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UW Farm & Industry Short Course to hold preview days Feb. 15-16

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course invites prospective students and their parents to campus on Feb. 15 or 16 to preview what the program has to offer. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

The day-long program will give visitors a chance to tour the campus
and attend classes in advanced reproduction, plant diseases, managing
a pasture-based dairy business, beef cattle management and production
and soil and crop nutrient resource management. Prospective students
can talk to short course staff, current students, house fellows and
alumni. They can also tour the Short Course Dormitories and learn
about the many scholarship opportunities available and the types of
careers that short course can lead to.

“Preview Days allow potential students to get a feel for the
experience they can expect if they attend Short Course,” says Ted
Halbach, short course director. “There’s no better way to find out for
yourself than by visiting campus.”

The one- or two-year short course program is open to high school
graduates interested in farming or one of Wisconsin’s many other
agricultural industries. The program runs from November to April and
has an average enrollment of 135 students.

The program’s goal is to provide a combination of cutting edge
knowledge and hands-on experience. Many of the instructors are faculty
or staff in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
who also teach in the four-year program. Students can choose from more
than 50 courses in the areas of soils, crops, dairy, meat animals,
general livestock, landscaping, agricultural engineering and
agricultural economics.

Students can earn a one-year or two-year certificate requiring 20 or
40 credits, respectively, or they can pursue a specialty certificate
in one of six areas: Crop and soil management, dairy farm management,
farm mechanics, farm service and supply, meat animals or pasture-based
dairy and livestock.

Up to 15 credits can be transferred to the CALS four-year degree
program.

There is no cost for the Preview Days, but pre-registration by Feb. 10
is strongly recommended. To register on-line go to http://fics.cals.wisc.edu under the prospective student link or call (608) 263-3918 or e-mail fisc@cals.wisc.edu