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Are you currently or hoping to be a wedding venue business owner? If so, then this podcast is for you. Business coach & best-selling author, Amee Quiriconi, will teach you everything you need to know about starting and operating your own wedding venue business. You’ll learn how to attract the right clients, manage vendors, market your brand online, and more! This podcast will give you all the tools necessary to start and run a successful wedding venue business of your own. With Amee as your ...
 
“Cowside Conversations” is a monthly podcast brought to you by the Center for Dairy Excellence. We’ve heard time and time again that dairy farmers learn the most from other dairy farmers. So, in this podcast we’re going to share real-time farmer insight, tricks of the trade, and inspiring stories from dairies across Pennsylvania.
 
Saturdays, 9:00-9:30AM Central, live interviews with guests who help connect the dots between what we eat and how it's grown. Sylvia Burgos Toftness - New York City girl turned 100% grass-fed beef farmer - chats with ranchers, farmers, scientists and educators, film makers, policymakers, marketers, chefs and authors - all describing the linkages between soil health and nutrition, agricultural practice and financial sustainability, animal welfare and environmental restoration, sustainable agr ...
 
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Agritourism is the adventure of learning, tasting and experiencing the origins of food. Wisconsin’s farmers, ranchers and producers do it well, showcasing the state’s diversity through tours, farm stays, farm-to-table dining and more. Sheila Everhart, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association shares more on fall agrit…
 
Every year the Badger Steam and Gas show has a tractor that they feature. This year they are working with Allis Chalmers to put on the “Gathering of the Orange (GOTO). Allis Chalmers has their hand in a lot of manufacturing from chainsaws to refrigerators to dam generators producing electricity. The Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club will be hosting …
 
Congressman Tom Tiffany introduced the GRAIN for America Act. This legislation would place a 1-year moratorium on the enrollment of farmland in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to leave land uncultivated. Congressman Tom Tiffany shares more on what the GRAIN for America Act is and how it will impact Wisconsin farmers. See omnyst…
 
The Yahara Pride Farms group was formed about 10 years ago to better the water quality of Madison lakes and surrounding areas. Back then, one of the main focuses of the group was showing farmers how to incorporate cover crops. Now, its focus has shifted towards creating a network of farmers and non-farmers to help bridge the gap between farmers and…
 
Wisconsin's garlic harvest is just about wrapped up, and it looks like an average year for the state's garlic crop. Weather didn't seem to pose too many problems, and pests and diseases were kept at bay. Angela Adams is the owner of Adams Garlic Farm in Cassville with her husband, Don. She shares more about how the crop looked this year and explain…
 
A Wisconsin based band, Scotty Tyce and Power Take Off (PTO) has recently released a 4-song digital collection titled Keep Truckin'. Scott was inspired by seeing how hard 4-H youth worked to care for their livestock projects, and he wanted to find a way to give back to them. For each song download, the band will donate the proceeds to the Wisconsin…
 
Some key priorities that remain for farmers are preserving their land from development and helping to better soil and water quality for the next generation. One farmer located just outside of Madison has embraced that theme. Bob Uphoff is the Vice-Chair for Yahara Pride Farms, and he farms just outside of Madison in the Town of Dunn. He shares more…
 
The Wisconsin Holstein Association is a not-for-profit membership organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Holstein registered breed and their breeders and owners. Each year the Wisconsin Holstein Association hosts the All-Breeds Futurity at the Wisconsin State Fair. Ana McCourt, the Wisconsin Holstein Association summer intern, sha…
 
In the rolling hills of Green County you'll find the Burgy Family Farm nestled in near Monticello. Originally the family came from Switzerland and worked their way to Green County. Since he was a small boy, Glen Burgy knew he wanted to be a farmer. Today he's the fifth generation working the land, and he shares the family story and what his plans w…
 
Fairs are full of opportunities to learn about Wisconsin agriculture. Wisconsin’s agriculture industry is diverse, vibrant, and vital to our communities, providing jobs and contributing more than $104.8 billion to our state’s economy every year. Wisconsin farmers are working every day of the year to produce safe, nutritious food products for you an…
 
One Century Farm being recognized this year also saw one of its family members turning 100 years old. The Crass family farm in Adams County belongs to John & Susan Crass, and John's mother, Verna, celebrated her 100th birthday alongside the farm. Verna shares more about the farm's history and what life was like growing up on her family's farm, whil…
 
Greg Hanson recalls driving his first tractor at the age of 6 and fondly remembers the last team of horses, Duke and Dock, that were on his family's Waupaca County Farm. Greg's family farm received its Century Farm recognition this year at the Wisconsin State Fair, and he traces the farm's history back to his grandparents. They purchased land in Cl…
 
Brad Brogley recalls the hard work and family ties that were created on his family's Grant County Farm. Brad, along with his 4 siblings, grew up with strong agricultural roots and have found out more of the farm's history thanks to the work of their mother, Elaine. Not only did they learn more about their ancestors who entered the U.S. through Elli…
 
Disaster struck earlier this summer when a tornado hit Carlene Zaremba's Monroe County Farm, taking out the barn and leaving behind some serious damage. However, the tornado was not able to take from the farm's rich history. This year, Carlene's family farm received the Century Farm recognition. She shares more about the farm's history and shares s…
 
Barbara Ausmus Lowe is the great-granddaughter of one of the first limburger cheesemakers in Wisconsin. While the taste for limburger cheese has not been passed down to her, the farm property in Green County has remained in the lineage, and is celebrating 100 years. This is another Centennial Farm story brought to you courtesy of Compeer Financial.…
 
When cooking dinner, many turn to beef or pork. But, another healthy option is bison meat. The Wisconsin Bison Producers Association is a network of Wisconsin ranchers and farmers raising bison that are trying to spread the word about serving healthy meat such as bison. Andy Tenaglia, a chef with the Wisconsin Bison Producers Association is helping…
 
The Wisconsin State Fair is full of opportunities to learn about Wisconsin agriculture. Dairy Lane is one area where fairgoers of all ages can learn about Wisconsin’s vibrant dairy industry. From learning about cheesemaking to how farmers care for their cattle, there is something for everyone. Nicole Barlass, President of the Wisconsin State Fair D…
 
Wisconsin has a wide variety of state parks and natural areas for visitors to enjoy. The Wisconsin DNR has created an initiative aimed to make folks aware of all of the outdoor opportunities available to them. The 'Out Wi Go' campaign has the goal of helping people to "find your adventure" in Wisconsin. Preston D. Cole is the Secretary of the Wisco…
 
One of the timeless treats that can be enjoyed at the Wisconsin State Fair is a roasted ear of corn. However, there is lots of coordination and planning that goes into getting that fresh corn to the fair park - and getting enough of it. Eric Young is the Chairman of the corn roast with the New Berlin Lions Club. He shares what goes into getting aro…
 
Beekeepers faced a cooler spring this year, but despite the cold weather, the honey crop is looking strong. This is the word from James Hillemeyer, Co-owner of LB Werks and a Director of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association. He gives a look at honey production this year and the next steps to prepare for fall and winter. But first, he shares mo…
 
Alicia Peardon is one half of the husband-and-wife duo behind Tassie's Ghost Rock Wines, where she oversees the customer-facing side of the business, encompassing all things tourism, hospitality and events. In this episode, TICT's Emma Azon-Jacometti chats with Alicia about the growth of Ghost Rock since she and husband Justin moved to north-west T…
 
The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board plans to sell all first place entries from the Dairy Products Contest at the Blue Ribbon Dairy Products Auction on Aug. 11. The proceeds from the auction are used to help fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in the dairy industry, dairy education at the State Fair (Dairy Lane, daily milking …
 
Did you know lavender is a useful herb that can spruce up a wide variety of dishes? Aside from its calming benefits as an essential oil, it can also give a unique flavor to your food. Aron McReynolds is the owner of New Life Lavender & Cherry Farm in Baraboo with his wife, Laura. He shares more about the culinary uses of lavender, but first outline…
 
Adam Kolb shares the story of his family’s Century farm in Manitowoc County. The farm was purchased by the first Kolb generation in 1900. The land was used to raise feeder pigs and run a dairy operation until 1997. The Kolb family then focused solely on the dairy and expanded their herd. In 2010, Adam exited the dairy industry and since has transit…
 
Beverly Bergles tells the story of her family’s Century farm in Racine County. The farm was acquired in 1921 and was originally an 80 acre hobby farm. Bergles was married in 1955, and she and her husband built a new barn, milk house, machine shed, and grain bins. Today she rents her farm out to a crop farmer and she still lives on the farmstead ten…
 
Carl VandenAvond tells the story of his family’s Sesquicentennial farm in Brown County. The first VandenAvond generation purchased the property in 1871 and were dairy farmers. In 1928 a new farmhouse was built and it is the one Carl lives in still today. Today, the property is used for cash cropping and raising steers. The VandenAvond family hopes …
 
Richard Olson tells the story of his family's Sesquicentennial farm in Door County. The farm was acquired in 1872 when Richard’s great great grandfather, Matthias Olson, immigrated to Wisconsin from Norway. The farmstead was originally a cash crop operation but over time turned into a more dairy focused operation. Today, the property is home to a 6…
 
Sandra Wedepohl Witte tells the story of her family’s 180 acre Century farm in Sheboygan County. The farm was acquired when Harry and Lenora Habighorst sold their farm to their nephew Fred Wedepohl in 1912. The original farm was a dairy operation and also had a hatchery as a center part of the business. In the 1950s to 60s, the milking herd was exp…
 
Virginia Green tells the story of her family's Sesquicentennial farm in La Crosse County. The farm was acquired in 1872 and over time reached 300 acres. The first Green generation grew everything from timber to wheat and had dairy cattle as well as operated a sawmill. The farm was sold to Virginia’s cousin and the land was rented out. In 2021, Virg…
 
Virginia Green tells the story of her family's Sesquicentennial farm in La Crosse County. The farm goes six generations back to when the first Pfaff generation married the daughter of those who originally owned the farm in 1871. Early on the farmstead was home to cash crops and a livestock operation. Once Virginia’s dad purchased the farm in 1971, …
 
Wesley and Jill Milner share the microphone to tell the story of the family's Sesquicentennial farm in Rock County. The first Milner generation purchased 100 acres in 1866 and an additional 77 acres in 1868. The land was farmed with horses until Wesley’s dad decided to purchase a tractor. However, his grandpa still farmed half of the acreage with h…
 
Charlie Jones (Kramer) shares the story of his family’s Sesquicentennial farm in Washington County. Adam and Eva Kramer were the original settlers and are what the farm is now named after as Krescent Valley Dairy. They sold the farm to Henry Kramer who built the barn that is still used today. The farmstead was a dairy operation from 1967 -2001. In …
 
David Viergutz tells the story of his family’s 94-acre Sesquicentennial farm in Waupaca County. The farm was acquired in 1872, with David’s great grandfather purchasing it in 1903. It was a dairy operation that has continued to stay in the family even today. In 2000 there was a barn fire, however, David persevered and expanded the dairy to 300 cows…
 
Charles Felch shares the history of his Sesquicentennial farm located in Marinette County. The farm was established by Charles' great grandfather, Christian Felsch (Felch), before any other settlements or roads had appeared in the area. Christian built a house on the property, but it burned down during the Peshtigo Fire, so he had to rebuild with h…
 
Nate Kirch details the history of his family's farm, Sperle Farm. This farm will be receiving the Century Farm recognition at the Wisconsin State Fair this year. The farm was established in 1883 when Hans Sperle, an ancestor from Norway on Nate's mother's side, purchased the property in the Town of Dunn. The original house was built in 1847 and is …
 
One of this year's Centennial Farms belongs to EllaFaye Johnson of Marquette County. She tells Mid-West Farm Report that her late husband, Wayne, did not want to continue farming the way his dad did, and so they started Westfield Nursery & Florist in 1946 to serve the surrounding communities. Pictured from left to right: Sam, EllaFaye, Anna and Way…
 
George Tipler shares the story of his family’s land in Winnebago County. He's accepting the Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award this year for his 21-acre parcel in the town of Clayton. He shares fond memories of farming with his father and grandfather and the stories of hauling cattle back when vehicles couldn't go more than 50 miles per hour. The…
 
Lori Mesik Hamilton's great grandparents, immigrants of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, moved from Colorado to Ashland County after her great-grandmother was struck with tuberculosis. They thought the crisp air would do her good. Lori says crisp was an understatement -- when she was farming as a girl on the Century Farm, she remembers using a crowbar…
 
In every corner of Wisconsin, you can probably find a family farm with a legacy that goes back 100 or 150 years. We’re sharing the stories of those Century and Sesquicentennial Farms thanks to Compeer Financial. One of the 100-year-old farms being recognized this year belongs to Joe Kirschbaum of Bloomington in Grant County. That’s where his family…
 
Wisconsin agriculture can always surprise you! That might be the feeling you get when you hear the story of Trembling Prairie Farm in Markesan. John Bobek, Farmer and Owner, Trembling Prairie Farms, is an Indiana native that farms the tricky soils of his Markesan farm. It's rich in nutrients, but fickle when it comes to crops it favors. So when the…
 
Any family that includes a member that's got some health or mental disabilities faces challenges in finding services that can help them manage through "life". Pam Jahnke visits with Sally Flaschberger, Project Manager-Living Well, Co-Leader Partners in Policymaking with the WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. Wisconsin's BPDD has a…
 
The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) announced today it is launching a Health & Safety Group, designed to help WCMA members across the country protect their most valuable resource: their workforce. WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy Rebekah Sweeney, talks with Pam Jahnke about why cheesemakers across the state are excited to engage…
 
With fuel prices getting a lot of consumer attention, Pam Jahnke visits with Roland Koenig of Marquis Ethanol in Necedah about how that industry responded. Koenig says that ethanol margins have been good, and they're contributing to bringing fuel prices down. Consumers may think that chicken is always a "deal" at the grocery store - but that may no…
 
The Wisconsin Honey Queen is out and about educating consumers about the value of bees and what's at risk if habitat isn't maintained. Jill Welke talks to WI Honey Queen Shannon Lamb. Ashley Huhn with the Steffes Group joins Pam Jahnke to talk details about holding an auction. Ashley says auctions are usually a once in a lifetime experience, so you…
 
Heat's building again this week and that's a problem for Wisconsin's dairy cows. Stephanie Hoff visits with UW-Extension Animal Safety Specialist, Jennifer VanOss about what's at risk if farms don't address and protect against heat. Ashley Schumacher from Alcivia Cooperative is Pam Jahnke's guest on the Alcivia Coop Talk show. She focuses in on Alc…
 
Farmers and gardeners may look forward to summer storms for some valuable rainfall, but their pets may not be as enthusiastic. Dr. Maria Verbrugge, clinical instructor of primary care at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, tries to help pet parents calm their partners during noisy summer weather events. Verbrugge talks with P…
 
There's been a lot of attention to fluctuations at the pump for fuel prices, but much less attention focused on Wisconsin's ethanol industry and how it's working to try and flatten that volatility. Roland Koenig is the Commodity Manager for Marquis Energy in Necedah. He talks with Pam Jahnke about the multitude of byproducts produced in an ethanol …
 
Interest is already high for participation in the 2022 WI Sheep & Wool Festival, Sept. 9-11 at Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson. Pam Jahnke visits with festival veteran, Bob Black of Columbus, about the shows humble beginnings, and how things like fiber art have transformed some of the show. In 2022, Black says there's more than 50 pages of …
 
Kids and animals. Put the two together and there can be magic. That's just the magic that's been created in classrooms across Wisconsin, and across the country, through the Adopt A Cow program. Spearheaded in part by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the campaign allows school aged kids to follow a baby dairy calf from essentially birth, through its firs…
 
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