Kleppe, Pfatteicher, Potterton honored at Farm and Industry Short Course reunion

Three agricultural leaders were honored by an audience of over 70 alumni and friends at the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Alumni Reunion held Saturday, Jan. 28.

The JS Donald Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Barry Kleppe. Dr. Kleppe has taught in the program for years and also has his own large animal veterinary practice. Sarah Pfatteicher was presented with the Friend of Short Course Award and Jessie Potterton with the Service to Agriculture Award. These two individuals moved the FISC program to new heights. They secured its future at the University by getting the program integrated into the UW system and FISC credits aligned with the undergraduate credits. This was no small task to say the least! Thank you to Barry, Jessie and Sarah and of course, congratulations!

L-R: Dean Kate VandenBosch, Sarah Pfatteicher – Friend of Short Course, Jessie Potterton – Service to Agriculture, Dr. Barry Kleppe – JS Donald Teaching Excellence, Vern Dougherty, WALSAA President

The event was sponsored by Badgerland Financial, with additional support from Crave Brothers Farm, LLC, AgSource, East Central Select Sires, Al & Lynn Herrman, Union Bank & Trust and Vita Plus Corporation. Thank you to our sponsors and thank you to Vita Plus for opening their doors for tours after the reunion!

Looking forward to 2018, the FISC Reunion will be held on Jan. 27 in Madison.

Farm and 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 agriculture 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.

WALSAA (Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association) 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, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit