Karen Nielsen named director of the Babock Institute

Karen Nielsen has been named Director of The Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development. Nielsen has served as the Institute’s Associate Director since 2004 and in other management positions since 1994. The Babcock Institute is the leader in international dairy research, development, and education. The Institute’s mission is to link the dairy industry in Wisconsin and the US with the dairy industries around the world to improve the quality of life and foster market development.

“Karen’s nearly 20 years of experience in the international dairy industry will assure the Institute’s growth in education and research while fostering important international relationships for the United States’ in emerging world dairy markets,” says CALS Dean Molly Jahn.

The Babcock Institute provides training opportunities to those in the dairy industry around the globe. In addition to funding travel for dairy artisans and academics from the US, the educational goals of the Institute involve bringing dairy workers, industry professionals and government officials from around the world to the United States for training, farm tours, courses, workshops, conferences, and internships.

“As the new director, my goals are to further the work of the Institute by increasing our domestic and international dairy partnerships ensuring information sharing, research development and people helping people,” says Nielsen.

Most recently, The Babcock Institute has partnered with the China Agricultural University to form the Sino-US Dairy Research and Development Center to improve the exchange of information between dairy industries in the US and China. In her new role as Director, Nielsen will offer her experience in the Chinese dairy industry as an envoy on Governor Doyle’s trade mission to China as aid to the University of Wisconsin’s System President Kevin Reilly.

For additional information on The Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development visit or call (608) 265-4169.

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