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UW-Platteville Dairy Program Gets Financial Gift
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/25/2016

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's new dairy science degree program has received a nice boost from Badgerland Financial. The group presented a $50,000 gift to the school during the UW-P's homecoming football game this month.

School of Agriculture Director Dr. Michael Compton says gifts like these help take financial stress off of the students during times when tuition payments are getting more expensive.

This is the first year a dairy science major is being offered at the Platteville campus, even though the school has been offering a dairy curriculum for over 30 years. Compton says the gift will help the program grow while offering even more experiences for students.

"We understand the importance of the dairy industry in Wisconsin and believe in the UW-Platteville staff, students and efforts to make the program successful," said Badgerland's Rochelle Ripp Schnadt, who is also a UW-P alum. "Badgerland feels that by donating to this program they are also helping the dairy farmers across the state by supporting the extension of knowledge to the next generation of dairy farmers."

The dairy science program will offer a number of hands-on learning experiences for students, such as the new 'Adopt-a-Heifer' program where students will be assigned an animal to follow throughout the course of their schooling. The major will also allow the school to more effectively develop and train students for careers in the dairy industry, a division of agriculture in which continued growth and need for new professionals is expected. And it will boost support of the Dairy Judging Team, Dairy Challenge Team and the Pioneer Dairy Club.

The first students with the new dairy science major are expected to graduate this December.

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