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School For Begining Dairy Farms Internship/Scholarship Winners Announced

Six students interested in grass-based dairy farming will receive scholarships and attend on-farm internships through the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems” Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers this year. These students are or will be attending the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course Program with the WSBDF option, which includes two to six months of internships.

WSBDF INTERNSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS – SUMMER 2002

* John Fellers, Nashville, Tenn., will intern at the Dan and Ruth Vosberg farm, South Wayne, Wis. and the Mark and Sue Edgington farm, Cobb, Wis.; Clarion A. and Henrietta Clemens-Counsell Internship Endowment, Mike Cannell Scholarship, and Milton H. and Velma E. Button Scholarship.
* Patrick Scallon, Beloit, Wis, will intern at the Dan and Terri Pearson farm, River Falls, Wis. and the Dan and Shelly Truttmann farm, New Glarus, Wis.; Milton H. and Velma E. Button Scholarship.

WSBDF INTERNSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS – AUTUMN 2002

These students will conduct their internships in spring/summer 2003 after completing the winter/spring Farm and Industry Short Course classroom curriculum. They have also been awarded FISC tuition scholarships:

* Edward Ficken, Wilson, Wis.; Lyle C. Molstad Memorial Scholarship.
* Benjamin Grim, New London, Wis.; Mike Cannell Scholarship.
* Brian Keithline, Castle Rock, Colo.; Milton H. and Velma E. Button Scholarship.
* Adam Shannon, Richland Center, Wis.; Culver Franchising System, Inc. scholarship.

Dick Cates, WSBDF coordinator, and Brian Denman, a WSBDF graduate, will participate in the Beginning Farmer panel, which starts at 12:45 p.m. July 9, in the “Farming the Next Generation” tent at Farm Progress Days. Visitors are welcome to stop by the WSBDF booth (in the same tent) to learn more about the school and how to become a “Friend of the WSBDF.”

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers offers qualified students the chance to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, special training sessions, seminars in the management of grazing-based dairy farms, farm internships, mentoring by experienced graziers and UW faculty, classroom and field experience, and the potential for future support and training.

Scholarships Available Through The Wisconsin School For Beginning Dairy Farmers

* Judd S. Alexander Foundation Scholarship, established to support partial tuition costs for Marathon County, Wis. residents to attend the FISC/WSBDF classroom program, or two-month internships on grass-based dairy farms.
* Milton H. and Velma S. Button Scholarship, established by Velma S. Button, who was born in 1899 and grew up on a dairy farm just outside Madison. The scholarship is named after Button and her late husband, Milton, an agricultural specialist for the U.S. Department of State. The scholarship helps support partial tuition costs to attend the FISC/WSBDF classroom program, or two- to four-month internships on a grass-based dairy farms.
* Mike Cannell Scholarship, established in honor of Mike Cannell, a Richland County dairy farmer who was an early champion of grass-based dairy farming and a leader in establishing programs and policies to support family farming, rural community revitalization, social justice and sustainable agriculture. Cannell died in 1996 in a machinery accident while helping a neighbor. The scholarship helps support partial tuition costs to attend the FISC/WSBDF classroom program, or two- to four-month internships on grass-based dairy farms.
* Clarion A. and Henrietta (Clemens) Counsell Internship Endowment, established by their son, Dr. Lee A. Counsell, DDS, MPH, FACD. The Counsell family dairy farm, near Neillsville, was one of the first in Clark County. The scholarship helps support two-month internships on grass-based dairy farms.
* Culver Scholarship, established by Culver Franchising Systems, Inc., Prairie du Sac, Wis. to support partial tuition costs to attend the FISC/WSBDF classroom program, or two-month internships on grass-based dairy farms.
* Lyle C. Molstad Memorial Scholarship, established by his daughter, Marie Molstad of Sun Prairie. The scholarship supports partial tuition costs for Wisconsin residents to attend the FISC/WSBDF classroom program, or two-month internships on Wisconsin grass-based dairy farms.
* Rural Opportunities Foundation WSBDF Scholarship, established to support two- to four-month internships for rural Wisconsin residents on grass-based dairy farms.