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Wisconsin Agriculturist: 12 favorite stories of 2023

Conservation, local dairy operations, Master Agriculturists, state-of-the-art farm shop and drought were highlighted this year.

Fran O'Leary

December 26, 2023

12 Slides

The last 12 months have brough a lot of stories to Wisconsin Agriculturist. We recognized Master Agriculturists, weathered the drought this summer and shared stories of kindness, perseverance and local operations. Some of our favorites included:

  • Benefits of conservation practices

  • Making European-style butter

  • Local tart cherry production

  • Cheese donations

Thank you for following Wisconsin Agriculture with us this year! We’re looking forward to sharing more local production, families and leadership in the coming year.

About the Author(s)

Fran O'Leary

Wisconsin Agriculturist Editor

Even though Fran was born and raised on a farm in Illinois, she has spent most of her life in Wisconsin. She moved to the state when she was 18 years old and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Fran has 25 years of experience writing, editing and taking pictures. Before becoming editor of the Wisconsin Agriculturist in 2003, she worked at Johnson Hill Press in Fort Atkinson as a writer and editor of farm business publications and at the Janesville Gazette in Janesville as farm editor and feature writer. Later, she signed on as a public relations associate at Bader Rutter in Brookfield, and served as managing editor and farm editor at The Reporter, a daily newspaper in Fond du Lac.

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