Augustian named Wisconsin OYF
A eastern Wisconsin dairy farmer has been named the winner of the 2014 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer award. Todd Augustian, Kewaunee, Wis. operates a 420-cow dairy with his brother, Aaron.
Augustian began farming in 2000 when he took over his parents' operation upon their retirement. In 2005, a barn fire wiped out his entire herd, so he started over by purchasing 30 cows and milking at a neighbor's vacant dairy farm.
Jim & Shelly Grosenick, Watertown, Wis. were named first runners-up and the 2014 'Speak-up for Agriculture' winners. The second runner-up was Christopher Davis, Wisconsin Dells.
Other finalists were Jeff & Angela Monson, Richland Center; Kyle Thompson, Barneveld; Aaron Wachholz, Montello; and Eric & Misty Vogel, Athens.
Last year's state runners-up, Brian and Nicole Barlass of Janesville, were recently named top 10 finalists for the same award at the national level. They will represent Wisconsin at the National OYF Awards Congress in Rapids City, S.D.
Partnership boosts University of Minnesota dairy economic research
The success of a partnership between Midwest Dairy Association, the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center (MDFRC) and the University of Minnesota has led to a new level of cooperation in support for dairy economics research at the University of Minnesota.
The MDFRC, with a successful history of innovation in dairy food science since its establishment in 1987, added a dairy foods marketing economist in 2011. Midwest Dairy Association provided a grant to fund the position, and Dr. Marin Bozic was hired for the post.
The three partners have now announced a long-term commitment to support a dairy economics research program at the University of Minnesota. Bozic will join the Department of Applied Economics as a tenure-track assistant professor and will also serve as an associate director of the MDFRC with responsibilities in dairy economics, and the Center’s strategy and development. Midwest Dairy Association has committed to funding the dairy economics research program with a $500,000 grant over the 2014-2018 period.
“This is exciting for dairy producers,” said Ken Herbranson, a Clitherall, Minn., dairy producer who serves on the advisory committee that helped develop the partnership. “The University’s recognition of the importance of dairy economics frees up checkoff monies for the work that needs to be done. It fits our strategy of leveraging checkoff to attract additional investment on dairy producers’ behalf.”