The Marshfield-area native is the seventh superintendent of the Marshfield station and first woman superintendent in the statewide Agricultural Research Station network. She takes over in time to help usher the station into its second century. The Marshfield operation will celebrate its centennial on August 16.
“Nancy brings a tremendous commitment and passion to carrying out Marshfield’s mission of conducting dairy research and outreach,” says Dwight Mueller, director of the UW-Madison’s Agricultural Research Station network. “She also brings a broad range of experience that will serve her well in her role as superintendent of the Marshfield Station.”
Esser has a 20-year background in agricultural research, safety and production. For the past year she has served as assistant superintendent at Marshfield under former superintendent Mike Bertram – who is now superintendent of the Arlington research station – which involved helping with administrative management and planning and overseeing care of the station’s 120 dairy cows and 540 heifers.
Before that she managed research projects for UW-Madison dairy scientist Pat Hoffman and other scientists within the Department of Dairy Science. Previously, she spent six years working for the National Farm Medicine Center at the Marshfield Clinic as an agricultural safety specialist.
The 1,250-acre Marshfield Agricultural Research Station is part of a state-wide network of UW-Madison agricultural research facilities. In the past decade the operation has seen significant changes. The new farm is home to the UW-Madison’s dairy science department’s replacement heifer program as well as the USDA’s new Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management Research Unit.