Jeff Endelman among Northern Lights Tour speakers

18173211445_7a69cf2a2d_zJeff Endelman, CALS assistant professor of horticulture, will be among the UW-Madison and UW-Extension scientists and educators who will hit the road next week for the first Northern Lights Tour, a five-stop exposition of research with local and regional impact.

The tour, an extension of UW-Madison’s Wednesday Nite@the Lab, produced in conjunction with UW-Extension and Wisconsin Public Television, will swing across the northern parts of Wisconsin beginning July 27 in Sturgeon Bay and concluding July 31 in Barron. Stops in between include Marinette, Rhinelander and Ashland. More details are available in this UW-Madison news release.

Endelman’s presentation, titled “Potato Breeding in the North Woods: Where (Potato) Babies Come From,” will take place 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 in Rhinelander.

Endelman is the faculty lead for the UW potato breeding program, which has been creating new potato varieties for the benefit of growers, processors, and consumers for more than 75 years. His presentation will focus on the current goals and methods of the potato breeding program, highlighting the importance of the Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station to this effort.

Presentations take place from 7 to 9 p.m. and are free and open to the public. WPT will also record the talks for later broadcast on its University Place series and the programs will be available for streaming in archive at More info here.