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Dairy Hub Legislation Could Benefit Wisconsin UW Campuses
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/25/2019

The various dairy education programs at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Madison, Platteville and River Falls would grow significantly under a state budget provision introduced this week in the state legislature. The University of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub would provide $7.9 million annually to UW System to increase offerings at the three colleges.

The proposal is being authored by Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green and Reps. Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Todd Novak from Dodgeville. The measure specifically calls for disciplines in animal health and welfare, human health and nutrition, steward land and water resources, and farm businesses and communities.

Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, said this project is necessary to keep the $43 billion state dairy industry moving forward.

"There's no question that agriculture is a huge economic driver," Weber said. "For us to play a role in that benefits the state and really the nation."

UW-Madison would receive 52 percent of the money and house the program coordinator, while UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls would each receive 24 percent.

He adds that current activities such as edge-of-field and ground water monitoring research can be taken to a higher level, while initiatives like robotics, precision agriculture and grazing research can be brought to the university.

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