs, artisan products and more. Also, two farmers discuss their individual experiences with calf pairing and their results. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

What do farmers think about nitrogen issues, and whose advice do farmers trust on practices to reduce nitrate contaminat...
04/27/2021
Farmers surveyed about attitudes toward nitrate contamination

What do farmers think about nitrogen issues, and whose advice do farmers trust on practices to reduce nitrate contamination in groundwater? That's what a recent farmer survey in Pepin County sought to find out. Read about the results by following the link.

Researchers at UW-Madison recently produced a report about farmers’ attitudes toward nitrate contamination of ground water and the agricultural practices required to address this type of contamination.

In this week's The Country Today, the Farmers to Families Food Box program will close at the end of May; find out where ...
04/26/2021

In this week's The Country Today, the Farmers to Families Food Box program will close at the end of May; find out where the USDA is going from there. Also, read about the overlap between agriculture and the environment, including how they can benefit each other. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, the Farmers to Families Food Box program will close at the end of May; find out where the USDA is going from there. Also, read about the overlap between agriculture and the environment, including how they can benefit each other. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Whether it's farm scenes or our feathered friends, the Wisconsin countryside offers plenty of beauty throughout these sp...
04/24/2021

Whether it's farm scenes or our feathered friends, the Wisconsin countryside offers plenty of beauty throughout these spring months, as shown in these photos shot by Benjamin Wideman. For coverage of rural life and agriculture in Wisconsin and beyond, please visit www.thecountrytoday.com.

Enjoy this coloring page from The Country Today. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Right click to do...
04/21/2021

Enjoy this coloring page from The Country Today. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Right click to download on a Windows computer, or press the command key and click on a Mac. Once you've downloaded the image, you can print it off.

"Some people say eating beets is like licking a playground or eating dirt," according to UW-Madison horticulture profess...
04/20/2021
The beet goes on: Researcher's efforts lead to less earthy root vegetable

"Some people say eating beets is like licking a playground or eating dirt," according to UW-Madison horticulture professor and plant breeder Irwin Goldman. But 16 years of research done by Goldman and other researchers has yielded a beet variety that aims to beat the beet's earthy reputation. Read more by following the link.

Pickled or otherwise, beets are polarizing. But a Badger State variety aims to make the root vegetable more palatable to those who would normally pass.

In this week's The Country Today, keeping kids safe on the farm can have its challenges, but there are ways to enhance t...
04/19/2021

In this week's The Country Today, keeping kids safe on the farm can have its challenges, but there are ways to enhance the benefits of living on the farm while minimizing risk. Also, as spring field work starts to get underway, experts are encouraging patience and measurements before fully diving in. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, keeping kids safe on the farm can have its challenges, but there are ways to enhance the benefits of living on the farm while minimizing risk. Also, as spring field work starts to get underway, experts are encouraging patience and measurements before fully diving in. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

The sun is shining on the beautiful Wisconsin countryside, as shown in these photos by Benjamin Wideman. For coverage of...
04/17/2021

The sun is shining on the beautiful Wisconsin countryside, as shown in these photos by Benjamin Wideman. For coverage of agriculture and rural life in Wisconsin and beyond, please visit www.thecountrytoday.com.

A fundraiser this weekend aims to help a riding club with its maintenance of trails at Hartman Creek State Park near Wau...
04/13/2021
Saddle Bags fundraiser supports Hartman Creek State Park

A fundraiser this weekend aims to help a riding club with its maintenance of trails at Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca. Read more about the group, their efforts and the fundraiser by following the link.

Through their purchases, shoppers at the Saddle Bags riding club’s tack and bake sale will help support improvements on the Hartman Creek State Park riding trails. While trail riding makes

In this week's The Country Today, a bill has been introduced to make Colby the official cheese of America's Dairyland. A...
04/12/2021

In this week's The Country Today, a bill has been introduced to make Colby the official cheese of America's Dairyland. Also, discussions around broadband continue to highlight the importance of the service in rural areas of the state. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, a bill has been introduced to make Colby the official cheese of America's Dairyland. Also, discussions around broadband continue to highlight the importance of the service in rural areas of the state. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

These rustic tractor photos were shot by Benjamin Wideman in Wisconsin's beautiful spring countryside. For coverage of a...
04/09/2021

These rustic tractor photos were shot by Benjamin Wideman in Wisconsin's beautiful spring countryside. For coverage of agriculture and rural life in Wisconsin and beyond, please visit www.thecountrytoday.com.

The next coloring page from The Country Today is ready to enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. R...
04/07/2021

The next coloring page from The Country Today is ready to enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Right click to download on a Windows computer, or press the command key and click on a Mac. Once you've downloaded the image, you can print it off.

Embracing technology, such as through box-style robotic milking systems, could be a key to keeping small dairy farms in ...
04/06/2021
Expert: Robots can benefit small farms

Embracing technology, such as through box-style robotic milking systems, could be a key to keeping small dairy farms in Wisconsin. Read more of what an expert has to say on that topic by following the link.

The key to keeping small dairy farms on the Wisconsin landscape could come down to a willingness to embrace technology.

In this week's The Country Today, lower application numbers for hemp growers and processors in Wisconsin indicates inter...
04/05/2021

In this week's The Country Today, lower application numbers for hemp growers and processors in Wisconsin indicates interest in the industry may be lagging. Also, Gov. Tony Evers and DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski spoke recently on what rural Wisconsin may be able to expect in terms of budget, broadband, workforce and ag events. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, lower application numbers for hemp growers and processors in Wisconsin indicates interest in the industry may be lagging. Also, Gov. Tony Evers and DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski spoke recently on what rural Wisconsin may be able to expect in terms of budget, broadband, workforce and ag events. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Fieldstone silos in Wisconsin aren't all that common.Square silos can be even more difficult to find.So what are the cha...
04/03/2021

Fieldstone silos in Wisconsin aren't all that common.
Square silos can be even more difficult to find.
So what are the chances of coming across a silo that combines both features? Well, pretty good, assuming you just happen to be passing through a quaint country road in the town of Liberty in rural Manitowoc County.
A beautiful square silo built from fieldstone proudly stands alongside an old barn just southeast of the village of St. Nazianz.
The silo was constructed in 1933, during the depths of the Great Depression, by the late Bill Christel and a few friends when he was 28 years old.
To read the complete story, see the upcoming edition of The Country Today at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Thinking about what you're going to plant this spring? The Wisconsin DNR is encouraging people to look for native plant ...
03/30/2021
DNR: Order native plants now

Thinking about what you're going to plant this spring? The Wisconsin DNR is encouraging people to look for native plant sales from local non-profits and governments, many of which raise funds to benefit wildlife habitat. Read more by following the link.

Native plant sales are blooming across the state through April, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. By planting native plants, you can support the entire ecosystem by providing

In this week's The Country Today, read about the Clark County Bloomin' Greenhouse Tour that kicks off in April and provi...
03/29/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about the Clark County Bloomin' Greenhouse Tour that kicks off in April and provides a list of 21 different greenhouses to visit. Also, the USDA has made a number of changes to the federal pandemic aid being provided to producers. Read about those changes and this week's other stories online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about the Clark County Bloomin' Greenhouse Tour that kicks off in April and provides a list of 21 different greenhouses to visit. Also, the USDA has made a number of changes to the federal pandemic aid being provided to producers. Read about those changes and this week's other stories online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Six months after Eugene Dvorachek’s wife passed away in 1988 he received a small but thoughtful Christmas gift.“(Sharon)...
03/27/2021

Six months after Eugene Dvorachek’s wife passed away in 1988 he received a small but thoughtful Christmas gift.
“(Sharon) passed away in June, and for Christmas that year my daughter and son-in-law (Sherry and Jeff Hansen) bought me a little International toy tractor,” he said.
Soon thereafter, his brother Bob bought him a Minneapolis-Moline wide front toy tractor.
“I liked those little toy tractors they got me, so I decided to buy myself a Minneapolis-Moline U narrow front, and things sort of took off from there,” Dvorachek said.
More than 30 years later, the 78-year-old Manitowoc resident now owns 283 toy tractors … and counting. “I have a couple more that I ordered, and they should be coming in the mail any day now,” he said.
To read the complete story, see the upcoming edition of The Country Today at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Cybersecurity breaches, whether minor of major, are just about bound to happen at some point, but there are steps produc...
03/23/2021
Producers reminded to be vigilant of cybersecurity

Cybersecurity breaches, whether minor of major, are just about bound to happen at some point, but there are steps producers can take to protect themselves and their businesses as best as possible when it comes to those situations. For tips from an IT expert on the security processes producers should know, follow the link.

Cybersecurity breaches are almost inevitable, said Jeremy Cherny, president and founder of Tobin Solutions. A breach may be major or minor, but either way, producers should be aware of the

Today, March 23, we recognize the ongoing contributions of the agriculture industry in the U.S. Happy National Ag Day!
03/23/2021

Today, March 23, we recognize the ongoing contributions of the agriculture industry in the U.S. Happy National Ag Day!

Today, March 23, we recognize the ongoing contributions of the agriculture industry in the U.S. Happy National Ag Day!

In this week's The Country Today, read about Robert and Kena Strack's dairy farm in Marathon County, a farm that has pro...
03/22/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about Robert and Kena Strack's dairy farm in Marathon County, a farm that has provided Kena the ownership role she once thought she only be able to dream about. Also, experts say farmers can do their part to help ensure a clean supply of groundwater, especially when it comes to how they're using nitrogen. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about Robert and Kena Strack's dairy farm in Marathon County, a farm that has provided Kena the ownership role she once thought she only be able to dream about. Also, experts say farmers can do their part to help ensure a clean supply of groundwater, especially when it comes to how they're using nitrogen. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

They are classic food pairings: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese. And, perhaps some...
03/20/2021

They are classic food pairings: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese.
And, perhaps someday, we can add maple syrup and honey to that list.
“Right when you taste it, that flavor has the smoothness of honey and then it comes back with the maple flavor everyone loves,” Alicia Baroun said. “It’s great on top of pancakes, but it’s also good on ice cream and you can put it in beverages. That mixture is versatile and you can put it with lots of things.”
Alicia and her mother, Theresa Baroun, are co-owners of Maple Buzz, a Wisconsin business that combines maple syrup and honey — and several other flavors — for consumers looking to tickle their taste buds during maple syrup season and beyond.
Check out the complete story in the upcoming edition of The Country Today at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Another coloring page from The Country Today is ready to enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Ri...
03/17/2021

Another coloring page from The Country Today is ready to enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Right click to download on a Windows computer, or press the command key and click on a Mac. Once you've downloaded the image, you can print it off.

Among the provisions in the newest nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package signed into law last week were funds and r...
03/16/2021
Newest relief package includes support for agriculture, rural communities

Among the provisions in the newest nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package signed into law last week were funds and resources being directed toward agriculture and rural communities. Read more about that aspect of the legislation by following the link.

More funds and resources are being made available to agriculture and rural communities as a result of the newest federal COVID-19 relief legislation.

In this week's The Country Today, read about a smaller-scale maple syrup operation that says it's focused on quality not...
03/15/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about a smaller-scale maple syrup operation that says it's focused on quality not quantity. Also, as the spring fieldwork season nears, more farm implements are likely to be on the roads; officials are warning farmers and motorists to be aware and be careful. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about a smaller-scale maple syrup operation that says it's focused on quality not quantity. Also, as the spring fieldwork season nears, more farm implements are likely to be on the roads; officials are warning farmers and motorists to be aware and be careful. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

When Stu Schneider was a youngster, he came upon a makeshift setup in the Wisconsin woods used for producing maple syrup...
03/13/2021

When Stu Schneider was a youngster, he came upon a makeshift setup in the Wisconsin woods used for producing maple syrup. But he didn’t know that at the time. “I thought it was an old still for making moonshine,” Stu said. Over time, after learning the equipment’s true purpose, Stu began researching the process for making maple syrup. And that, in turn, led to the creation of Wisconsin Maple Shine, a family-run maple syrup operation that keeps alive those moonshine memories thanks to the clever business name and simple, old-style mason jars that contain 100 percent pure maple syrup. Check out the story in next week's edition of The Country Today at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Although Brandon Gjestvang neither has horses of his own nor formal welding training, spotting some examples of horsesho...
03/09/2021
Onalaska craftsman turns horseshoes into art

Although Brandon Gjestvang neither has horses of his own nor formal welding training, spotting some examples of horseshoe crafts on Pinterest got him interested in trying to make some himself. Read more about Gjestvang's metal artwork by following the link.

Horseshoes are finding their way into places other than the bottom sides of horses’ hooves. Metal artists are using horseshoes create décor for home, garden and stable.

In this week's The Country Today, read about Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Farm and her involvement with a new conservat...
03/08/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Farm and her involvement with a new conservation group, Wisconsin Women in Conservation. Also, read more on WiWiC as a whole as well as what the export picture holds for the state. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about Jennifer Nelson of Humble Pie Farm and her involvement with a new conservation group, Wisconsin Women in Conservation. Also, read more on WiWiC as a whole as well as what the export picture holds for the state. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

With spring fast approaching, we share one last gallery of winter photos by Benjamin Wideman that capture the beauty of ...
03/06/2021

With spring fast approaching, we share one last gallery of winter photos by Benjamin Wideman that capture the beauty of Wisconsin's countryside. For coverage of rural life and agriculture throughout the state and beyond, please visit www.thecountrytoday.com.

Here is the next coloring page from The Country Today, ready to print off and enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a...
03/03/2021

Here is the next coloring page from The Country Today, ready to print off and enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Right click to download on a Windows computer, or press the command key and click on a Mac. Once you've downloaded the image, you can print it off.

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Thank you for co-sponsoring the Wisconsin Association of Fairs "Every Person Has a Fair Story" contest. My entry was the District 2 Winner.
I enjoy these beautiful pictures
Reflecting on the past- riding a 1954 Farmall
Excellent variety of articles.
Menomonie WI. Beautiful place to live out your days.
Went from mud season to winter again. Putting round bales out near Glenwood City.
Can you tell me the name of the old general store restaurant in western Wisconsin featured in The Country Today in 2018?
Happy birthday to you, and for you doing well today
Please put up the article about "Horse owners concerned about hay supply". I'm sure it will get alot of shares. Thanks....helpful article.
What has happened to the Country Today? There is hardly anything worth while in it anymore. Each section has less pages and the subjects covered are getting a way from agriculture. I have been reading this paper for decades and really miss the "old" paper. Shape up!