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Friday Features - February 27, 2015

A group of 18 students from CAH Vilentum University of Applied Science in Dronten, the Netherlands, visited campus on Feb. 24. The UW-Platteville School of Agriculture hosted the visit. Read more...

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Friday Features - February 20, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm was host to the Returning to the Farm workshop Jan. 16-17 and Feb. 13-14. The event was sponsored by UW-Platteville, the UW Center for Dairy Profitability and the UW Cooperative Extension. Approximately 30 people representing 10 farm families attended the four-day event. Read more...

Animal science major steps outside of dairy comfort zone - February 17, 2015

Nicole Wallenhorst, a senior animal science major with a dairy emphasis at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from Cuba City, Wis., spent her winter break as an intern at the Forest Animal Rescue wild animal sanctuary in Silver Springs, Fla. Read more...

Friday Features - Pioneer Dairy Club hosts regional conference - February 6, 2015

The Pioneer Dairy Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently hosted the 2015 Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliated Division conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Read more...

Pioneer Spotlight: Cory Weigel - January 30, 2015

Cory Weigel is the dairy enterprise manager at the Pioneer Farm. He also teaches Dairy Cattle Evaluation and helps coach the dairy judging team for its events and competitions.   Read more...

Friday Features - January 23, 2015

This past weekend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy judging team traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the 2015 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest. Read more...

State approves multiple building projects for campus - January 15, 2015

The State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several projects throughout the University of Wisconsin System during its meeting on Jan. 14, including three projects on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.  The commission voted to allow the university to accept the gift in kind of the Swine Center.  Read more...

Students' locally grown food used in Dining Services - January 12, 2015

Growing our food locally and selling it right here in dining services so that we’re eating across campus is the perfect embodiment of sustainability,” said Amy Seeboth-Wilson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville sustainability coordinator. Watch the video to learn more about students’ work in the Pioneer Greenhouse and how it creates social, environmental and economic benefits across campus. Read more...

Reclamation students conduct frac sand mining research - December 23, 2014

Working with University of Wisconsin-Platteville students, Dr. Yari Johnson has conducted initial research in the field of industrial sand (“frac sand”) mine reclamation. Johnson is the director of reclamation, environment and conservation in the School of Agriculture. Students Amy Delyea-Petska and Samantha Alvarez were among the first to work on the project. Delyea-Petska first approached Johnson with the idea during an introductory reclamation course. Being from the Chippewa Valley area, she had previous interest in the fracing boom in Wisconsin. Read more...

Friday Features - December 19, 2014

Alicia Prill-Adams, assistant farm director of Pioneer Farm, had six students show beef calves from Pioneer Farm at the World Beef Expo recently. The students were responsible for halter breaking the calves and all the steps in preparation for the shows.  Read more...

Giebel earns trip to national discussion meet in San Diego - December 17, 2014

Ethan Giebel, a senior agricultural education major, recently took first place at the 95th annual Wisconsin Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, securing him a spot at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. in January. Read more...

Students attend FFA National Convention - December 16, 2014

A group of students attended the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. earlier this semester. The event was sponsored by a PACCE grant, which made it possible for students to attend without financial concerns. Read more...

Agriculture Education department honored with national award - December 15, 2014

Dr. Mark Zidon and Dr. Rick Bockhop, agricultural education professors, received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Cooperation award at the National Association of Agriculture Educators annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., in November. Read more...

Cooper Living and Learning Center to become residence hall - December 12, 2014

In the fall semester of 2015, the Cooper Living and Learning Center will become a residence hall and an agriculture specific LLC. Read more...

Friday Features: Pioneer Farm herd earns registry award- December 5, 2014

The Pioneer Farm dairy herd, managed by Cory Weigel, Pioneer Farm Dairy Enterprise manager, recently earned the 2014 Progressive Breeders Registry Award. As an award winner, the herd has achieved the high standards of both production and type, based on a variety of factors. This is the first time the Pioneer Farm dairy herd has won the award. The Pioneer Farm herd was the only registered herd in Lafayette County to win the award this year. The Holstein Association USA Inc. sponsors the award.

Crops team qualifies for international competition in Australia - December 3, 2014

In competition Nov. 18 and 22, the UW-Platteville crops team placed second in both the Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago, Ill., National Collegiate Crops contests. Read more...

Friday Features: Dairy judging team competes at NAILE - November 14, 2014

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Dairy Judging Team competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 9.  Read more...

Agriculture students travel to Romania - November 11, 2014

Earlier this year, 10 students pursuing degrees in agriculture from UW-Platteville traveled to Romania on a short-term study abroad program. Entitled Agriculture in Romania: Past, Present, Future, the trip allowed students to review where the eastern European nation of Romania has been and where it is going into the future. Read more...

Friday Features: Pioneer Dairy Club hosts 32nd annual consignment sale - October 31, 2014

The Pioneer Dairy Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted its 32nd annual Pioneer Dairy Classic consignment sale at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Wis., Saturday, Oct. 18.  Read more...

Friday Features: UW-Platteville team takes first place at World Dairy Expo - October 10, 2014

Dairy Expo TeamThe University of Wisconsin-Platteville Dairy Judging Team received top honors at the World Dairy Expo, Sept. 28 and 29.  Read more...

School of Agriculture celebrates 100 years - October 7, 2014

As the School of Agriculture embarks on its 100th year, it celebrates a century of providing diverse programs and enriching opportunities to prepare students for a dynamic and growing job market, and recognizes the contributions and innovations alumni are bringing to the field of agriculture. Read more...

Horticulture students get lesson in tree climbing - September 29, 2014

Students in a UW-Platteville Landscape Management course recently got a lesson in tree climbing. Read more...

School of Agriculture hosts first Internship Night - September 25, 2014

Students taking part in the School of Agriculture internship program had an opportunity to present on their experience during the first annual internship night. Read more...

Agricultural education majors receive national recognition - September 24, 2014

Two agricultural education majors at UW-Platteville were recognized with scholarships from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Read more...

Friday Features: Two teams compete at Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest - September 19, 2014

On Sept. 14, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville took two dairy judging teams to the 21st annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wis. The two teams were Team Orange and Team Blue, with Team Orange consisting of Brooks Hendrickson, Natalie Schleicher, Allison Quick and Mackenzie Sarbacker. Members of Team Blue were Carissa Tolzman, Rachel Gilson, Felicia Bohn and Alana Voss. Read more...

Reclamation students enhance Rountree Branch Trail - August 4, 2014

Dr. Yari Johnson, assistant professor and director of reclamation, environment and conservation in the School of Agriculture, and his students, partnered with the Platteville Community Arboretum to plant native vegetation near the trail behind Menard’s. Read more...

Soil judging team members place first internationally - July 1, 2014

Representatives from UW-Platteville took first place at the recent inaugural International Soil Judging Contest. Twelve teams from 10 countries competed at the contest, held on Jeju Island, South Korea. Read more...

Friday Features: UW-Platteville to host Pioneer Showdown - May 9, 2014

The Block and Bridle Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is hosting the Pioneer Showdown at the Grant County Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more...

Students take honors at National Soils Contest - May 5, 2014

The UW-Platteville Collegiate Soils Team recently competed in two national contests in Pennsylvania and Missouri. Read more...

Friday Featrues: Students attend National Collegiate Landscaping Competition - April 18, 2014

Thirteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students attended the National Collegiate Landscaping Competition, Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days in Fort Collins, Colo. The competition held 28 competitive events and a career fair, all centered on horticulture. Read more...

Robot stimulates research at Pioneer Farm - April 4, 2014

Recently, the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm received a robotic feed pusher to use in conjunction with an undergraduate research study conducted with Vita Plus. Kary Babb, a senior animal science major, is conducting research to determine the impact a robotic feed pusher has on feed intake and milk production. Read more...

Friday Features: Rathke named a finalist for 'Alice in Dairyland' post - April 4, 2014

Whitney Rathke, a 2011 agribusiness graduate, is one of six finalists for the statewide Alice in Dairyland position.

At UW-Platteville, she held leadership roles in Sigma Alpha and was a School of Agriculture teaching assistant. After graduation, Rathke served two year-long terms as an AmeriCorps/VISTA member with UW-Extension Dodge County.  She served as the 2007 Ozaukee County Fairest of the Fair. Read more...

Friday Features: Steiner named Outstanding Academic Advisor for BILSA - March 7, 2014

Dr. Charles SteinerDr. Charles Steiner, assistant professor of agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the recipient of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for 2013. Read more...

Ambrosy develops business through Launch Lab - March 7, 2014

As an alumnus of UW-Platteville, Becky Ambrosy took advantage of the Pioneer Launch Lab as a way to gain tools for starting her massage therapy business. The Pioneer Launch Lab is an entrepreneurial setting providing an environment for students, recent alumni and faculty for the development of their business ideas. It is intended for those who may have a creative concept or for those who are already operating a business, but want to expand and take it to the next level. Read more...

Friday Features: Four attend grant conference in Washington, D.C. - February 28, 2014

Four University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members recently attended the Grant Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is a forum for research and sponsored program officers, senior administrators and faculty to connect with funders, area experts and colleagues from across the country. The UW-Platteville attendees included Aric Dutelle, interim director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Dr. Evan Larson, assistant professor of geography; Dr. Matt Atkins, assistant professor of animal science; and Dr. Chris Baxter, associate professor of soil and crop science. The conference included sessions on federal program and policy leaders, mock panel review sessions and details on upcoming competitions from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, among other agencies. Read more...

 

Giebel first in Wisconsin to win national discussion meet - February 20, 2014

University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Ethan Giebel, a junior agriculture education major from Lyndon Station, Wis., recently won the 2014 National Collegiate Discussion Meet in Virginia Beach, Va. This contest was held in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference. Read more...

Friday Features - January 24, 2014

The first ever Friday Features includes an article about the UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team! Read more...

UW-Madison chancellor talks collaboration at Pioneer Farm - January 10, 2014

University of Wisconsin-Platteville officials hosted University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank on Jan. 9 at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm. The theme for the day was collaboration. Read more...

Miller selected as Lifetime Pioneer - January 9, 2014

Matt Miller, a fall 2013 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been selected as a Lifetime Pioneer. The designation was made by the UW-Platteville Alumni Association, which annually recognizes outstanding graduates by awarding them life membership in the association, currently a $400 value. Read more...

Zidon honored as Friend of Expo by World Dairy Expo - December 20, 2013

Earlier this month, Dr. Mark Zidon, professor of agricultural education at UW-Platteville, was one of five individuals recognized by World Dairy Expo as a Friend of Expo. The individuals were honored for their outstanding service supporting World Dairy Expo. Read more...

Crops team takes second place at national competition – December 12, 2013

Recently, the UW-Platteville collegiate crops team placed second in both the Kansas City, Kan., and Chicago, Ill., collegiate crops contests. The UW-Platteville team has placed second in these contests 25 times and first on 10 occasions. Read more...

Dairy judging team places at national contest – December 5, 2013

In November, four members of the UW-Platteville dairy judging team traveled to Louisville, Ky., to the North American Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest, where individuals from the team ranked in the top tier of participants in several classes. Read more...

FFA members earn prestigious American Degree – December 4, 2013

Fifteen students from UW-Platteville have earned their American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. Read more...

Krull earns top honors at World Dairy Expo – December 3, 2013

At the 2013 World Dairy Expo, UW-Platteville sophomore animal science and agri-business major from Lake Mills, Wis., Cassy Krull was awarded the Merle Howard Award, which is given to the top junior exhibitor at World Dairy Expo. Read more...

UW-Platteville student one of eight selected nationally to attend irrigation conference – November 18, 2013

Kevin Hartenberger, a senior from Rockford, Ill., majoring in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was selected to attend the Irrigation Association Conference. The conference, held in Austin, Texas, was held Nov. 4-8.  Read more...

Students volunteer at Platteville Community Arboretum – November 18, 2013

The Platteville Community Arboretum recently received a helping hand from students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Fourteen members of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at UW-Platteville worked to cut brush and remove dead trees near walking paths in the arboretum. Read more...

Lebanese student studying agribusiness at UW-Platteville – November 15, 2013

The Elizabeth Summers International Fellowship Fund is offered through the Education Abroad Office at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Summers’ parents emigrated to Southwest Wisconsin from Lebanon. Two of her siblings attended the Wisconsin Institute of Technology, which later became UW-Platteville. Summers saw the opportunity to create a program that exposed students to different cultures. She generously left funds from her estate to establish the exchange program at UW-Platteville. Read more...

Going once, going twice, sold! UW-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club host’s annual consignment sale – November 4, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club hosted its 31st annual Pioneer Dairy Classic on Saturday, Oct. 26. at the Grant County Fairgrounds.  Throughout the summer, students visit local farmers to ask if they would like to sell cattle in the consignment sale. The Dairy Club receives a commission for selling the cattle and the rest of the profit goes to the owner. Animals could be dropped off on Wednesday or Thursday the week of the sale.  Read more...

Murphy gains work experience at Pioneer Farm – October 29, 2013

“Students at the Pioneer farm are what make the operation run day to day,” said Cory Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm dairy enterprise manager.  “Employment at the Pioneer Farm is a great opportunity for students to work on a farm and to learn about production agriculture.” Michael Murphy, a graduating senior from Winnebago, Ill., has been an employee at the farm for two years. Read more...

Collegiate soils team advances to national competition  October 24, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville participated in the Students in Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Region III Collegiate Soils competition Oct. 9-12. The contest was hosted by UW-Stevens Point and held in the Stevens Point area. Approximately 60 students from six universities participated in the competition. Read more...

Dairy judging team attends first contest of the year October 2, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy judging team competed in its first contest of the year, the Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest, on Sept. 15 in Viroqua, Wis.

The team, finishing seventh out of 15 teams overall, consisted of senior animal science major Kami Schuler from Platteville, junior animal science major Tess Zettle from Juda, Wis., senior animal science major Angie Stier from Kiel, Wis. and sophomore agribusiness major Brock Kasten from Brillion, Wis. The team also placed fifth in the Milking Shorthorn breed, and Zettle brought home third place in the Guernsey breed and fourth place individual overall. Read more...

Alpha Gamma Rho hosts annual AgFest at UW-Platteville – September 30, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Beta Gamma chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity hosted UW-Platteville’s annual AgFest on Sept. 10 to get students involved with clubs and organizations in the field of Agriculture. Approximately 245 students and faculty participated in the event. Read more... 

College of BILSA announces award winners September 5, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture officials have selected recipients for the college’s annual awards. Tom and Renée Sigwarth, owners of Country Kitchen and Dairy Queen in Platteville, were selected for the Friend of the College Award; Gloria Stuckey was selected for the Distinguished Employee Award; Wendy Stankovich was selected for the Outstanding Employee Award, and Chris Baxter was selected for the Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award. Read more...

UW-Platteville to host North Central American Association of Agricultural Education research conference  September 4, 2013

UW-Platteville will host the North Central American Association of Agricultural Education research conference Thursday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept. 21. Faculty and graduate students from several universities throughout the central and northeast region of the United States are expected to attend. Read more...

Sunflower Solution proj​ect takes root – August 27, 2013

A partnership between UW-Platteville and UW Extension, utilizing the benefits of sunflowers, may have a bright future. On June 4, 6.7 acres of sunflower seeds were planted in a field west of the Platteville Menards store. A group of approximately 50 curious onlookers attended a field day Aug. 26 to learn more about the Sunflower Solution project and to check the status of the sunflowers. Read more... 

Field day planned for UW-Platteville sunflower project  August 19, 2013

To promote crop diversification, enhance biodiversity and keep food sourcing local, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is growing six acres of sunflowers just west of the Platteville Menards store this summer. Hearty plants that produce a high-value cooking oil and dairy feed bi-product, sunflowers do well in Southwest Wisconsin. Read more...

UW-Platteville student nominated for UW​S Board of Regents – August 16, 2013

Gov. Scott Walker announced today the appointment of Chad Landes to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. Landes will be replacing Katie Pointer, whose term expired on May 1. Read more...

Students gain hands-on experience mana​ging garden – August 13, 2013

A garden outside of the Markee Pioneer Student Center not only serves the purpose of aesthetic appeal, but also provides vegetables for dining services and hands-on experience for students in the School of Agriculture. Read more...

UW-Platteville experts discuss status of area crops and effects of heat on livestock – July 18, 2013

According to Dr. Chris Baxter, associate professor of soil and crop science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the crops outlook this summer is markedly better than in 2012. “Crops look really good in this area compared with last year,” he said.  Read more...

Agriculture student researches impact of minin​g on wild rice in Minnesota lakes – July 11, 2013

What is causing the wild rice in Minnesota’s lakes to die?

Giselle Varrientos, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville junior soil and crop science major with an emphasis in plant breeding and genetics from Kenosha, Wis., is conducting research to try to find the answer. Read more...

Kinwa-Muzinga earns Outstanding Agriculture ​Faculty Award – July 3, 2013

Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, professor in the School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was selected as the 2012-13 Outstanding Faculty Member in the School of Agriculture. This is the second time she has been selected for this award; she previously earned the award in 2005.  Read more...

Steiner named director of Pio​neer Farm – June 26, 2013

Dr. Charles Steiner has been named the director of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm. He has been serving as interim director since 2011. Read more...

Student interns at Augusta Nati​onal Golf Club – June 17, 2013

Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., has a reputation for quality golfing and greenery as it hosts the Masters Tournament every year, which is one of four major championships in professional golf. University of Wisconsin-Platteville student, Kevin Hartenberger, a senior ornamental horticulture major from Rockford, Ill., recently finished his internship at Augusta National Golf Club course, the same course on which professional golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have played. Read more...

CHS Foundation awards $10,000 grant ​to UW-Platteville – June 14, 2013

Fifteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students received a $10,000 grant from Cenex Harvest States to offset the cost of their trip to the Netherlands through the Agriculture and Cultural Exchange. Read more...

Outstanding student employees s​elected – May 20, 2013

For University of Wisconsin-Platteville students, learning can take on various forms throughout their academic career. In addition to gaining knowledge in the classroom, many students take on the added responsibility of working on campus. Read more...

Primmer receives WDPA​ scholarship – May 17, 2013

Aleda Primmer, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has recently been awarded the 2013 Wisconsin Dairy Products Association Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving student pursuing a career in the dairy industry. Primmer will receive her scholarship at the WDPA World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest auction on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Read more...

UW-Platteville NAMA ranks in top six at national competition – May 8, 2013

UW-Platteville hosts National Collegiate Soils Contest – May 1, 2013

UW-Platteville agriculture degrees grow in popularity – April 5, 2013

UW-Platteville to host 53rd annual National Collegiate Soils Contest – April 3, 2013

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