In the far northwestern corner of Wisconsin, you’ll find UW’s Spooner Agricultural Research Station (ARS). Specializing in agronomy and horticulture, the Spooner ARS staff serve local farmers, growers, and gardeners through education and outreach. And they’ve been doing this for a long time. Established in 1909, Spooner is the university’s first agricultural research station. Now, thanks to a $750,000 anonymous donation, their long-standing efforts will be getting a big boost.
The Impact of Gifts
A former Food Research Institute (FRI) scientist and his family have bestowed CALS with a gift that will offer long-lasting support for graduate students as they work toward new discoveries.
On a typical morning at Doorco Holsteins in Brussels, Wisconsin, Austin Vandertie BSx’22 would be helping his parents milk the 40-cow herd, feed calves, spread manure, or harvest crops on an expanse of land farmed by three generations of his family before him.
On the heels of the 2018 Harvest of Ideas — a two-day forum designed to explore how the University of Wisconsin–Madison can advance organic agriculture — the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences received a significant gift to support graduate students, outreach and communications in organic agriculture.
More than two dozen high school students from Chicago area high schools participated in the 2019 CALS Agricultural Experience, an immersive visit to the college and UW–Madison campus, April 11-13.
Due to the unforeseen hardships brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Renk Agribusiness Institute awarded 9 scholarships to assist students in the continuation of their studies at UW-Madison this fall.
Each year, the Renk Agribusiness Institute awards scholarships to undergraduates majoring in Agricultural Business Management (ABM), Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAE), or pursuing the certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences.
At CALS, we have the good fortune to be able to offer a number of college and departmental professorships and chairships.