Marketing Communications, Ag Business minor, 2004
Currently an academic advisor for first-year students at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Svacina also earned an MS in agribusiness from Kansas State University and an MS Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the UW-La Crosse. She held marketing communications positions at CHS Inc., in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and at the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council in St. Paul, Minn. When thinking about UWRF, Svacina recalls the great friendships she made with others passionate about agriculture. Whether through AdEd/FFA, Dairy Club, or marketing communications classes, many of her close friendships today stem from her experiences at UWRF.
Agricultural Education, 2001
The leadership development coordinator for the Minnesota FFA Association, Addington is originally from Zumbrota, Minnesota. She currently lives in Kenyon, Minn., with her husband Matt and their two children.
Animal Science - Dairy emphasis, 1983
Andy Carlson works as a dairy nutritionist for Vita Plus Corporation in central Minnesota. CAFES challenged Carlson to better understand how dynamic industry agriculture was and introduced him to people who were committed to participating in and serving that industry. Carlson says that CAFES is big enough to attract great teachers but small enough to care about individual students. He lives in Darwin, Minn., with his wife, Julie, their son, Aaron, and daughter, Nicole.
Broad Area Ag, Animal Science minor, 1997
Owner of Vine Vest North, Inc., Glaze is a full-time crop insurance agent. He is also an auctioneer and real estate broker for Wausau Sales Corp. Still close with many friends from CAFES, he felt that campus was just the right size and he was immediately "at home" when he attended UWRF. While classroom work was essential, the "hands-on" experiences he received as a student from outdoor labs and internship programs really prepared him for his future and he encourages students to take advantage of those experiences. He resides in Merrill, with his wife, Kristin, also a UWRF graduate, and their son, Jase, and daughter, Katy.
Agricultural Business, Agronomy minor, 2009
A sales agronomist for Western Wisconsin Ag Supply in Ellsworth, Gausman enjoys working directly with agronomic information, technology, and cooperative services for growers. Gausman explains that CAFES prepared her for more than just her current job - her coursework laid the ground work for her entire professional career. While a CAFES student, she was exposed to many facets of agriculture and people who shared the same interests and desires for the industry as she. It was through these experiences that she gained an awareness of what it really meant to be an agriculture graduate and how it opened the doors to endless opportunities. Gausman lives in Baldwin with her husband, Bill where they have a corn and soybean operation.
Agronomy, Ag Business minor, 1998
Martinson currently works for the University of Minnesota as an equine extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science. She insists that CAFES faculty were the key to making campus great! She says that Lou Greub, Steve Carlson, Don Taylor, and Lewi May were especially effective and influential professors during her college career. She resides in Otsego, Minn., with her husband, Chad and children, Montana and Matalyn.
Broad Area Ag, Broadcast Journalism minor, 1999
Currently working for the USDA Farm Service Agency and on their family farm with her husband, Prescott attributes some of her success to her involvement in classes and extracurricular programs which strengthened her understanding of the agricultural industry. She especially enjoyed being a part of the news cast for CAFES TV - she met many new people on campus and every week was a new adventure. Prescott lives in Adams, Minn., with her husband, Joe and their daughter, Allison.
Dairy Science, 2003
Having focused her studies on the dairy management option, Skiba currently works with her husband and his family on their family farm, Diamonds S Farm, and is the owner of Silver Star Jerseys. She was also previously employed by Land O'Lakes and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Skiba advises students to get as much out of their coursework as they can, and to take advantage of the opportunities and resources that are open to them during their college years. Come with an open mind, she says, you never know what course might change your career path. Skiba lives in North Branch, Minn., with her husband and three young children.
Agricultural Education, 2005
Talford is an educator in the Sauk Prairie School District, and is an active member of both the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators and the National Association of Agricultural Educators. While work in the classroom prepared Talford for teaching agricultural topics and content, he explains that it was the involvement in extracurricular programs and residential life that taught him how to work with others which is now a crucial component to his success as a teacher.