1. UW-River Falls professor awarded federal grants to study animal welfare

    Photo of Barron County dairy farmer Cheyenne Christianson interacting with his dairy herd. Christianson’s farm has been a research site for federally funded work being conducted by UW-River Falls faculty member Kate Creutzinger to study cows and calves. UWRF photo.

    Research focuses on living conditions of calves and their health outcomes A Holstein calf just a few weeks old lay next to its mother on a late fall day in a pasture at Cheyenne Christianson’s Barron County farm, seemingly content and healthy. A moment later the young calf stood up and ambled a short distance. […]

  2. UWM: Storytelling as a research method offers insights into society’s needs

    Photo of Jessie Thompson (right) talking with a shopper as part of the Story Cart Project this summer. UW-Milwaukee graduate students traveled with a mobile "story cart" to 27 Milwaukee locations to question strangers about food to collect stories about how people connect through food. (Photo courtesy of the Center for 21st Century Studies)

    Buying or obtaining groceries and preparing food may sound like mundane tasks, but collecting information on how people seek and connect with food can actually foster understanding and help us communicate in a polarized world, said Nicole Welk-Joerger. Welk-Joerger, former deputy director of UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, directed the center’s Story Cart Project, in which UWM […]

  3. Mathematics in motion: UWL mathematical models answer farmers’ questions about infectious disease

    Photo of David Elzinga, UW-La Crosse assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, who combines approaches from Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science to address scientific questions based on biological topics. (Jen Towner, UWL University Marketing & Communications)

    David Elzinga has a history of using math to help animals survive. From moose suffering from too many ticks to bats with fungal infections, Elzinga has developed mathematical models to answer a plethora of questions biologists have about the spread of disease. Elzinga, a UW-La Crosse assistant professor of Mathematics & Statistics, recently presented “Baa-ttling […]

  4. UW-River Falls celebrates opening of remodeled campus dairy plant

    Photo of UW-River Falls officials and agriculture business leaders celebrating the grand opening Friday of the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence, a $9 million facility that will provide students and dairy employees high-tech, hands-on training opportunities. UWRF photo.

    Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence will boost student learning, business opportunities During a celebratory ribbon cutting and with each tour of the rebuilt Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Oct. 20, Michelle Farner felt emotions welling inside her. Gratitude. Accomplishment. Relief. Emotions were to be expected after […]

  5. Meat-ing a need: UW-River Falls program trains animal processors

    Photo of Humane Handling Institute Program Manager Ashlynn Kirk listening to Brandon Clare, owner of JM Watkins meat processing plant in Plum City, as they discuss details of ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Kirk helped Clare individualize a humane handling plan for his plant. UWRF photo.

    Students working in the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Meat Processing Plant had done everything they were supposed to do, had taken every step needed to ensure that animals awaiting processing were as calm as possible. Then the unexpected happened during the processing of beef cattle in the spring. A steer escaped its holding area after […]

  6. Transformational gift to UW-River Falls for dairy plant renovation establishes Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence

    Photo of Chancellor Maria Gallo sharing applause with Trevor Wuethrich, Grassland Dairy Products, Inc. president, during a special gathering Thursday morning in the UWRF Dairy Pilot Plant.

    Contribution brings total Wuethrich-Grassland commitment to $1 million Following a transformational gift, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Pilot Plant will now be known as the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence. The Wuethrich Family Foundation and Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., of Greenwood, dairy industry leaders and longtime UWRF strategic partners, announced today an additional […]

  7. UW-Eau Claire research team works with Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market to address food insecurity

    Photo of Eau Claire Farmers Market. A UW-Eau Claire research team working with the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market on a program that helps community members who are food insecure buy more fruits and vegetables. Dr. Eric Jamelske, professor of economics, leads the ongoing project, which has included dozens of Blugolds as researchers and/or volunteers. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

    As a college student living on his own for the first time, Luke Plagens already was figuring out that it’s hard to eat healthy on a small budget. However, it’s his work as a student researcher and community volunteer at a local farmers market that is helping the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sophomore understand just […]

  8. A Research Network at the Nexus of Water and Agriculture

    Photo of students meeting with farmers during the Ag-Water Nexus field trip.

    Wisconsin’s abundant rivers, lakes and streams helped the state become an agricultural leader. Yet agricultural processes, including irrigation and pesticide use, also greatly impact our state’s water quality and quantity. One of the biggest challenges facing Wisconsin is determining how to maintain the state’s agricultural prominence while also ensuring plenty of safe water for drinking, […]

  9. UWO partnership with Agra Energy yields new facility to convert dairy waste into biofuel

    Photo of officials from Agra Energy and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh at the groundbreaking for Wisconsin’s first commercial facility to turn dairy farm waste into renewable biofuel. (Photo credit: UW Oshkosh)

    Marked by a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh launched a new effort with biogas partner Agra Energy to build Wisconsin’s first commercial facility to turn dairy farm waste into renewable biofuel. The $20 million facility, located at Dairyland Farm in New Franken, will use pioneering technology to convert biogas waste into an […]

  10. UW-River Falls lands grant to research robotic milking

    UW-River Falls is leading a two-year study to determine the impacts of adopting robotic milking on dairy farms. (Photo credit: UW-River Falls)

    Falcon faculty to lead feasibility study by five U.S. universities A research project led by a pair of University of Wisconsin-River Falls faculty members has the potential to change the face of the signature industry in America’s Dairyland. Assistant professors Luis Peña-Lévano and Shaheer Burney from UWRF’s Agricultural Economics Department were recently awarded a $250,000 […]