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School for Beginning Dairy Farmers Announces Internships & Scholarship Winners

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 FISC Class ’03 tuition scholarship awards (not previously announced):
Adam Shannon, Richland Center, Wis., earned the Culvers Franchising tuition scholarship.
Raul Suarez, Miami, Fla. earned the Olds Seed Solutions Scholarship.
WSBDF Class ’03 on-farm internship scholarship awards:
John Fairbairn, Arkville, N.Y., earned the Milton and Velma Button Scholarship for internships on the Bert and Trish Paris dairy farm, Belleville, Wis., and the Altfrid and Sue Krusenbaum dairy farm, Elkhorn, Wis.
Ben Grim, New London, Ohio, earned the Clarion and Henrietta Clemens-Counsell Scholarship for internship on the Dan and Ruth Vosberg dairy farm, South Wayne, Wis.
Adam Shannon earned the Rural Opportunities Scholarship for internship on the Brian Denman dairy farm, Richland Center.
Raul Suarez earned the Lyle Molstad and the Mike Cannell Scholarships for internships on the Altfrid and Sue Krusenbaum dairy farm, Elkhorn, Wis., and the Vance and Bonnie Haugen diary farm, Canton, Minn.
WSBDF FISC Class ’04 tuition and internship scholarship award:
Mathew Winnie, Aniwa, Wis., earned the Judd S. Alexander Scholarship, awarded to a Marathon County resident enrolled in the WSBDF program.
The WSBDF information table at Farm Technology Days will be in the Dairy Technology Tent near the center of Tent City. School coordinator Dick Cates will moderate one of the “Planning for Profit” dairy seminars in that tent at 11a.m. Wednesday, July 16. Cates’ topic will be “getting started in dairy farming.” Gary Stankowski of Mosinee, a WSBDF graduate who started his own dairy farm, will be one of the three panelists.
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.

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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 wife, 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.
* Olds Seed Solutions Scholarship, Olds Seed Solutions, Inc., Madison, Wis.

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WISCONSIN SCHOOL FOR BEGINNING DAIRY FARMERS STEERING COMMITTEE

Mary C. Anderson, grassland conservationist, River County Resource Conservation Development

Dale Breuer, sales manager, Olds Seed Solutions

Tom Kane, vice president, M&I Bank

Gordon Stevenson, board of directors, Aldo Leopold Foundation

Brent McCown, director, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Altfrid Krusenbaum, grass-based dairy farmer

Jerome Michels, procurement supervisor, AMPI

Norm Monsen, community specialist, Wisconsin Farm Center
Bert Paris, grass-based dairy farmer
Jerry Punzel, international product coordination manager, ABS Global
Michel Wattiaux, associate professor, UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science
Paul Daigle, conservationist specialist, Marathon County Land Conservation Dept.
Brian Denman, WSBDF graduate / grass-based dairy farmer
Jim Gibson, education consultant, Wisconsin Technical College System Board
Kevan Klingberg, UWEX ag. training program coordinator
Dan and Ruth Vosberg, grass-based dairy farmers
Dick Cates, coordinator, WI School for Beginning Dairy Farmers
Rick Daluge, director, Farm and Industry Short Course
Steve Stevenson, associate director, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Ag. Systems