Mark Stephenson has been appointed Director of the UW Center for Dairy Profitability, a multi-campus unit with faculty and staff at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls and UW-Extension. The CDP provides educational resources to farmers to improve dairy profitability and the competitiveness of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. He will hold the CDP post in addition to his new role as CALS and UW-Extension’s Director of Dairy Policy Analysis.
Stephenson replaces David Kammel who has directed the Center since 2004. Kammel, will remain associated with CDP but will return to his position as professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering with extension, research and instruction responsibilities.
Stephenson brings 17 years of faculty experience from Cornell University where his time was divided between applied research, extension, and teaching in dairy markets and policy. Much of his work at Cornell focused on dairy policy and as a team member, included a ground-breaking analysis of spatial differences in milk prices and class I differentials. His research work also has been used in modifications to the product price formulas and again on looking at the class I differentials and the impacts of fuel costs on them.
The CDP was established in 1987 through the Industrial and Economic Development Research Fund (IEDRF). The Center develops, coordinates and conducts interdisciplinary educational and applied research programs, emphasizing business management, human resource management, production systems, finance and marketing systems to improve dairy profitability and the competitiveness of Wisconsin’s dairy industry