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Pralle & Sanford to Join UW-Platteville Dairy Hub Staff
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/17/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has hired its first two staff members to serve as faculty under the Dairy Innovation Hub. Ryan Pralle and Joseph Sanford will be employed by the UWP School of Agriculture, where they will spend 70 percent of their time in research and the remainder teaching students about their findings.

The Dairy Innovation Hub, which is being funded by the 2019-21 state budget, harnesses research and development at the campus, along with UW-Madison and UW-River Falls to keep Wisconsin's dairy industry at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products.

"UW-Platteville has been proactive in recruiting talent and we're very excited to have Pralle and Sanford who will be bringing significant expertise in ruminant nutrition and agricultural and biosystems engineering, respectively," said Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of UW-Platteville's College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. "This expertise will directly benefit farms and other aspects of the dairy community regionally, state-wide and beyond."

A native of Clark County, Pralle was hired as an assistant professor specializing in ruminant nutrition. In this role, he will establish a research and outreach program that will support Wisconsin dairy farmers, livestock nutritionists, farm consultants and veterinarians by providing research focused on ruminant nutrition for the efficient, profitable and environmentally sustainable production of milk and other dairy products.

Sanford, who grew up in Dane County, will serve as an assistant professor specializing in agricultural and biological systems engineering with a focus in agricultural wastewater treatment. He will develop a research and outreach program that supports Wisconsin dairy farmers, farm consultants and systems engineers by providing research focused on agricultural wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse, for the environmental sustainability of dairy farms and surrounding communities in south west Wisconsin.

The two new staff members will begin their duties in August.

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