Klassy, Nusbaum and Arndt honored at FISC reunion

Three agricultural leaders were honored by an audience of more than one hundred alumni and friends at the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Alumni Reunion held Saturday, January 25.

Larry Klassy, FISC ’57, was presented with the Friend of Short Course Award by three FISC student ambassadors. Klassy is from New Glarus, Wis. and has donated to the FISC program for several years. He is retired but active in his community including volunteering at a museum and driving bus.

Robert Nusbaum, Sheep Management Instructor, was honored with the J.S. Donald Excellence in Teaching Award. He was selected through a competitive nomination process across campus. Nusbaum operates a family sheep business in western Wisconsin.

David Arndt received the Service to Agriculture Award. Arndt and his family farm near Janesville, Wis. He is a FISC graduate and also attended UW-Madison for an additional two years before returning to his family grain and beef operation. He is a past FISC board member, past WALSAA director and has served several other organizations. His recent work includes community development in Haiti with Rotary International.

For the first year, the reunion was coordinated by a committee of volunteers from the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Science Alumni Association (WALSAA). This year marks the 131st year of the FISC program and the 42nd year of WALSAA. Bob Behnke, FISC Chair on the WALSAA Board, served as Master of Ceremonies. Remarks were also given by College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch, FISC Director Jessie Potterton, and WALSAA Director Valerie Johnson.

The event was sponsored by Badgerland Financial, with additional support from Al and Lynn Herrman; Union Bank & Trust; East Central Select Sires; and Landmark Cooperative. Following the reunion banquet was a behind the scenes tour of New Holland Pavilion at the Alliant Energy Center.

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Farm Industry Short Course (FISC) is a one or two year production agriculture program taught during winter months when it is more convenient to leave a production ag operation. UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life science researchers and instructors teach the courses. There are more than 6,000 program alumni to date.

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