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June 1, 2001

Bergh Named to UW-RF Advisory Board

Prescott Bergh, a farmer of natural meat products and sales and marketing director for CIRANDA, an organic food ingredient company based in Hudson, will join the UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences Advisory Council.

Dean William Anderson said Bergh's appointment will begin in June and is one of several that will be made this year.

Bergh is a graduate of Weslayan University in Middletown, Conn., where he was enrolled in the Science in Society program and received an award of distinction for his thesis project, "Ecological Agriculture in Minnesota." He has enhanced his knowledge of organic food production in the years since with numerous workshops and training classes.

The list of publications, presentations and advisory situations through which he has shared his expertise is extensive, ranging from appearances on a Minnesota Public Radio "Midday" broadcast to presentations at organic farming conferences, to consultations for the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture in the Republic of Latvia.

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 for the College 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, placement, personnel searches, development efforts and scholarships; creates partnerships between industry and education, and more.

Meetings for the Council are held 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, beginning and ending in June. In addition to their expertise, members donate their time, travel expenses and other expenses. They make a significant contribution to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

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