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As the Magic Valley prepares for potentially record setting heat next week, farmers, potato researchers and dairy scientists are all voicing concerns. 

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Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series featuring women who are serving as conservation coaches for Wisconsin Women in Conservation. The Wisconsin collaborative effort is led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with the Wisconsin Farmers Union and Renewing the Countryside, as well as the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The group brings together women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources and funding opportunities.

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Editor’s note: Every time we’re needing rain we’ll ask Greg to write another dry-weather column. As soon as he wrote this it rained across much of Wisconsin. 

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The Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers is a producer-led watershed-protection group in the Sheboygan River watershed in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties. The group hosted its first field day of the year Apr. 21. Farmers talked about the next steps to take after turnip and crimson-clover cover crops grew through the winter.

Country folks are often quick to volunteer to help neighbors. Many have a can-do attitude. Though some have an independent streak, they know how to work together for a common goal. Sometimes those attributes serve a neighborhood or a community – or a whole nation.