Agriculture & Dairy

FilaMilk product flier

Pioneers attend National Agri-Marketing Association student competition

Authored on: Jun 06, 2022, Written by: Kim Van Donsel, School of Agriculture
The National Agri-Marketing Association Club traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the National Agri-Marketing Student Competition, where they presented their pitch for an agricultural product, FilaMilk, not yet on the market.

From left to right are Hannah Lemke and Kimberly Van Donsel.

School of Agriculture students present research posters at UW System Symposium

Authored on: May 05, 2022, Written by: Dr. Kishore Joseph
Two students from the School of Agriculture, Kimberly Van Donsel and Hannah Lemke, presented research posters at the University of Wisconsin System Symposium at UW-Whitewater last month. 

UW-Platteville Soils Team

UW-Platteville places third in national soils contest, Nollen qualifies for Team USA

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Dr. Chris Baxter
The Collegiate Soils Team competed in the 60th Soil Science Society of America National Collegiate Soils Contest April 18-23, where they took home third place overall. Isaac Nollen placed in the top four and was chosen to be part of a four-member team representing the United States at the International Soils Competition in Scotland in June.

Liz Rehberg

Rehberg excels at Corteva Agriscience, UW-Platteville’s newest corporate sponsor

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
Growing up on a small dairy farm in Northeast Wisconsin, Liz Rehberg, a 2010 graduate, always knew she would be involved in agriculture. Now, in her eighth year with Pioneer, Corteva Agriscience’s flagship seed brand, she has found her own way to help farmers.

Students in NACTA competition

Students compete in national agriculture judging contest

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Dr. Kishore Joseph
Four members of the Agribusiness Club at UW-Platteville recently participated in the 2022 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference in North Platte, Nebraska.

Olivia Kozlowska

Student researchers explore solutions for phosphorous run-off

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
Phosphorous concentrations are at an almost dangerously high level in Wisconsin, says senior Olivia Kozlowska – an environmental engineering major from Chicago, Illinois – and it’s a problem she hopes her research will address. Kozlowska will present her project, “Evaluation of Filter Media for Phosphorous Removal Systems” at next month’s annual Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dairy Judging Team

UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team wins big in Texas

Authored on: Jan 01, 2022, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
UW-Platteville's Dairy Judging Team traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest, held on Jan. 16, where they took home top honors.

Student conducts feeding trial

Students conduct feeding trials to explore use for hazelnuts, donate to local food pantries

Authored on: Dec 12, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
A group of animal science students spent a portion of this semester designing and conducting a feeding trial in broiler chickens, with the goal of helping Wisconsin growers better understand how to use and market hazelnuts. When the trial ends next week, they will donate the 60 processed chickens to local food pantries across the Driftless region.

Catalpa tree

Industry experts volunteer time to teach students, help save historic tree on campus

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
When a champion tree on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus was damaged in a storm last summer, faculty teamed up with an industry partner to turn the chance to save it into a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for students. 

Dr. Pete Lammers

UW-Platteville to contribute to $10 million #DiverseCornBelt project

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Pete Lammers, associate professor in the School of Agriculture, is contributing to a $10 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and led by Purdue University, to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient by diversifying farms, marketing and the agricultural landscape.

Collegiate Soils team

UW-Platteville wins Region 3 Soils Contest, Strobel takes top individual honors

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Dr. Chris Baxter

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Collegiate Soils Team took first place in the 64th annual Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest, held Oct. 5-8. The event was held in McLean and Tazewell counties in Illinois and was hosted by Illinois State University.


REC major prescribed burn

REC major brings diverse job opportunities, alumni reflect on program and industry experiences

Authored on: Sep 09, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Reclamation, environment and conservation (REC) is a growing field continuing to bring professional opportunities to UW-Platteville students. The REC program is led by Dr.


Pioneer Farm

Dairy Innovation Hub funds second round of research grants

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded six faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.


Caitlin Warren

Newest 3+1 program benefits students pursuing veterinary school

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Caitlin Warren had a plan to become a veterinarian from a young age, and now having just completed her junior year at UW-Platteville, she is enrolling in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at UW-Madison this fall, thanks to a new articulation program created by UW-Platteville. 

Lely Robot

Robotic milkers bring new opportunities for research, outreach and education

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville's Pioneer Farm is now home to two new state-of-the-art robotic milkers, enabling more opportunities for research and engagement across campus and the tri-state region.

Dairy Lab

Compeer Financial grants $10,000 to UW-Platteville Dairy Pilot Plant at Pioneer Farm

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
UW-Platteville is one step closer to launching the new Dairy Pilot Plant, thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from Compeer Financial. The proposed plant, which will be located at Pioneer Farm, will provide research and education on dairy food product development while also giving students an opportunity to learn about rural economic development, entrepreneurship and sustainability. 

Microbiology Lab

Support from the Growmark Foundation enhances hands-on learning for students

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Krista Hardyman, associate professor of animal science, was awarded $1,500 from the Glenn Webb Education Fund/The Growmark Foundation, which assisted in delivering a quality experience to students who completed coursework virtually this year.

Kaylee Finseth

Undergrads team up to unravel the molecular basis of plant-microbe symbioses

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Often reserved for upperclass students at many universities, research has been a part of Kaylee Finseth’s college experience since nearly the time she first stepped foot on campus at UW-Platteville. Now a junior, Finseth has been engaged in several research projects involving plant-microbe symbioses for the past three years. 

Roth Family

A love of dairy brings families together

Authored on: Feb 02, 2021, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Alumni TJ and Katie Roth are partners in Banner Ridge Farms LLC, and witness, firsthand, the benefits the new Dairy Innovation Hub is bringing to the region.

Junior and environmental engineering major Victoria Chanez runs a viscometer test as part of a rheology research project with the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Researchers look for a taste of success

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Wisconsin is known worldwide for its dairy products, and ice cream is an almost universal favorite. Yet what we love about it can often be hard to describe. Now, mechanical engineering professors Dr. Thomas Zolper and Dr. Bidhan Roy are looking at the science behind one of the world’s most popular treats as part of their research for the UW-Platteville Dairy Innovation Hub.

Ryan Weigel and his family with their prize winning cow, Altitude, which Weigel and partners purchased at the Pioneer Dairy Club Classic in 2000.

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Weigel

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Throughout his career, Ryan Weigel has felt the influence of UW-Platteville. From the time he graduated as an animal science major, to his own role as an educator today, Weigel acknowledges the friends, family and mentors that have helped him along the way.

Kaley Mumma during her 2019 internship growing tomatoes on roof of Glenview Commons.

Mumma presents research marking 19th amendment anniversary

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Kaley Mumma, a senior from Byron, Illinois, was selected to present at the 2020 Red River Women’s Studies Conference, hosted by North Dakota State University last week. The conference’s theme, “Imperfect History,” marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Dr. Heather White, associate professor in the UW–Madison Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and faculty director of the Hub

Dairy Innovation Hub releases first annual report

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
The Dairy Innovation Hub has released its first annual report that reflects progress and activities from initial funding approval by the Wisconsin Legislature in early October 2019 through June 2020.

Joseph Creanza

Student takes top prize in state research competition

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Joseph Creanza, a junior soil and crop science major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, scored first place at the recent 2020 Student Research and Innovation Showcase for his project, “Plant Essential Oils as Natural and Safe Pesticides for the Control of Soybean White Mold Disease.”

Pioneer Farm

State-funded Dairy Innovation Hub hires first faculty members

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
Ryan Pralle and Joseph Sanford have been hired as faculty members by the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture, representing the first tenure-track faculty positions funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Tera Montgomery

Montgomery honored with Woman of the Year Award

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Tera Montgomery, professor of dairy and animal science at UW-Platteville, was selected for the 2020 Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award.

cows at district show

Pioneer Farm cow takes grand champion at district show

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm took home the top honor of grand champion for its four-year-old cow Wiscit Defiant Maya at the Wisconsin District 3 Show in Lancaster, Wisconsin, on June 19. Registered dairy producers from Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland and Crawford counties participated in the competition, which featured 187 cows.

Dairy Innovation Hub Fellowships

Faculty fellowships funded by state-sponsored Dairy Innovation Hub

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded seven faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.

Dr. Kevin Bernhardt

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Kevin Bernhardt

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
As a professor of agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a UW-Extension farm management specialist, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt helps make an impact on both the current and future generations of the local agriculture industry.

Krista Eiseman

Pioneer Spotlight: Krista Eiseman

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Krista Eiseman has been interested in the field of animal science from a young age. While attending UW-Platteville, she developed a particular interest in meat science. After earning her master's degree from North Dakota State University, where she studied meat science and muscle biology, she returned to UW-Platteville as an assistant professor of animal science in 2017.

Adam Mairs in distillery

Soil and crop science major trades field work for hand sanitizer production

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
In early March, UW-Plattteville soil and crop science major Adam Mairs had been looking forward to spring break and working as the farm manager at Kennay Farms in Rochelle, Illinois. But when the COVID-19 pandemic forced students off campus and into alternative learning methods, Mairs had to shift his plans, fast. His employer opened a distillery about eight months ago, and seeing a need in their community, the staff converted the distillery to producing hand sanitizer.

Lucie Kadjo

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Lucie Kadjo

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Garrison Ledbury
Dr. Lucie Kadjo came to UW-Platteville in 2016. As an assistant professor of agribusiness in the School of Agriculture, Kadjo has spent the last four years promoting the importance of learning throughout an individual’s life – not just during a person’s time as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Crops Team

UW-Platteville Crops Team places second in nationals

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Roger Higgs
The UW-Platteville Crops Team recently placed second in both the Kansas City (86th annual) and Chicago (91st annual) Collegiate Crops Contests.

Tera Montgomery

Grant supports opening of Dairy Pilot Plant, student-run business

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Ice cream will soon be the next product made and sold by students on the UW-Platteville campus. A recent grant from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America will support the opening of UW-Platteville’s Dairy Pilot Plant and the creation of a student-run ice cream production business.

Hearts of Glass

Screening of award-winning documentary to explore themes of innovation, inclusivity

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville will present a screening of the award-winning documentary “Hearts of Glass,” followed by a discussion with the film director and producer, Jennifer Tennican, on Thursday, Dec. 5. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Room 103, Doudna Hall from 4-6 p.m.

Crops team

Crops team wins Upper Midwest Regional

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Roger Higgs

The UW-Platteville Crops Team won the Upper Midwest Regional contest on Oct. 26. Host UW-Platteville placed first over University of Minnesota-Crookston (second), South Dakota State (third) and UW-Madison (fourth).


Soils team

Collegiate Soils Team takes top honors at recent competition

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Dr. Chris Baxter

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Collegiate Soils Team competed in the 63rd annual Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest Oct. 9–12. The event was held in Portage County, Wisconsin, and was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Representatives on a farm

UW Dairy Innovation Hub seeks solutions to challenges facing Wisconsin dairy industry

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: UW System
From improving human nutrition to assuring clean water to growing the farm economy while caring for animals, the Dairy Innovation Hub will harness the intellectual and creative power of three University of Wisconsin institutions to address the most complex challenges facing the state’s dairy industry.

All-American Contest held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Pioneers place high in dairy judging competitions

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Garrison Ledbury
Students of the UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team excelled in three recent competitions.

Brewers interns

UW-Platteville students make a big hit at Miller Park

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
As Brewers fans make their way into Miller Park to watch their favorite player run out onto the field, they’ll notice the work created by three UW-Platteville students who interned with the Milwaukee Brewers ground crew. Together they experienced what it takes to uphold one of the best stadiums in major league baseball.

Hydroponics Open House

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for new hydroponics student-managed business

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Beginning this year, students will have access to fresh lettuce, grown on campus year-round through a new hydroponics student-managed business. Located in Glenview Commons, the 1,500-square-foot hydroponics space, built and operated solely by students, will supply nearly all lettuce used by UW-Platteville Dining Services.

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.