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Adam Danzinger

Alumnus Secures Valuable Equipment Gift

Pictured with the donated New Holland windrower are, from left to right, CAFES Dean Dale Gallenberg, 2006 alumnus Adam Danzinger, associate professor Jerry Nechville, and agricultural engineering technology chair Dean Olson.

“As an alum, I just wanted the program to have the latest in technology and help the [UWRF] farm be more productive,” said Adam Danzinger, a 2006 agricultural engineering technology graduate. This past spring Danzinger, a product training specialist with CNH Case New Holland, secured the donation of a prototype New Holland windrower for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES).  The fully functional unit is valued at more than $70,000. It is currently being used to harvest forage on the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm. A state-of-the-art fluid power system featuring electronic controls allows agricultural engineering technology faculty to develop new classroom/laboratory activities. This fall, Dr. Dean Olson, chair of the agricultural engineering technology department will equip the windrower with a newly acquired GPS guided steering system. 

Staying connected to CAFES runs in the Danzinger family. Adam’s father, Mel, ’70, and his uncle, David, ’70 and ’75, are partners in DS Farms in rural Alma, Wis. They are currently hosting their fourth intern from the dairy program at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, a program coordinated by UWRF animal science professor Tony Jilek. Interns help manage the 500+ cow herd and deal with animal health issues. The brothers are turning over the farm operation to David’s three sons, including Matt Danzinger, ’00. But the older Danzingers will stay connected to agriculture through their new venture, Danzinger Vineyards. The 12-acre vineyard has eight different varieties of grapes. Construction of an on-site winery will begin soon with a grand opening anticipated for 2010. Might we suggest a UW-River Falls red?



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