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19th Badger Invitational Dairy Sale: another success

WI Farmer

The Badger Invitational Sale dates to 1983 when it began as “a means to apply in actual practice what was being taught in the UW-Madison Dairy Science Department classroom, such as dairy pedigrees, sire evaluation, performance indexes and business principles.”

Niagara native wins national award for geriatric research

Iron Mountain Daily News

Dr. Amy Kind, associate professor of medicine-geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the American Geriatrics Society’s 2019 recipient of the AGS Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation.

Countdown to 2019 Farm Tech Days is on

The Country Today

The annual meeting also included the announcement of the recipient of the Donald R. Peterson Technology Transfer Award. Dr. Brian Luck, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison received this year’s award, although he was unable to attend the annual meeting.

Now is the time to invest in research for our dairy future

WI Farmer

UW System agricultural research, which Wisconsin farmers of the past relied on to help build America’s Dairyland, still focuses on nutrition, production efficiency, welfare and disease prevention in dairy cows. In addition, UW researchers are also developing new stress-reduction programs for farmers, formulating new dairy-based food products, and creating sustainable practices that benefit water, land, rural communities and farm workers.

Farmers learn from farmers


UW-Discovery Farms is a research and outreach program focused on the relationship between agriculture and water quality. It’s a unique program that conducts research on privately owned farms in Wisconsin.

Southern Door Students at Great World Texts Student Conference

Door County Pulse

On April 8, these students – including some from Southern Door High School – will discuss A Small Place at the 15th annual Great World Texts Student Conference at UW-Madison. They’ll also share their work with each other and members of the university, and they’ll meet and hear from the author herself.

Novomoto has big plans for 2019

Novomoto began in 2017 after spinning off from UW-Madison, and the company has grown quickly under co-founders Olson and Mehrdad Arjmand. At the end of 2017, the company had 20 paying customers, and Olson and Arjmand managed to grow that tenfold by the end of 2018.

Civic education makes ‘a powerful difference’ in creating young voters

WI Watch

“As somebody who was a high school social studies teacher … it’s extremely difficult to do a good job as a history teacher and also at the same time have the time to do everything that needs to happen in a high-quality civics class,” said Diana Hess, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education. “You’re just cramming way too much into a course.”

MARS agronomist: Large, small farms can succeed together

The Country Today

As the agronomist at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, Cavadini has been integrating no-till and cover crops practices to support the station’s dairy herd. He also grazes a small herd of about 40 Black and Red Angus beef on his family’s 80-acre Cavern Point Farm near Stratford.

UW Extension Hosting Conference on Farm Human Resources

WI Ag Connection

“Many ag consultants are on the farm and see the challenges farmers face with employees every day,” said Simon Jette-Nantel, Professor and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist. “These are often the people farmers ask for advice regarding employees. This program provides information and resources to help Wisconsin farmers address these questions.”

Task force recommends changes


Mark Stephenson, chairman of the task force and director of dairy-policy analysis for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said at the end of the meeting, “We’re kind of stuck in the red zone and have a little bit of clean-up work yet to do.”

Wisconsin proposed budget affects farmers

Ag Update

But the Wisconsin Farm Bureau would like to prioritize the positions of integrated specialist roles that would hold a joint appointment between UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension. Those specialists perform and teach the specialized research that is essential to Wisconsin farmers.

New county livestock educator named

Sun Prairie Star

Fuenzalida recently received her doctorate in dairy science from University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she gained extensive experience collaborating with dairy farmers and conducting research trials on dairy farms.

Potato grower eyes seed


Administered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the program consists of a full-time staff of experienced professionals dedicated to ensuring thoroughness and impartiality in inspection and certification procedures.

Dairy producers hit hard


Carl Duley, a former farmer, and now a University of Wisconsin-Extension agent with Buffalo County, helps farmers like Weisenbeck. Duley said he’s working with the state government to try to get local farmers some low-interest loans to help pay for their losses.

Industrial hemp may be agriculture’s next big thing

Kenosha News

The predecessors for today’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the UW-Madison were already on the scene, helping farmers transition. It happened again in the 1890s when Professor Stephen Babcock developed the first simple and practical test for measuring the butterfat content for milk and cream, which propelled the dairy industry. The state’s cranberry industry took off at the turn of the 20th century, again with the help of decades of UW research.

Program to help create, revisit farm’s financial blueprint

The Country Today

The UW-Extension Program, “Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward,” is intended for farmers interested in planning and preparing for the future of their farm business in the context of current challenging economic conditions. It offers an opportunity for farmers interested to further develop and/or re-evaluate their plans and goals for their farm with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions.

Efforts aim to prevent suicide

Ag Update

The Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program started a farmer suicide-prevention project this past month. The effort, funded by a $50,000 grant from the University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine and Public Health’s Wisconsin Partnership Program, was prompted by an increase in stories about suicides or suicidal thoughts among farmers, said Wally Orzechowski, executive director.

Agricultural Contributions – past to future


The food-science department has been a part of the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for more than 100 years. Originally housed in Hiram Smith Hall at its founding, the food-science department moved into Babcock Hall when the building opened in 1951.