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Last chance to sign up for UW new farmer school’s statewide program

November 1 is the deadline to sign up to attend the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF) at one of its distance education classrooms. The school hopes to offer its distance education program at 17 sites around the state this year, but at least three students must sign up for a site for the program to be offered there.

The distance classrooms are designed for students who aren’t able to
attend class in Madison. Each classroom will have video and audio
links to the school’s weekly seminar in Madison, but will also have an
on-site instructor and feature guest lectures by local grazing
specialists, farm lenders and experienced farmers. Students also tour
local farms and have opportunities to participate in internships and
industry conferences.

The WSBDF curriculum covers all aspects of business planning, from
farm selection, design and remodeling to animal and pasture
management. WSBDF qualifies for the business training required by the
Farm Services Agency’s (FSA) beginning farmer loan programs.

The school is offered through the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short
Course. The 15-week course begins November 10 and meets every Thursday
from 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. through March 22 (the class meets Tuesday,
November 22 during Thanksgiving week and takes a four-week break in
late December and January).

Those interested should contact the facilitator at the appropriate site:

Antigo: Alex Crockford, UW-Extension, Langlade County, 715-627-6236,

Appleton: Randy Tenpas, Fox Valley Technical College, 920-735-5673,

Chilton: Jeremy Hanson, Fox Valley Technical College @ Chilton
Regional Center, 920- 849-4416; or Greg Booher,
Lakeshore Technical College, 920-693-1241;

Independence: Mary Anderson, River Country RC&D, 715-538-4396 ext 33;

Lancaster: Arin Crooks, Agricultural Research Station, 608-723-2580;

Ladysmith: Rich Toebe, UW-Extension, Rusk County, 715-532-2151,

Neillsville: Maria Bendixen, UW-Extension, Clark County, 715-743-5121;

Medford: Sandy Stuttgen, UW-Extension, Taylor County, 715-748-3327;

Menomonie: Mark Denk, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 715-577-3036;

Phillips: Mark Kopecky, UW-Extension Price County, 715-339-2555;

Prairie du Chien: Vance Haugen, UW Extension, Crawford County,

Reedsburg: Doug Marshall, MATC-Reedsburg, 608-524-7727;

Spooner: Otto Wiegand, UW-Extension, Washburn, Sawyer & Burnett
Counties, 715-635-3506,

Thorp: Brad Sirianni, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 715-579-5834;

Viroqua: Jean Stramel, Grazing Specialist, 608-647-8874 ext110;

Waupaca:  Lynn Jerrett, Fox Valley Technical College, 920-831-4387;

Wausau: Victoria Pietz, Northcentral Technical College, 715-803-1414;

To get application materials to attend the WSBDF on the Madison
campus, or to get more information about any aspect of the program, go
online to or call 608-265-6437.