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Short Course reunion and 125th anniversary celebration – Jan. 30

Wisconsin’s longest-running agricultural education program is having a big birthday and it wants its alumni and friends to help celebrate. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course will celebrate its 125th anniversary during its annual reunion on January 30 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The short course program was established on the Madison campus in 1885, four years before the founding of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The first session ran for 12 weeks and was taught by four professors. Today’s program runs 17 weeks with dozens of instructors teaching more than 50 courses.

The reunion will include a social hour and banquet as well as presentation of the annual Service to Agriculture and Friend of Short Course Awards.

The luncheon speaker will be farm broadcaster Pam Jahnke, voice of the Wisconsin Farm Report. Also speaking will be Irwin Goldman, Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Master of ceremonies will be Rick Daluge, who retired in 2007 after serving nearly three decades as director of the short course program.

Alumni and friends can sign up for the reunion online at The cost for the reunion is $20 ($18 for current students) for those who register by January 20. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.

The Farm and Industry Short Course wishes to thank these event sponsors: Badgerland Farm Credit Services. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC, Accelerated Genetics, AgSource Cooperative Services, Croplan Genetics and AgriSolutions, Foremost Farms USA, ABS Global, Animart, East Central Select Sires, M & I Bank, Nasco, Tom Morris, Ltd., Vita Plus Corporation, We Energies, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Wisconsin State Farmer, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.