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April 19, 2002

Tiedke Appointed to UW-RF Advisory Council

James Tiedke, a 1980 graduate of UW-River Falls, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at UW-RF by Dean William Anderson.

Tiedke, River Falls, is the director of agronomy production management for Agrilliance and Croplan Genetics, where he manages sales of crop nutrients and crop protection products in Eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Said Anderson,"We are happy to have Jim on the Advisory Council. He has been supportive of the College, serving on the Alumni Advisory Board and as a partner of some of the research efforts on the College farm. Each year, Agriliance hires three or four of our students for the summer, and he works with them."

The Advisory Council is comprised of one representative from each of the programs in the Collegečagricultural education, biotechnology, pre-vet medicine, and many othersčand includes members from other groups, such as farm organizations, government agencies and environmental organizations, who bring special expertise not necessarily provided by the other members.

Members of the Advisory Council provide assistance and advice to improve the agriculture, food and environmental sciences industry through the educational opportunities offered at UW-River Falls. They promote the College in its interaction with industry colleagues, community leaders, state and federal legislators, and the higher education community.

The Council provides advice to the College on a wide array of topics. It determines a mission and vision for the College, and develops a strategic plan to accomplish them. It helps develop curriculum and new program initiatives; assists with internships, placements, personnel searches, development efforts and scholarships; creates partnerships between industry and education; works on capital building projects and more.

The Council meets twice a year, and members are occasionally invited to attend special meetings or functions such as campus visits by legislators, regents or other key people.

Advisory Council Members are appointed to renewable three-year terms. In addition to their expertise, members donate their time, travel costs and other expenses.

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