New Location for Fall 2023

New location, new vision, same goal: producing high quality graduates prepared for success in the dairy industry! 

The agriculture training program in Wisconsin that has stood the test of time returns for fall 2023. Experience world class, hands-on training, just at a new location - UW-River Falls! As a student, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the program for one or two years. Year one will focus on critical, fundamental aspects of dairy farm operation with a heavy emphasis on managing the animal. Year two will be a deeper dive into herd management and additional emphasis on managing operations of the entire farm. 

Want to learn more? Click the request for information button below. Ready to apply? Click the apply now button below (see application instruction information below).

Program overview

  • 16-week residential program runs October 30, 2023-March 15, 2024
  • Classes taught by world-class UWRF faculty in collaboration with UW-Madison and UW-Platteville
  • Students live in UWRF residence halls
  • Access the same student privileges as four-year students
  • Earn college credits that can be used at UWRF or transferred 
  • Create lifelong friendships, professional networks and mentor relationships


Application information

Ready to apply? This step-by-step video walks you through the process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the apply now button above. There's a short video posted to help explain the process, too.

A high school diploma or equivalent. Students do not have to be from a farm.

The first year is very dairy-farm focused. There will be some education in agronomy, business and other areas but the heavy focus will be on dairy. Students who are interested in dairy ownership, dairy herd management or are working on a daily basis with a herd will be best served by this program.   

As we launch the FISC program at UW-River Falls we are focusing on dairy. We may expand the offerings in the future.

Want to learn more?

If you have questions or want to learn more about the program, contact Steve Kelm at 715-425-3704 or