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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

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

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Photos from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside shot by Benjamin Wideman.
09/09/2021

Photos from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside shot by Benjamin Wideman.

Photos from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside shot by Benjamin Wideman.
09/02/2021

Photos from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside shot by Benjamin Wideman.

Photos from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside shot by Benjamin Wideman.
08/26/2021

Photos from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside shot by Benjamin Wideman.

Benjamin Wideman shot this photo of a row of Amish buggies lined up in the countryside where people were gathering for a...
08/22/2021

Benjamin Wideman shot this photo of a row of Amish buggies lined up in the countryside where people were gathering for a baseball game. The buggy on the right has baseball bags filled with equipment.

Benjamin Wideman shot this photo of a row of Amish buggies lined up in the countryside where people were gathering for a baseball game. The buggy on the right has baseball bags filled with equipment.

08/13/2021
Wisconsin sunflower field

Benjamin Wideman shot this video clip of golden sunflower fields blanketing the scenic Wisconsin countryside at Bergsbaken Farms.

The latest coloring page from The Country Today is now available. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. ...
08/04/2021

The latest coloring page from The Country Today is now available. 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.

Looking for somewhere to visit this summer? Outdoors columnist Tom Nicholls says that the National Eagle Center along th...
08/03/2021
Focus on nature: Eagle center on Mississippi worth a visit

Looking for somewhere to visit this summer? Outdoors columnist Tom Nicholls says that the National Eagle Center along the Mississippi River is worth a look. Read more about what the center has to offer by following the link.

The Mississippi River bordering Wisconsin and Minnesota has long been known for its spectacular bald eagle-watching along its open waters during winter, especially below its dams. Now that the bald

In this week's The Country Today, read about an Eau Claire County program that allows farmers to help save topsoil by re...
08/02/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about an Eau Claire County program that allows farmers to help save topsoil by renting a no-till drill. Also, a police captain shares information about human trafficking in agriculture and what to do if you suspect it may be happening on your farm. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about an Eau Claire County program that allows farmers to help save topsoil by renting a no-till drill. Also, a police captain shares information about human trafficking in agriculture and what to do if you suspect it may be happening on your farm. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

These photos of beautiful, rural Wisconsin were shot by Benjamin Wideman.
07/31/2021

These photos of beautiful, rural Wisconsin were shot by Benjamin Wideman.

Sunflower fields add a beautiful blanket of color to Wisconsin's summer countryside, as shown in this photo by Benjamin ...
07/30/2021

Sunflower fields add a beautiful blanket of color to Wisconsin's summer countryside, as shown in this photo by Benjamin Wideman.

Sunflower fields add a beautiful blanket of color to Wisconsin's summer countryside, as shown in this photo by Benjamin Wideman.

David Freund left his previous employment to start his own business, which has him repairing and restoring barns that of...
07/27/2021
Barn restorer adds new life to old structures

David Freund left his previous employment to start his own business, which has him repairing and restoring barns that often have a great deal of sentimentality to their owners. Read more about his endeavor by following the link.

Barn restorer David Freund has found sentimentality can be one of the most compelling reasons barn owners decide to have their barns repaired or restored. The craftsman from Utica started

After being postponed for a year, Farm Technology Days came back in a big way last week as over 50,000 people set foot o...
07/26/2021

After being postponed for a year, Farm Technology Days came back in a big way last week as over 50,000 people set foot on a horseradish farm south of Eau Claire over the course of the three-day event. Read more about everything the show had to offer in this week's The Country Today or online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

After being postponed for a year, Farm Technology Days came back in a big way last week as over 50,000 people set foot on a horseradish farm south of Eau Claire over the course of the three-day event. Read more about everything the show had to offer in this week's The Country Today or online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Benjamin Wideman shot this photo of a doe and her fawn strolling through Wisconsin's summer countryside.
07/25/2021

Benjamin Wideman shot this photo of a doe and her fawn strolling through Wisconsin's summer countryside.

Benjamin Wideman shot this photo of a doe and her fawn strolling through Wisconsin's summer countryside.

Enjoy this newest coloring page from The Country Today. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer. Right clic...
07/21/2021

Enjoy this newest 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.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is considering turning over its state-run h**p gr...
07/20/2021
DATCP considering turning over h**p program to USDA

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is considering turning over its state-run h**p growing and processing program to federal management. While no decision has been officially made yet, there are a number of reasons why that option is under consideration. Read more by following the link.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is considering “relinquishing” its h**p program to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski.

In this week's The Country Today, read about the agricultural and rural highlights of the newest state budget. Also, exp...
07/19/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about the agricultural and rural highlights of the newest state budget. Also, experts say that Southeast Asia presents numerous opportunities for U.S. dairy exporting. Find these stories and more on www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about the agricultural and rural highlights of the newest state budget. Also, experts say that Southeast Asia presents numerous opportunities for U.S. dairy exporting. Find these stories and more on www.thecountrytoday.com.

Summer scenes from the Wisconsin countryside, with photos by Benjamin Wideman.
07/17/2021

Summer scenes from the Wisconsin countryside, with photos by Benjamin Wideman.

Ben Styer of the Menomonie FFA Chapter was elected last week to serve as the 2021-2022 Wisconsin State FFA President. Re...
07/13/2021
Styer is next to lead Wisconsin FFA as president

Ben Styer of the Menomonie FFA Chapter was elected last week to serve as the 2021-2022 Wisconsin State FFA President. Read about who will be joining him on the officer team, as well as some other highlights from the state convention, by following the link.

Ben Styer of the Menomonie FFA chapter has been elected to serve as Wisconsin State FFA President for the 2021-2022 year.

In this week's The Country Today, read about how a fair community quickly came together to support the family an exhibit...
07/12/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about how a fair community quickly came together to support the family an exhibitor who was fatally injured in a crash. Also, read about the potential that solar energy has for farmers in the state. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about how a fair community quickly came together to support the family an exhibitor who was fatally injured in a crash. Also, read about the potential that solar energy has for farmers in the state. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Summer scenes from the Wisconsin countryside, with photos shot by Benjamin Wideman.
07/10/2021

Summer scenes from the Wisconsin countryside, with photos shot by Benjamin Wideman.

Another new coloring page from The Country Today is ready to print and enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a deskto...
07/07/2021

Another new coloring page from The Country Today is ready to print 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.

June Dairy Month may be over, but the celebration of dairy doesn't have to be over yet with National Ice Cream Month jus...
07/06/2021
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Wisconsin ice cream!

June Dairy Month may be over, but the celebration of dairy doesn't have to be over yet with National Ice Cream Month just getting underway. Read what Alice in Dairyland Julia Nunes has to say about the sweet treat of ice cream by following the link.

This year’s June Dairy Month was jam-packed with dairy breakfasts, farm tours, and more. With more than 7,000 dairy farms that contribute to Wisconsin’s legacy as “America’s Dairyland,” Wisconsin dairy

In this week's The Country Today, read about a strawberry season cut short as growers talk about the challenges this yea...
07/05/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about a strawberry season cut short as growers talk about the challenges this year's crop faced. Also, handling heat stress in cows may be better documented, but there are still strategies that can be used to keep calves cool, too. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about a strawberry season cut short as growers talk about the challenges this year's crop faced. Also, handling heat stress in cows may be better documented, but there are still strategies that can be used to keep calves cool, too. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In celebration of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we share these American flag-themed photos shot by Benjamin Widema...
07/03/2021

In celebration of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we share these American flag-themed photos shot by Benjamin Wideman while traveling throughout the Wisconsin countryside.

Twin brothers Jason and Justin Sparrgrove have grown their dairy herd and launched an ice cream shop in Boscobel. And th...
06/29/2021
Family farm finds sweet success: Udder Brothers' Creamery allows brothers to keep milking

Twin brothers Jason and Justin Sparrgrove have grown their dairy herd and launched an ice cream shop in Boscobel. And they don't plan to let their entrepreneurial dairy dreams stop there. Read more about the Sparrgrove families by following the link.

There was no question what twin brothers Jason and Justin Sparrgrove wanted to be when they grew up. The question was how they could financially make their dream of owning

In this week's The Country Today, fair season is here in Wisconsin. Read about how fairs are coming back this year and f...
06/28/2021

In this week's The Country Today, fair season is here in Wisconsin. Read about how fairs are coming back this year and find a schedule of fairs this summer. Also, read about a company that has created a cover crop seeding drone. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, fair season is here in Wisconsin. Read about how fairs are coming back this year and find a schedule of fairs this summer. Also, read about a company that has created a cover crop seeding drone. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Beautiful barns can be seen throughout the Wisconsin countryside, as shown in this photo shot by Benjamin Wideman while ...
06/26/2021

Beautiful barns can be seen throughout the Wisconsin countryside, as shown in this photo shot by Benjamin Wideman while traveling south of Egg Harbor in Door County.

Beautiful barns can be seen throughout the Wisconsin countryside, as shown in this photo shot by Benjamin Wideman while traveling south of Egg Harbor in Door County.

An Arctic loon was recently spotted for the first time in Wisconsin. Read more about the sighting and other nature notes...
06/22/2021
Focus on nature: Arctic loon spotted in Wisconsin for the first time

An Arctic loon was recently spotted for the first time in Wisconsin. Read more about the sighting and other nature notes by following the link.

An Arctic loon was spotted for the first time ever in Wisconsin when Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Biologist Ryan Brady and friends sighted the striking loon along Lake

Many dairy breakfasts are back on the farm this year. Read about how Pepin County's on-farm event went in this week's is...
06/21/2021

Many dairy breakfasts are back on the farm this year. Read about how Pepin County's on-farm event went in this week's issue of The Country Today. Dairy breakfasts aren't the only thing making a return. Farm Technology Days 2021 is just around the corner after a one-year hiatus. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Many dairy breakfasts are back on the farm this year. Read about how Pepin County's on-farm event went in this week's issue of The Country Today. Dairy breakfasts aren't the only thing making a return. Farm Technology Days 2021 is just around the corner after a one-year hiatus. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

The latest coloring page from The Country Today is ready to enjoy. It's easiest to print it off from a desktop computer....
06/16/2021

The latest 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.

Jamie Lynch has accumulated a lot of knowledge in his 30 years in the saddle industry. Read what he has to say about sad...
06/15/2021
Saddle restorer, repairer shares industry knowledge

Jamie Lynch has accumulated a lot of knowledge in his 30 years in the saddle industry. Read what he has to say about saddle quality, repair, cleaning and more by following the link.

Saddle restorer and repairer Jamie Lynch of Oregon has seen too many economically priced saddles turn out to be “buyer’s regret.” Despite innovations in saddle construction, the equine industry has

In this week's The Country Today, read about how the early summer heat can impact agriculture. Also, Gov. Tony Evers has...
06/14/2021

In this week's The Country Today, read about how the early summer heat can impact agriculture. Also, Gov. Tony Evers has indicated that farmers will get more payments from the state as part of the funding the state received from the latest federal stimulus package. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

In this week's The Country Today, read about how the early summer heat can impact agriculture. Also, Gov. Tony Evers has indicated that farmers will get more payments from the state as part of the funding the state received from the latest federal stimulus package. These stories and more are online now at www.thecountrytoday.com.

Check out these photos from the 17th annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally that were shot by Benjamin Wideman. The event,...
06/13/2021

Check out these photos from the 17th annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally that were shot by Benjamin Wideman. The event, which was organized by Agricultural Heritage and Resources Inc., covered miles of beautiful Wisconsin countryside. Additional photos and a video clip also were posted yesterday. Have a great weekend!

These photos from today's 17th annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally were shot by Benjamin Wideman. Check back tomorrow f...
06/13/2021

These photos from today's 17th annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally were shot by Benjamin Wideman. Check back tomorrow for more of his photos from the event, which traversed miles of beautiful Wisconsin countryside. The rally was organized by Agricultural Heritage and Resources Inc.

06/12/2021
17th annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally

A seemingly endless line of tractor enthusiasts took part in today's 17th annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally, organized by Agricultural Heritage and Resources, Inc. This video clip was shot by Benjamin Wideman. He also will be posting dozens of photos this weekend from the event, which covered miles of beautiful Wisconsin countryside.

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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!