CHS Foundation awards $10,000 grant to UW-Platteville

June 14, 2013
UW-Platteville students explored the famous windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — 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.

UW-Platteville students and Dr. Donita Cartmill, assistant professor of ornamental horticulture, and Dr. James Hampton, assistant professor of animal science in the School of Agriculture at UW-Platteville, traveled to the Netherlands May 19-30. “The trip went very well. I think the students learned quite a bit,” said Cartmill. “We got to see several different aspects of agriculture, including livestock, horticulture, and soil and crops.”

They interacted with students and faculty at CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences, an agriculture university located in the city of Dronten, centrally located in the Netherlands. They also toured different agricultural production systems such as fruit and dairy farms and flowerbeds.

“Much planning and preparation is required of our instructors before international activities such as this excursion to the Netherlands can happen,” said Dr. Michael Compton, director of UW-Platteville’s School of Agriculture. “I greatly appreciate the efforts of Dr. Cartmill and Dr. Hampton, as well as the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office, to make this high impact experience available to our students."

CHS Inc. has assisted UW-Platteville by providing grants to other groups such as the short-term faculty-led study abroad program, Agriculture and Women’s Livelihoods in Ghana, Africa trip.

“These types of international programs are outstanding learning opportunities where students not only learn about different cultures, but how the cultural context influences their areas of study, in this case, agriculture. Further, the incredibly generous contributions from CHS help make these opportunities happen,” said Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of the college of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. “I echo the appreciation for the efforts of Drs. Cartmill and Hampton along with the Study Abroad office. Without the dedication of these individuals, this type of opportunity would not exist.”

Cenex is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions for insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

“Anytime we can assist students in attaining experience in international culture, we should,” said Dr. Thomas Lindahl, former dean of the college of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, and director of development. “This grant aids students with that experience. It’s important for students to implement what they have learned and have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and abilities. It is important to benefit and assist others in this global economy.”

Anna Lesch, a senior animal science major from Papineau, Ill.; Emily Schlein, a junior agricultural business major from Monona, Iowa; Bethany Meyer, a junior animal science major from Reedsburg, Wis.; Mikayla Horstman, a sophomore soil and crop science major from Bangor, Wis.; Rachael Knickmeier, a senior agricultural business major from Stoughton, Wis.; Cassandra Blatz, a senior ornamental horticulture major from New Holstein, Wis.; Kayla Steffel, a senior animal science major from Oconto Falls, Wis.; Lucas VanEgtern, a senior agricultural business major from Waupun, Wis.; Peter Woehlck, a senior animal science major from Waukesha, Wis.; Jennifer Young, a sophomore reclamation and environmental conservation major from Robbinsdale, Minn.; Stefanie Newhouse, a junior animal science major from Hudson, Iowa; Nicole Vlasak, a junior animal science major from New Lisbon, Wis.; Allison Preuss, a senior animal science major from Elroy, Wis.; Darcy Steffes, a senior animal science major from Elizabeth, Ill., and Chelsy Gilson, a senior animal science major from Monticello, Wis., traveled to the Netherlands.

“Doing a short-term study abroad in the Netherlands broadened my horizon in cultural experience and provided another perspective in the agriculture around the world,” said VanEgtern.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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