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Klingberg Fills New Discovery Farms Position

The Discovery Farms Program is pleased to announce a new addition to its Pigeon Falls staff. Kevan Klingberg has been hired to coordinate the Discovery Farms Agricultural Training Program.

The Agricultural Training Program, begun in 1995, is a nutrient management education program. Participating farmers learn reasons for improving their nutrient management practices from an economic and environmental perspective.

An integral part of the program is involving farmers in designing their own nutrient management plans. On-farm trials then test the plans” recommendations to ensure that crop yields and profitability are not compromised. Such plans are more likely to be implemented and followed, since the producers understand the plans and have participated in their creation. Each year more than 200 farmers take part in the program.

Klingberg will be working with UW-Extension county agents, Land Conservation Departments, technical colleges and other organizations and institutions throughout Wisconsin to hold training sessions for producers as well as potential nutrient management plan trainers. Klingberg will be working on follow-up contacts with participating producers to document the actual adoption rate of the plans and compare each farm”s before and after nutrient management practices.

Klingberg has a strong background in nutrient management, agronomy and education. He has worked as an agricultural instructor for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, as a program agronomist for the Chippewa County Land Conservation Department, and as a crop consultant for Centrol Crop Production Services in Durand.

The Agricultural Training Program schedule and information can be found, as they are developed, on the web at www.discoveryfarms.org or by calling Klingberg at (715) 983-2240.

Discovery Farms is a producer-driven research program, working with farmers to find economical and effective ways of complying with environmental regulations, working to assure a healthy environment and a healthy farm economy.