Lameness in dairy herds is a serious issue.
This week Rochelle Ripp, the state's 65th Alice in Dairyland, prepared to participate in several days of activities that will choose her successor in the high-profile job of state agriculture ambassador.
The Miller family, farming west of Columbus in the tiny town of East Bristol, is building on a heritage of dairy farming that began there in 1852. Today, the family has one of the state's largest organic dairy farms in the state.
When Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden recently traveled to Japan for the World Farmers Organization it was an eye-opening experience.
Although he's president of the Monsanto Fund Board, which is giving more than $5 million in grants to non-profit entities in rural communities this year, the awarding of $2,500 to the St. Martin Heritage Park in rural New Holstein in Calumet County was the first time that Jerry Steiner was on hand to make a program presentation - for a program that's in its third year.