Andrea Brossard Martin grew up on a dairy farm and knew she wanted a
job in the dairy industry, but wasn”t quite sure how to make the leap.
So she decided to take a path that has been followed by Wisconsin
rural youth – including many future agricultural leaders – since the
1880s. She enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s Farm and
Industry Short Course (FISC).
“After high school, Short Course offered the opportunity to figure out
what I wanted to do in the dairy business,” says Brossard Martin, who
is now an active partner in her family”s dairy operation near Beaver
Dam and works as a communication specialist with the Wisconsin Milk
“Attending Short Course really opened my eyes,” she says. It also led
to lasting friendships. “I still stay in contact with the people I got
to know there, and it”s always nice to see familiar faces when you”re
at a trade show like World Dairy Expo.”
During her first term in the program, she got a good look at the
university”s dairy science and life science communications programs.
She liked what she saw and opted to transfer her short course credits
to put herself on the path to dual majors in the university”s four-
Her experience turned her into an enthusiastic FISC supporter. She
currently serves as FISC Alumni Board president and is a key organizer
of the program”s 125th reunion, set for Saturday, Jan. 30 at the
Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison.
“I”m a relatively young alumnus (2000-2001),” Brossard Martin says. “The idea
of the 125th reunion is really great, because it will bring together
multiple generation of people who have attended Short Course. You”ll
be able to see how much that means to so many people, not just from
Wisconsin, but from all over the country.”
Brossard Martin encourages all FISC alumni and friends to join in the
celebration. The program includes remarks by Pam Jahnke, voice of the
Wisconsin Farm Report, and Irwin Goldman, Interim Dean of the UW-
Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as
presentation of the 2010 Service to Agriculture and The Friend of
Short Course awards. Emcee for the event will be Richard Daluge, who
retired in 2007 after nearly three decades as director of the short
Those who”d like to be part of the event can sign up online at http://uwalumni.com/shortcourse125
. The cost for the reunion is $20 for alumni and friends and $18 for
current students who register by January 20, 2010. Tickets will also
be available at the door for $25.
The Farm and Industry Short Course wishes to thank these event
sponsors: Badgerland Farm Credit Services, Crave Brothers Farmstead
Cheese, LLC, Accelerated Genetics, AgSource Cooperative Services,
Croplan Genetics, AgriSolutions, Foremost Farms USA, ABS Global,
Animart, East Central Select Sires, M&I Bank, Nasco, Tom Morris, Ltd.,
Vita Plus Corporation, We Energies, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Wisconsin
State Farmer and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.