After two great days, the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Pierce County was cancelled on day three due to rain and muddy conditions. The first two days were very successful, due in no small part to months of effort by the event’s director, Professor Emeritus Ron Schuler (biological systems engineering), and to the many CALS and UW-Extension personnel involved.
Dean Jahn attended the show and visited with many of those university staffers. Among those she met was Jon Zander, Tremepeleau County agricultural agent (shown above left with Jahn, Extension associate program director Dave Williams and CALS associate dean John Shutske), who was demonstrating a small-scale, on-farm biodiesel plant that livestock farmers could use to reduce costs of both fuel and of protein inputs. Information will be gathered on the quality and economics of feeding the protein meal byproduct from the biodiesel process to dairy cattle and other livestock. Zander and fellow Extension agent Carl Duley of Buffalo Co. are undertaking the feasibility study on an area farm.
FTD is among the largest outdoor trade shows of its kind in the nation and brings together educational and commercial exhibits from around the world. CALS and UW-Extension are major sponsors. Staff and faculty from across disciplines provide leadership and educational programing for the annual event. Three large tents in the center of FTD “Tent City” plus numerous outdoor exhibits highlight the efforts of CALS research, education and extension outreach.