Reinvestment will allow ag programs within UW System to train industry leaders
The long-standing partnership between faculty in our colleges and the Wisconsin dairy industry is special. In the 1880s, Gov. W.D. Hoard called on professors at the University of Wisconsin to assist struggling wheat farmers with the conversion to dairy. The discoveries and innovations researchers made in partnerships with farmers made this “America’s Dairyland.” In the 1980s, UW researchers worked with innovative producers and processors to map the course for Wisconsin to be a home for high-value specialty cheese. Today, we have a similar opportunity to create an industry-wide shift in our agricultural economy.
During this time of great stress for our state’s dairy farm families, our faculty and staff are dedicated to expanding our research and teaching to help bring new technologies and approaches to strengthen the industry and the communities that depend upon it. The state’s commitment, finalized today, will ensure we are well-positioned to ask innovative research questions and deliver high-impact and novel solutions.
We look forward to sharing success stories that will result from our work.
Dale Gallenberg, Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Wisconsin–River Falls
Kate VandenBosch, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Wayne Weber, Dean, College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, University of Wisconsin–Platteville