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Mark Stephenson named Director of Dairy Policy Analysis

The University of Wisconsin-Madison”s College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension Cooperative Extension
are pleased to announce that Mark Stephenson has been named as the new
Director of Dairy Policy Analysis.

In this role, Stephenson will play a major leadership role in dairy
policy, dairy market analysis, communication and education for UW-
Extension and the College. He is expected to start on July 1.

Stephenson brings 17 years of faculty experience from Cornell
University where his time was divided between applied research,
Extension and teaching in dairy markets and policy. Much of his work
at Cornell focused on dairy policy and as a team member, included a
ground-breaking analysis of spatial differences in milk prices and
class I differentials. His research work also has been used in
modifications to the product price formulas and again on looking at
the class I differentials and the impacts of fuel costs on them.

“We are thrilled that someone of Mark”s caliber will be joining our
staff,” said Irwin Goldman, Interim Dean of CALS. “Mark Stephenson”s
arrival in Wisconsin will help assure our position at the leading edge
of dairy policy analysis for years to come.”

John Shutske, Associate Dean and Program Director for Extension
programs in agriculture added, “Dairy markets are dynamic, volatile,
and dairy producers and processors need current and actionable
information at their fingertips to make wise decisions on a daily
basis. In Mark, we were able to get one of the most knowledgeable
experts in the world in this area that”s so vital to Wisconsin”s
economy.”

Stephenson has been a regular and reliable contributor to U.S. dairy
policy discussion both with USDA and with Congress. Before his time
spent at Cornell, Stephenson spent three years in the Department of
Agricultural Economics at UW-River Falls where he also worked in dairy
Extension.

In this role serving the dairy industry in Wisconsin, Stephenson
brings considerable expertise in understanding of the complexity of
international dairy markets. He recently spent time in New Zealand and
Australia. Stephenson said, “For many years the United States dairy
interests had the luxury of being able to focus almost exclusively on
its domestic industry. Because imports and exports comprised such a
small portion of product, we simply didn”t have to worry about the
rest of the world. That situation is no longer the case and world
trade in dairy products and the competitiveness of the U.S. dairy
industry is a new and important consideration.”

In considering his new role with UW-Madison, Stephenson said “I
applaud Wisconsin”s vision to create this position. It will bridge
dairy-related disciplines and move us toward a common purpose as the
dairy industry steps forward into a more complex and competitive
environment.”