The family of the late Jim Crowley, a University of Wisconsin-Madison extension dairy specialist, gathered recently on the UW-Madison campus to install a plaque listing supporters of the Crowley Management and Extension Fund. The fund was established in Crowley”s honor shortly after his death in 1989.
Crowley”s sons, Jim and Rick, along with their wives, Diann and Linda, also met with the committee that administers the fund. Jim is a dairy nutritionist with Hubbard Feeds and Rick is with the marketing services division of Covance Inc.
Since the fund”s inception, some 500 friends have contributed nearly $100,000 in honor of Crowley”s lifelong commitment to Wisconsin”s dairy industry. Currently about $10,000 per year is available to reinvest in the future of Wisconsin dairying. An oversight committee distributes the funds to help “ensure future excellence for Extension dairy programming in the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science.”
Over the last two years the Crowley Fund helped make possible summer internships for several UW-Madison dairy science students. Jesse Roach assisted extension agent Zen Miller with materials to help dairymen interact with Spanish speaking employees. Becky Mentink and Kristan Noeldner helped extension dairy youth specialist Ted Halbach run various youth activities around the state. Ben Towns worked with extension dairy nutritionist Randy Shaver to evaluate computerized TMR feed inventory programs. Brian Kelroy assisted dairy reproductive specialist Paul Fricke with a survey regarding the use of ultrasound technology. Denise Zygarlicki assisted dairy management specialist Pat Hoffman ad the Marshfield research station. “What better way to teach our dairy science students the challenges and rewards of extension work than to ”just do it,”” says Bob Kaiser, extension dairy agent.
In addition, the Crowley Fund supported Badger Dairy Camp in Madison, for 4-H and FFA members. At the Wisconsin State Fair, 13 dairy youth received James W. Crowley Leadership Awards for their outstanding dairy projects. Three collegiate judges were awarded James W. Crowley Scholarships for their excellence in oral reasons at the Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Judging Contest. Finally, several new state dairy extension specialists received grants to initiate their extension programs.
“Our dairy industry is changing faster than ever before,” Kaiser says. “Doc Jim was a strong advocate of the positive role of extension in meeting the challenges of our industry. He understood the importance of our students and faculty in shaping this industry.”
People interested in supporting the Crowley Fund can send contributions to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Attn: Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund, 1848 University Avenue, PO Box 8860, Madison, WI 53708-8860.
The plaque was originally presented to the Crowley family during a ceremony at World Dairy Expo 2000 by Merle Howard, a longtime leader in the dairy cattle industry. The plaque will be permanently displayed in the first-floor lobby of the Animal Sciences building on the UW-Madison campus.