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Wisconsin School For Beginning Dairy Farmers

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers” Grass-based Dairy Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers its students much more than a unique learning environment. It offers them opportunities to meet with Wisconsin”s working farmers at professional conferences.

Two upcoming events, the Wisconsin Grazing Conference in Wausau and the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Conference in Madison, offer excellent opportunities to network with farmers and to learn more about the school.

Dick Cates, the coordinator of the WSBDF will take the 20 students currently enrolled in the school”s Grass-Based Dairy Seminar to the Wisconsin Grazing Conference, which will run from Sunday, February 25, through Tuesday, February 27, at the Marriott Hotel in Wausau.

“Some of the students will end up doing internships on some of these farms,” Cates said in a recent radio interview.

Cates will provide literature about the Wisconsin school, and you can also see lectures recorded on CDs, just as they appear on the Internet, at the Grazing Conference.

“Streaming video over the Internet is one of the major components of our class,” Cates said. “We run the Internet as well as the classroom portion.”

The WSBDF group will also be at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Conference, Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 at Madison”s Alliant Energy Center. The PDPW was developed by a group of Wisconsin dairy producers in 1992 to “share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed,” according to their mission statement.

The conference will cover a variety of subjects including e-commerce, people-oriented management, financial advice, and media training.

For general information about the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers, contact Kathy Martin-Taylor at (608) 262-5200. For more specific information about student eligibility, scholarships, and distance education, contact Dick Cates at (608) 265-6437 or (608) 588-2836. You can also find more information though the schools website at

WSBDF applications are due April 1, to receive full scholarship consideration for next year”s class, which begins mid-November 2001.

For information about the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, call (800) 947-7379 or (414) 644-0855. You can also find more information on their website at