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Chris Barrett PhD’94

Chris Barrett PhD’94 Agricultural and Applied Economics • In January Chris Barrett began a new position as the David J. Nolan Director of Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, whose undergraduate and graduate programs rank in the top five nationwide. Barrett takes on that leading role in educating applied economists […]

Rogier van den Brink PhD’90

Rogier van den Brink PhD’90 Agricultural and Applied Economics • As a Washington, D.C.-based lead economist with the World Bank in the department of poverty reduction and economic management, Rogier van den Brink works on economic policy and related concerns with a number of countries in Southeast Asia, his region of interest. Recently he helped […]

Diana Fletschner MS’95 PhD’02

Diana Fletschner MS’95 PhD’02 Agricultural and Applied Economics • China, Colombia, Russia, Peru and Uganda are just some of the places in which Diana Fletschner has had the opportunity to work. Fletschner serves as senior director of research, monitoring and evaluation for the Seattle-based NGO Landesa, which works to secure land rights for the world’s […]

Joseph Glauber PhD’84

Joseph Glauber PhD’84 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Henry C. Taylor, the first chief economist with the USDA, was a Badger—and today another alum, Joseph Glauber, holds that title. Glauber’s duties include preparing the department’s agricultural forecasts and projections as well as advising the Secretary of Agriculture on the economic implications of agricultural legislation. Time […]

David Kaimowitz MA’86 PhD’87

David Kaimowitz MA’86 PhD’87 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Challenges facing marginalized rural groups—including chronic poverty, competition over land and environmental degradation—are just some of the issues that David Kaimowitz addresses as the Ford Foundation’s director of sustainable development. His efforts include negotiating grants, designing strategies for meeting the needs of particular groups, and monitoring […]

Bruce Larson MA’84 PhD’87

Bruce Larson MA’84 PhD’87 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Bruce Larson, a professor of international health at Boston University’s School of Public Health, considers his research on HIV/AIDS and improving health delivery and services in Africa to be among the most rewarding achievements of his career. His experiences in the field also have demonstrated the […]

Thomas Wegner BS’81 MS’83

Thomas Wegner BS’81 MS’83 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Thomas Wegner currently serves as director of economics and dairy policy for Land O’Lakes, Inc., a position that calls for him to monitor national, regional and state regulatory issues affecting dairy farmers and Land O’ Lakes as a member-owned cooperative. Wegner works alongside cooperative marketing agencies […]

David Welsh BS’90

David Welsh BS’90 Agricultural and Applied Economics • As a corn specialist for Crop Production Services, David Welsh works directly with farmers in Wisconsin in an effort to maximize their corn yields and profits. Welsh’s time at CALS proved integral to his future success. While a student, he was able to participate in two internships […]

Jerry Steiner BS’82

Jerry Steiner BS’82 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Until retiring in 2014, Jerry Steiner served for a decade as the Monsanto Company’s executive vice president of sustainability and corporate affairs. His goal was to help farmers produce more food while conserving valuable resources throughout the dozens of countries in which Monsanto conducts business. His work […]

Gardening for the People

Master Gardener Volunteers bring expertise and the joy of growing to diverse people and projects around the state.

Jessica Bateman BS’05 MS’11

Jessica Bateman BS’05 MS’11 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Jessica Bateman’s experiences at CALS, which included a health and nutrition study abroad program in Uganda and a course called World Hunger and Malnutrition, were formative in her decision to pursue a career in agricultural economics. Today Bateman is the nutrition technical quality coordinator for Mawa, […]

12 in 125

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In honor of the occasion, we present an admittedly arbitrary list—no ranking intended here—of a dozen paradigm shifts, great discoveries and shining moments at CALS since we marked our centennial 25 years ago.