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MASON, Wis. – From a tiny acorn a great oak will grow, goes the saying that helps us draw inspiration to begin a labor of love. Sometimes that acorn is the germ of a great idea.

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PITTSBURGH – It’s lunchtime on a Tuesday, and 8-year-old Alona Cherry is taking a break from her online lessons to introduce visitors to the squad assembled in the backyard of her and her mother Brandi’s Pittsburgh home. There’s Cuzzo. Poe. Sugarbell. Dippy. And about a dozen or so more. They aren’t friends who are the product of a girl’s imagination but rather the names of the chickens (and ...

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a series featuring women members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

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BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – Many forget their ancestors. Some folks live as though history began with their own births. But in other cultures ancestors are acknowledged and revered as guides for everyday life and future endeavors. Even in western society from time to time the intimate role of ancestors in everyday life cannot be ignored.

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Caesar is the elder statesman of the barn cats on the Stern farm outside Kewaskum, Wisconsin. He's battle-worn and ornery; he shows his teeth and hisses at everything and everyone. But he's still gentle enough to cuddle kittens. Caesar's sunshine sleeping habits are often balancing acts atop gates just outside the barn.

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Although farmers have a reputation for working alone, in reality, farm work often requires teamwork. Especially when attaching implements to equipment, loading grain or livestock, or harvesting produce, having additional sets of hands usually helps the job go more smoothly.

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In the world of crops, angst over the weather has reached a fevered pitch. Global inventories are shrinking and demand is on a tear as drought plagues farms in key producers from the U.S. and Brazil to Russia. As a result, every rain shower and dry spell is coming under extreme scrutiny. Grain prices have touched near-decade highs, and whether they rally to further heights or retreat depends ...

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FRESNO, Calif. – On a spring day when the mustard greens were still tender, Sherril Wells stopped harvesting, raised her arms and danced to Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" playing over her SUV's speakers. Her friend Liza Apper had told her that joy and grief could exist together. She thought this must have been what Apper meant: a flash of being alive, even as she grieved for Rodney Wells. She ...