Sara Walling named Agriculture Institute Director for Cooperative Extension

UW-Extension Cooperative Extension recently announced that Sara Walling has accepted the position of Agriculture Institute Director. The Agriculture Institute is part of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources led by Associate Dean Patrick Robinson. (For more information about Cooperative Extension’s program administration structure, click here.)

Walling joins Cooperative Extension from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) where she has held positions in several capacities during her 12 years there, all of which have involved working with agricultural producers, landowners and partner agencies on agricultural management issues. Most recently, she served nearly six years as the Nutrient Management and Water Quality Section Chief where she and her staff focused on farm conservation practices, especially nutrient and crop management, soil erosion control practices and agricultural impact statement development for public utility projects.

Prior to that position, she served as a policy advisor to the DATCP Secretary on bioenergy, environmental and related issues and led the Wisconsin Bioenergy Council.Additional experiences include five years at DATCP working as a Nutrient Management and Water Quality Specialist, and three years at the USDA ARS National Soil Erosion Research Lab in Lafayette, Indiana.

Walling has a Master of Science degree in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University–Bozeman and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. A native of Dayton, MN, Walling has lived in southwest Madison for 12 years.

Walling will start her new position on May 7th.