FISC alumnni group honors three agricultural leaders

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 23.

The FISC program, in its 132nd year, is part of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is an intensive 15-week program designed for students intending to pursue careers in production agriculture. While the majority of the over 6,000 graduates are located in Wisconsin, many come from across the nation and world. The FISC Alumni group is part of the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA).

​Rochelle Schnadt, representing lead event sponsor Badgerland Financial, praised the program’s practical training and skills development necessary for graduates to become successful in the competitive business of agriculture.

State Representative Lee Nerison was honored with the Service to Agriculture award. Prior to entering public service, Nerison farmed and currently serves as the Chair of the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Agriculture. Nerison is a 1971 FISC graduate.

Gail Hill and Jim Brown were honored as the Friends of Short Course. Gail Hill was raised in Iowa County on a small family dairy farm. Both her father and grandfather were alumni of the FISC program. Hill along with her husband Jim Brown currently reside in the Pacific Northwest but contribute significantly to the FISC scholarship program each year.

Alan Linnebur was honored as the J.S. Donald Excellence in Teaching Award. Linnebur taught the popular grain marketing class as part of the FISC program. He is noted for his ability to simplify challenging concepts into real-world scenarios. Linnebur’s career has spanned Extension, private sector financial management and farming.

Attorney George Twohig delivered the keynote presentation, “Continuing the Tradition: Farm Transitions 101”.

The event was sponsored by Badgerland Financial, with additional support BMO Harris Bank, Crave Brothers Farm, LLC, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, AgSource, AgStar Financial Services, BASF, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, UW-Madison, Cooperative Resources International, East Central Select Sires, Allan & Lynn Herrman, Landmark Services Cooperative, Union Bank & Trust and Vita Plus Corporation.

WALSAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.  For more information call (608) 438-1994 or go to