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UW-Madison Dairy Science Student Wins National FFA Recognition

Matthew Repinski knows success in agriculture at multiple levels.

The UW-Madison junior has been successful in national collegiate competition. And he has gained expertise in two fields – he”s double-majoring in dairy science and agronomy – through intensive, hands-on learning at the university”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

From a young age, Repinski had a strong passion and steadfast determination for farming. This passion has been key to his success, both in FFA and in his education. Repinski was honored with one of the highest recognitions in FFA, being named the American Star in Agricultural Placement at the 2006 National FFA Convention. In addition to this award, Repinski was named the National FFA Proficiency winner in dairy placement in 2005, in diversified livestock placement in 2004 and with diversified crop placement in 2003.

Through his FFA supervised agriculture experience, Repinski coupled on-farm experience with learning. He started working on his uncle”s farm at the age of 10. As Repinski grew older, he took on more hours and began working at Peterson Farms. He later looked towards large dairy farm experience, and was employed with Gordondale Farms. At Gordondale, Repinski was at the ground level of an expansion that took the herd from 350 head to over 900 milking cows and covering 4,000 acres of cropland.

As his farm responsibilities grew, so did his interest. Repinski knew he”d like to pursue a future in agriculture and knew a university degree was the perfect option. However he wanted an education that would provide him a real learning experience, not just a diploma.

“The diversity of UW-Madison really attracted me; it”s different from any other university in our state, if not the nation. Plus the CALS campus and dairy science program are really like a home, your peers become your friends and family as you develop and build relationships,” stated Repinski. “Plus, I”m not cut-out to sit in a cla