Falcons Forward!
We are thrilled to have our students back face-to-face in the classrooms and laboratories, taking field trips, going to intercollegiate competitions and hosting events.
Celebrating National Teach
Ag Day
Class in the newly renovated physiology laboratory
Conservation student workday at the Farm Forest
Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Boetel, Professor of Agricultural Economics, named the UWRF 2021 Adviser of the Year! Brenda joins three of her former department colleagues in receiving this award which was established in 2000 – Drs. Stan Schraufnagel (2002), Nate Splett (2005) and Dave Trechter (2017). One alumnus nominator wrote: "I have never been that invested in my academics but since meeting Dr. Boetel she inspired me to take ownership in my education and find the value in it. Opening my eyes to the opportunities in front of me and again inspiring me from her passion in what she does.”
Congratulations to Dr. Natasha Rayne, Associate Professor of Soil Science and a recipient of the 2021 UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award! The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award was created in 1994 to honor women of color from around the state for their leadership in making significant and lasting contributions to their campuses, their communities, or both. This award goes to one individual from each campus annually. She will be formally recognized at the November Board of Regents meeting. Natasha joined the UWRF faculty in 2014 after completing her PhD at Oklahoma State University.
The Annual Donate for a Difference is Thursday, November 4th.
Our intercollegiate teams are traveling again, our clubs are hosting events, and in early November the first group of students in many months will travel to a professional meeting and share the results of their projects in poster and oral presentations. As we’ve done in the past, all donations through Donate for a Difference will be used to directly support the students in these efforts. Please know that your donations alone are not expected to fully support these opportunities outside the classroom, the College provides partial financial support and the students themselves are expected to pay a portion of their expenses.

Donate for a Difference on Thursday, Nov 4 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Contribute during the noon Power Hour and help us meet the matching fund challenge to capture an additional $4000. Email us for a Power Hour reminder! Every donation of $50 or more that day will be entered into a drawing for Packer-Viking game tickets!
With support from the Western Wisconsin Conservation Council, Dr. Veronica Justen, hosted a Field Day featuring her cover crop research being supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub..
Dairy Innovation Hub
The Dairy Innovation Hub activity is ramping up with the completion of the first year of full funding. Three new faculty joined UWRF this fall and we have 9 active Faculty Fellowship research projects. You can learn more about the work taking place and meet the new faculty when you join us for the 2nd Annual Dairy Summit – an all virtual event on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  The Summit features brief previews of the newest projects just underway, a roundtable introducing all 7 new Hub faculty hired across the System, and a farmer panel focusing on the Hub impacts. View the detailed agenda and register for the Dairy Summit.

On Thursday, November 18, 2021 the Dairy Symposium features advanced stage research projects from all 3 campuses. The Symposium is both in-person and live-streamed, allowing you the option of choosing how to participate. View the details and register for the Dairy Symposium.
Upcoming Events
Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
Join us in Madison for an alumni gathering at the Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic. We will meet in the Michigan room of the Clarion Suites at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11.
Alumni News n' Notes
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WI-DATCP asked and we delivered!
Dairy Pilot Plant staff made a small batch of ginseng cranberry ice cream for a dinner honoring Taiwan's representative to the U.S., Bi-khim Hsiao. Many don't know Wisconsin is the top producer of cultivated ginseng in the U.S. and exports over $19M of ginseng each year. Watch for 18k Ruby to debut at Freddy's Dairy Bar in 2022!
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