Discovery Farms welcomes Jim Leverich to its staff. Leverich will serve as Discovery Farms” On-Farm Research Coordinator in western and southern Wisconsin.
Leverich grew up on his family”s dairy farm near Sparta. He holds a master”s degree in dairy science (emphasis in farm management, agronomy, and on-farm computerization and data collection) from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, and a bachelor”s degree in dairy science (emphasis in dairy nutrition and ration formulation) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Leverich comes to Discovery Farms from Monroe County UW-Extension, where he served as the agriculture and farm management agent and department head for the last seven years, and the dairy and livestock agent for the previous 10 years. In the past, Leverich has developed ration-balancing software for major feed companies. He has done extensive farm management work; helping producers with budgeting, farm transfers and different farm transitions – herd expansions and farm enterprise changes. Currently, Leverich is a co-coordinator of a multi-year Midwestern ultra-narrow row corn research project, and continues to be involved in managing and operating Leverich Century Farm, his family”s farm, which is now a corn, soybean, and beef farm.
Leverich began working for the Discovery Farms Program in August as an on-farm research coordinator. The on-farm research coordinators play a lead role in establishing the research program for Discovery Farms. They work collaboratively to implement research, collect data and trouble shoot issues associated with practices introduced on the farms.
Leverich”s wife, Marla, is a seventh-grade language arts teacher. They live in Sparta, on the farm where Leverich grew up, with their kids, Beth-11, Kate and Leanna-9, and Jacob-6.
The Discovery Farms Program is part of the Wisconsin Agriculture Stewardship Initiative, which also includes UW-Platteville”s Pioneer Farm, adaptive research on individual Discovery Farms and component research conducted at UW institutions. The Discovery Farms Program is in partnership with and may receive funding, support and/or services through UW-Extension, UW-Madison, UW-Stevens Point, UW-River Falls, DATCP, DNR, NRCS, USGS, ag industry organizations (such as WMMB, PDPW and WPPA), county Land Conservation Departments, and county Extension offices. For more information on Discovery Farms, call (715) 983-5668 or go here.