Agriculture & Dairy

Students holding pigs

$250,000 swine education fund gift will enhance student experience

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Charles Heidenreich first left his mark on UW-Platteville when he joined the university in 1966 to teach and help grow Pioneer Farm. Now, more than half a century later, his impact on the university’s agriculture programs is continuing to grow thanks to a $250,000 endowed gift.

Kaley Mumma working in Glenview Commons rooftop garden

Community-agriculture partnerships at root of new internship

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

From working with greenhouses and small businesses to vendors at the farmer’s market, Kaley Mumma’s summer internship is providing a variety of experiences, all grounded in the same goal: to build stronger relationships among the community and local green businesses and food producers. 


Maddy Gwidt, a sophomore dairy science major from Pulaski, Wisconsin, showed two heifers and two cows.

Students find success showing cattle at district show

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Maddy Gwidt, a sophomore dairy science major from Pulaski, Wisconsin, showed two heifers and two cows. The highest ranking was earned by a cow in the Senior 3-Year-Old class, which ranked second in its class and went on to receive the title of Reserve Intermediate Champion, as well as Honorable Mention Grand Champion of the show.

Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran and his student researchers collect soil samples for prairie soil microbiome project.

Venkateshwaran receives prestigious NSF-CAREER award

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Venkateshwaran’s research focuses on the symbiotic associations that exist between plants and microbes, such as rhizobia, a soil bacteria that associates with legumes to form root nodules, inside which the rhizobia fixes atmospheric nitrogen that is then used by the legume plant.

Dairy Hub Classes

Dairy Innovation Hub moves closer to reality

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The proposed Dairy Innovation Hub bill moved two steps closer to reality this week when the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate both passed the proposal that the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance originally recommended in the 2019-21 state budget. The budget now goes before Gov. Tony Evers.


Caroline Sawyer

School of Ag helps Sawyer pursue interest in water buffalo

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

Recent graduate Caroline Sawyer had the opportunity to take what she learned in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Dairy Science program and apply it to a lesser-known animal – the water buffalo.


Students at a dairy farm

Dairy program would grow under new bill

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy program would grow significantly under a proposed University of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub bill introduced this week to the state legislature.


Thomas Lehmann, Alex Ferrari, Mason Sinda, Dr. Peter Ostrum, Sierra Evans, Maegan Kruescher, Stephanie Frey, Savanah Crews and Brenna Diehl.

Symposium offers pre-vet students chance to grow

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Dr. Krista Hardyman

The Pre-Veterinary Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently attended the annual American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association Symposium at Pennsylvania State University, where students had the opportunity to attend various lectures and wet labs related to veterinary medicine, as well as meet and talk with specific veterinary colleg


Dr. Lucie Kadjo, Amalia Adrian, Justin Fox, Jordan Burns and Carlie Rademacher

Students hear from world’s most successful investors at Berkshire Hathaway

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

A “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity is how several University of Wisconsin-Platteville students described their recent trip to the annual Berkshire Hathaway investors meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.


UW-Platteville Agribusiness Team at NACTA with award

Agribusiness Club finds success in national competition

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Dr. Chuck Steiner

Four members of the Agribusiness Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently attended the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference in Murray, Kentucky. This national judging conference was hosted by Murray State University.


The collegiate soils “B” team competed in the North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture Student Judging Contest in Murray, Kentucky.

Students compete in two national soils competitions

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Dr. Chris Baxter

The collegiate soils team at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently competed in national contests in Kentucky and California.


Student with a horse at Pioneer Farm

Dairy program would grow under new bill

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The UW Dairy Innovation Hub was approved in the new state budget. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy program would grow significantly under a proposed University of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub bill introduced this week to the state legislature.


Dairy Challenge team

UW-Platteville team places fourth at Dairy Challenge

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Kristie Chipera

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Dairy Challenge Team recently placed fourth on their farm in the 2019 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, held in Tifton, Georgia. UW-Platteville was one of 44 universities competing in the event, totaling 240 students.


Seth Oren and David Hille

Student helps develop drone-based company

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Abbey Pignatari

Seth Oren, a junior agriculture and technology education major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has helped to expand a branch of the agriculture technology company Crop Search into his hometown of Edgerton, Wisconsin.


Esther Considine

Considine to present on factors influencing goat milk production

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: John Christensen

In her years growing up on her family’s farm near Portage, Wisconsin, Esther Considine, the fourth of 10 children, moved through many chores, from feeding chickens, to sheep, and then to goats. The farm’s 230 goats annually produce thousands of gallons of milk that is turned into goat cheese after being shipped to Illinois.


Holstein cow

Pioneer Farm receives multiple dairy awards

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm is being awarded for its cattle and quality of milk.


Agriculture students in New Zealand reviewing an elevation map

School of Agriculture students gain experience abroad

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Kristie Chipera

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Agriculture offered three new short-term education abroad programs over the winter break, which allow students to take a course taught abroad by one or more UW-Platteville faculty members.


Wisconsin Bankers Association event

School of Agriculture, Business collaborate to offer networking opportunities

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

At the recent Wisconsin Bankers Association’s open house, co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Agriculture and School of Business, students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about careers in community banking and agriculture lending.


Eva Birtell outside of NASA

Student designs Mars greenhouse concept for NASA

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Eva Birtell’s research on agricultural production systems is – literally – out of this world.