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State Cranberry Leaders Back Badger Partnership Idea
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/02/2011

At least one Wisconsin farm organization says it's backing the New Badger Partnership, which would make the University of Wisconsin-Madison autonomous from the rest of the UW-System.

Last week, the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association's board of directors announced their support of the idea being proposed by Governor Scott Walker. WSCGA Director Tom Lochner says his groups has invested heavily in the Madison campus and believes it is important to retain quality personnel within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

"The board supports the objectives of the proposed New Badger Partnership proposed by Governor Walker as part of his 2011-2013 Biennial Budget," Lochner said. "Wisconsin's cranberry growers have had a long relationship with the University of Wisconsin System, UW Extension and UW-Madison College of Agricultural Life Sciences. Having a world class research institution such as UW-Madison and the intellectual capacity it provides is a tremendous resource for the industry."

WSCGA's research arm is almost all done at UW-Madison, although the group does have scholarship activity involving some of the other campuses.

UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin said this past week that the New Badger Partnership would allow her campus to be more efficient. The regents of the UW-System would rather all campuses have greater flexibility.

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